San Diego Summer Kicking Camp – July 27th, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history  John Matich, announced today that The Kicking System will open their National Kicking Camps on July 27th, 2014 in San Diego. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Combine and San Diego Kicking Competition.

Coach Matich and The Kicking System have gained a reputation among many top college football programs as the most elite football kicking development system in the country.

For more information or to register to participate in The Kicking System, contact John Matich at 619-994-2364, or via email at john@kickingsystem.com.

 

 

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 Brazil Versus Croatia: Match Preview

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On the opening day of the 2014 World Cup, the Croatian national team goes into Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo as heavy underdogs. As the host country, Brazil is favored in the opening match at 11-1 odds and will be playing in front of an expected home crowd of 65,000.

But the pressure may very well be on Brazil.  Although only drawing from a country of 4 million people, Croatia will field a talented, veteran-laden squad with nearly 1,000 caps among its players — and a lot to play for.

The Balkans have been hard hit by flooding from cyclone Tamara in recent weeks, and the Croatian players are expected to take the field on Thursday buoyed by a ground swell of emotion about all that their countrymen (and the region in general) are going through.  On top of that, the Croatian side benefits from a rich legacy in football and a strong commitment to player development from its professional teams.  For example, Croatia is one of several successor countries to Yugoslavia, which had a rich history of international success in football.  In fact, it is because of their longstanding success in football that Yugoslavia’s national team (or the Plavi) ironically became known as the “Brazilians of Europe.”  Now, the great soccer traditions of that country are being carried into this year’s World Cup by Croatia and Bosnia–Herzegovina.

Croatia, in particular, has a recognized history in player development.  Its leading professional club, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, is widely regarded as one of the top youth development programs in Europe.   A series of big name stars have come through Dinamo’s youth system, including Luka Modric who plays in La Liga for Real Madrid. Modric will be the triggerman for Croatia in the opening match.  Paired with Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic in Croatia’s midfield, Modric will be key if Croatia is to be successful in denying the Brazilians possession of the ball.

Another product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth system is Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk).  In an interesting backdrop to the game, Eduardo is Brazilian born and made the move to Croatia to join Dinamo’s youth program.  Eduardo took up citizenship in Croatia in 2002 and is expected to see substantial action against Brazil due to the one-game suspension of Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, who received a red card in Croatia’s last qualifying match against Iceland.

Beyond Dinamo’s representation on Croatia’s side, their current U17 team is heralded as the best in Europe.  Other top professional clubs have taken notice. Most recently, FC Barcelona agreed to a deal to sign 17-year-old Croatia international Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an initial £1.8m.

Dinamo’s reputation in player development extends beyond Europe as well.  It has been reported that 17-year-old, U.S.-based Román Martin has been linked to a move to Dinamo Zagreb this summer.  Martin is a product of San Diego’s Nomads Soccer Club and will be enjoying his fourth stint overseas this summer having formerly toured Europe with two different Brazilian clubs. Other American players have garnered interest at Dinamo as well.  The draw of playing overseas continues to be the opportunity to be exposed to player development programs where there is an established track record of producing results like GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

When the opening match of the 2014 World Cup kicks off on June 12, no one should be surprised by the quality of play on both sides of the ball.  Croatia will field a team with not only depth and veteran experience, but also one of the best midfields in the World Cup. If Croatia can protect against the pace of Brazil on the wings, the opening game of the World Cup presents an intriguing early match up.

Flash News:  Set to take the field for Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, Ivan Rakitic is reportedly set to sign with FC Barcelona. Rakitic, who was rumored to have fallen out of talks with his current club Sevilla, is now supposed to sign a long term deal with the Catalan club. Other clubs such as Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid have also expressed interest in the Croatian midfielder.  But FC Barcelona seems to now be front runner for Rakitic’s services as a potential replacement of Cesc Fabregas.

