ANB International ID Camp - a resounding success

July 13, 2012 (RELEASE) --

Between June 4th to June 12th, 2012, The ANB Academy had the privilege of hosting the European Coaches/Scouts for its 4th International ID Camp at the ANB Futbol complex at The Country Day School (King City, Ont).

Scout Gerald Passi, Viarreal FC, Spain
Scout Guillaume Du Moulin, Euro Futbol Event /Ex. AJ Auxerre, France
Coach Jean-Phillipe Nallet, Saint-Etienne, France
Coach Francois Rodrigues, Stade Malherbe Caen, France
Scout Bob Bennett, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England
Scout Stefano Calvigioni, Scouting Consultant for AS Roma and Lazio, Italy

On June 9th & 10th, the ANB Futbol complex at CDS hosted 80 athletes from all over Canada, for 2 days of practical sessions, small sided games, coordination/speed testing & full sided games. The professionals' comments are below:

- Coach Rodrigues "This is my 6th time in Canada; I'm impressed with the improvement level of the ANB players and the good quality players that are from outside the academy, especially among the younger ages."

- Scout Du Moulin "I'm seeing a lot of improvement in the younger players; it is just a matter of time before North American players to close the gap."

- Coach Passi "The younger group (10 to 14 yrs. old) has players that are more talented than what I have seen in France; this is a good sign for the future. These young players must be monitored on a yearly basis."

On the evening of Saturday June 10th, the European Coaches delivered a two hour lecture/open forum on the youth system of development in their respective clubs/federations. To summarize:

- Gerald Passi talked about the recruiting system at Viarreal FC, Spain.

- Bob Bennett discussed the recruiting system at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Club History, and the next phase after relegation.

- Francois Rodrigues elaborated on the strength of Caen's formation system in producing top level professionals