San Diego Kicking Camp – December 1st, 2013 – La Jolla Country Day School – 9-12pm – john@kickingsystem.com

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history  John Matich, announced today that The Kicking System will open their National Kicking Camp on Dec 1st. 2013 at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Combine and San Diego Kicking Competition.

Nomads’ Martin invited to join Brazilian club

Congrats Roman!  Nice article from Soccer America — TKS going national and international!

 

August 22nd, 2013 7:48PM  Posted from Soccer America

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Roman Martin has been invited to join the Clube Pequeninos do Jockey of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the club known for developing players like Kaka, Ze Roberto and Julio Baptista. Martin, a product of the La Jolla Nomads, is the first non-Brazilian to be invited to play with the club in its 38-year history.

After competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase in Dallas in June, Martin flew to Finland to join Clube Pequeninos do Jockey’s team of 15- and 16-year-old players that began their European campaign in the U-17/18 division of the Helsinki Cup, where they lost in the semifinals in a shootout.

Martin scored six goals on the tour.

“Roman’s play this summer was spectacular,” said Odir Martins, Clube Pequeninos do Jockey’s U-16 coach. “He is a highly skilled player with great vision. For him to travel half way around the world and step into a new team and help us win at this level says a lot about the caliber of player that he is.”

San Diego Youth Roman Martin Shines on Europe’s Soccer Fields

San Diego Youth Roman Martin Shines on Europe’s Soccer Fields                 
San Diego Youth Roman Martin Shines on Europe's Soccer Fields  | Roman Martin, Roman Martin Shines in Europe with Brazilian Youth Soccer Club, Clube Pequeninos do Jockey, Helsinki Cup

Roman Martin Clube Pequeninos do Jockey

Youth Soccer News: Roman Martin Shines in Europe with Brazilian Youth Soccer Club

Attacking midfielder Roman Martin (1997) plays club soccer for the Nomads U.S. Development Academy and prep soccer at La Jolla Country Day School. After returning from a 40-day European tour, SoccerNation News (SNN) caught up with Martin in his hometown of San Diego, California.

It has been a successful and busy summer for Roman Martin of San Diego, California. In the spring, Martin was notified that he was selected to the 20-man travel roster of famed Clube Pequeninos do Jockey of São Paulo, Brazil, which is known for developing professional players such as Zé Roberto (Grêmio) and Júlio Baptista (Cruzeiro).

After competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase in Dallas in June, Martin flew to Finland to join his new club.

Comprised of a team of 15- and 16-year old players, the Pequeninos began their European campaign in the U17/18 division of the Helsinki Cup. With 42 teams from countries across Europe in that division, the Pequeninos ran through the field undefeated until a semi-final loss in a penalty shoot-out. 

“The semi-finals was a game that got away from us,” said Martin. “What I remember most about Helsinki was how physical the play was. Playing up even a year or two makes a big difference in international tournaments like that.”

Next, the Pequeninos sailed down the Baltic Sea to Sweden, where they dropped down to their own age group and competed in the U16 division of the Gothia Youth World Cup.

The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournaments held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. Traditionally, more than 32,000 highly competitive youth soccer players between the ages of 11 to 19 travel from over 80 countries to participate.

Pitted against over 170 teams from 30 different countries, the Pequeninos again ran through the field undefeated until a semi-final loss in the medal round to the winners of the 2012 Gothia Cup, the Kampala Juniors from Uganda.

After leading 2:0 for most of the game, the Pequeninos gave up two second-half goals and the game ended tied in regulation.  Again, the outcome was decided in a penalty shoot-out and the Pequeninos again came out on the losing end.

When asked what he will remember most about the Youth World Cup, Martin said, “It was the semi-finals. It was one of those special games where there was a lot of talent on the field. It was a battle and could easily have gone either way. I would like to play them again,” Martin said with a smile. The Kampala Juniors went on to win gold for the second year in a row. 

Roman Martin Shines in Europe  with Brazilian Club

In Denmark, everything fell into place. The Pequeninos went undefeated in the Dana Cup, winning nine consecutive games to take the gold medal out of a field of 125 teams from across the globe. 

Roman Martin Shines in Europe  with Brazilian Club
2013 Dana Cup U16 Finals

The Dana Cup is also one of the world’s largest football tournaments which takes place every year in Denmark at the end of July. There are usually more than 25,000 participants (players, coaches and referees) from all around the world and it is commonly referred to as “the world’s most international youth soccer tournament”.

“It was a great tournament for us,” said Martin. “It was exciting to win the finals and then be recognized as a team while the Brazilian national anthem was played. As an American, it was a special moment for me.  I remember wishing my friends and family from SoCal could have been there.” 

After Denmark, the Pequeninos sailed to Oslo and played in the Norway Cup with close to 200 other teams in the U16 division where their only loss came in the Round of 16 against a strong Congolese team known as TP Mazembe. Afterwards, the Pequeninos regrouped and won the Sandar Cup in Norway, capping the club’s best-ever European campaign with a final record of 31:3:2.

Roman Martin Shines in Europe with Brazilian Club
2013 Dana Cup Champion

 

In speaking with Odir Martins, Clube Pequeninos do Jockey’s coach, SN asked about Martin’s performance. Coach Martins said, “Roman’s play was spectacular. He is an exciting attacking player with great vision. For him to travel half way around the world and step into a new team and help us win at this level says a lot about him as a player.”

When asked what he will remember most about Roman, Coach Martins said, “He is the type of player you can look to in key moments of a game when you need a big play, whether it is scoring a critical goal like he did in the semi-finals of the Youth World Cup or making a key defensive stop or that final pass that puts a teammate in a scoring position. In Brazil, coaches view that as a really important quality.” 

After playing in four out of five of Europe’s biggest international tournaments, SNN asked Martin what was next on his list. “I am just happy to be back in SoCal,” said Martin. “This fall, I am focused on helping the Nomads Academy do well and preparing for collage at La Jolla Country Day.”

SoccerNation News has followed Martin for several years now and look forward to seeing him play locally over the next two years before he moves on to the next level. 

- See more at: http://www.soccernation.com/san-diego-youth-roman-martin-shines-on-europes-soccer-fields–cms-4643#sthash.mdAwqDkC.dpuf

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Roman Martin Clube Pequeninos do Jockey

Youth Soccer News: Roman Martin Shines in Europe with Brazilian Youth Soccer Club

Attacking midfielder Roman Martin (1997) plays club soccer for the Nomads U.S. Development Academy and prep soccer at La Jolla Country Day School. After returning from a 40-day European tour, SoccerNation News (SNN) caught up with Martin in his hometown of San Diego, California.

It has been a successful and busy summer for Roman Martin of San Diego, California. In the spring, Martin was notified that he was selected to the 20-man travel roster of famed Clube Pequeninos do Jockey of São Paulo, Brazil, which is known for developing professional players such as Zé Roberto (Grêmio) and Júlio Baptista (Cruzeiro).

After competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase in Dallas in June, Martin flew to Finland to join his new club.

Comprised of a team of 15- and 16-year old players, the Pequeninos began their European campaign in the U17/18 division of the Helsinki Cup. With 42 teams from countries across Europe in that division, the Pequeninos ran through the field undefeated until a semi-final loss in a penalty shoot-out. 

“The semi-finals was a game that got away from us,” said Martin. “What I remember most about Helsinki was how physical the play was. Playing up even a year or two makes a big difference in international tournaments like that.”

Next, the Pequeninos sailed down the Baltic Sea to Sweden, where they dropped down to their own age group and competed in the U16 division of the Gothia Youth World Cup.

The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournaments held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. Traditionally, more than 32,000 highly competitive youth soccer players between the ages of 11 to 19 travel from over 80 countries to participate.

Pitted against over 170 teams from 30 different countries, the Pequeninos again ran through the field undefeated until a semi-final loss in the medal round to the winners of the 2012 Gothia Cup, the Kampala Juniors from Uganda.

After leading 2:0 for most of the game, the Pequeninos gave up two second-half goals and the game ended tied in regulation.  Again, the outcome was decided in a penalty shoot-out and the Pequeninos again came out on the losing end.

When asked what he will remember most about the Youth World Cup, Martin said, “It was the semi-finals. It was one of those special games where there was a lot of talent on the field. It was a battle and could easily have gone either way. I would like to play them again,” Martin said with a smile. The Kampala Juniors went on to win gold for the second year in a row. 

Roman Martin Shines in Europe  with Brazilian Club

In Denmark, everything fell into place. The Pequeninos went undefeated in the Dana Cup, winning nine consecutive games to take the gold medal out of a field of 125 teams from across the globe. 

Roman Martin Shines in Europe  with Brazilian Club
2013 Dana Cup U16 Finals

The Dana Cup is also one of the world’s largest football tournaments which takes place every year in Denmark at the end of July. There are usually more than 25,000 participants (players, coaches and referees) from all around the world and it is commonly referred to as “the world’s most international youth soccer tournament”.

“It was a great tournament for us,” said Martin. “It was exciting to win the finals and then be recognized as a team while the Brazilian national anthem was played. As an American, it was a special moment for me.  I remember wishing my friends and family from SoCal could have been there.” 

After Denmark, the Pequeninos sailed to Oslo and played in the Norway Cup with close to 200 other teams in the U16 division where their only loss came in the Round of 16 against a strong Congolese team known as TP Mazembe. Afterwards, the Pequeninos regrouped and won the Sandar Cup in Norway, capping the club’s best-ever European campaign with a final record of 31:3:2.

Roman Martin Shines in Europe with Brazilian Club
2013 Dana Cup Champion

 

In speaking with Odir Martins, Clube Pequeninos do Jockey’s coach, SN asked about Martin’s performance. Coach Martins said, “Roman’s play was spectacular. He is an exciting attacking player with great vision. For him to travel half way around the world and step into a new team and help us win at this level says a lot about him as a player.”

When asked what he will remember most about Roman, Coach Martins said, “He is the type of player you can look to in key moments of a game when you need a big play, whether it is scoring a critical goal like he did in the semi-finals of the Youth World Cup or making a key defensive stop or that final pass that puts a teammate in a scoring position. In Brazil, coaches view that as a really important quality.” 

After playing in four out of five of Europe’s biggest international tournaments, SNN asked Martin what was next on his list. “I am just happy to be back in SoCal,” said Martin. “This fall, I am focused on helping the Nomads Academy do well and preparing for collage at La Jolla Country Day.”

SoccerNation News has followed Martin for several years now and look forward to seeing him play locally over the next two years before he moves on to the next level. 

- See more at: http://www.soccernation.com/san-diego-youth-roman-martin-shines-on-europes-soccer-fields–cms-4643#sthash.mdAwqDkC.dpuf

Top High School Kickers in Southern California -June 2013-San Diego Kicking Coach John Matich

The weekend before the Fourth of July, was loaded with kicker and punters.  Temperatures soared over 100 degrees easily all weekend long.  San Diego Kicking Coach, John Matich nevertheless had 7 lessons, meaning TKS worked with over 20 kickers in the entire weekend.

On June 29th, Coach Matich, had three lessons which included, Owen who flew down for the weekend again from Portland, Oregon. Owen showed great improvement from our lesson from a few weeks ago, which showed us he had been working on his kicking homework. Owen, even sported the TKS T-Shirt – Special Edition #kickingsystem! By the end of the day, Coach Matich, was one tired puppy, temperatures topped over 100 degrees for most of the day.

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Owen from Portland, OR working on his field goals

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Roman Martin in action!

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Hunter from Robert Morris working on his kickoffs

On Sunday June 30th, it felt more like a San Diego Kicking Camp, starting with Roman Martin, who recently was featured in the La Jolla Light and San Diego Union Tribune. Here are the links to both articles (http://www.lajollalight.com/2013/06/16/young-shores-soccer-star-to-play-for-brazilian-team/)(http://hs.utpreps.com/news_article/show/266635). Roman is heading to Europe this week for the top youth soccer tournaments in the world, and was getting his last minute kicking adjustments.  Coach Matich also had a new student from Westview HS – Gabriel working in for the first time. TKS also had a few college kickers Hunter (Robert Morris) and Parker from (Howard) also got some work in, to name a few.  Coach Matich concluded his kicking camp weekend with sophomore Kyle from Santana HS (East County San Diego) – Kyle is on pace to become a Division 1 punter! Great workout session as he hit his first 4.63 bomb! #bombsaway.

TKS is looking forward to the Fourth of July week, which will include plenty of heat and kicking! This weeks word of the week is FREEDOM. When you are kicking — your technique should allow you plenty of freedom to swing your leg. If you are constrained and worried about missing the kick, you will miss, but if you allow your mind and body complete freedom, you will be much more consistent.
Coach Matich is looking to celebrate his FREEDOM with all his students from across the county. Happy Fourth of July!

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New student Gabriel working on his lockout

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach John Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, collegiate, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide due to its connections with several soccer and football coaches across several collegiate divisions. Along with kicking and punting instruction The Kicking System provides several strength and conditioning options to its students as well. John Matich is a former Boson College and professional kicker who is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System uses a unique approach to provide its students a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Private Kicking Lesson: James Sherman – Montgomery, Alabama

The Kicking System had the privilege of working with high school kicker James Sherman on an individual session.  James is a rising senior, from Montgomery, Alabama.  Interestingly, James’s family are good friends with Bill Walton, (The former NBA Great) and staying at his house during their brief visit to San Diego.

James was referred to Coach John Matich through Bill Walton relationships with Sportsforce and Andrew Beinbrink (sportsforceonline.com).

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James Sherman at a private kicking lesson with TKS owner John Matich in San Diego, CA – Field Goals

James, who has worked with most of the established kicking coaches across the nation and is ranked very highly in most of the recruiting boards across the nation. He has heavy interest from LSU, Tulane, and Clemson to name a few.

Unfortunately, there was bit of wind during the session on a gorgeous day at St. Augustine HS in North Park, San Diego.  Nonetheless, it did not waver our work with James.

After a few kicks, Coach Matich, started to tweak a few key fundamentals. One of which was his foot placement.  James had a history of kicking in more of a wedge type of technique. Coach Matich pointed out how this was hindering his hip getting into the kick. After a few tweaks, James was keen on getting his hip into the kick and getting down field more.

After a few kicks, James was the first High School kicker to hit a football over the, “monster” at the Saints HS field. Coach Matich was bit surprised by his massive power and ended up hitting a neighborhood car. The funny part is that the ball landed in someone’s front yard, we never got the ball back because the neighbor confiscated the ball! Unbelievable!

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Working on his foot placement — 3/4 club!!

After a few more tweaks in the field goal form, James hit a few kickoffs.  He hit a 4.25, 4.09, 4.13 and a few a few yards deep from the 35 yard line – still working on his new foot placement.  James has great lift on his kickoffs and the best I have seen from a high school kid since Billy Bennett (Torrey Pines HS) and Jack Mitchell (Northwestern University).

Afterwards kicking coach John Matich got a chance to chat with James and his family. With a few recruiting tips, James left with plenty of homework and work to do over the next few months. There is no doubt we think James can be a Division I kicker and with a few more tweaks in his kicking technique the sky is the limit for his potential.

Coach Matich is planning to spread the word about James to his network of college coaches. Should be very interesting to see where he ends up playing his college ball!

Over the last few weeks Coach Matich has had kickers flying in from Portland, Oregon, — Mobile, Alabama, and Los Angeles, CA. The word is spreading! Slots are filling up fast!

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boson College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

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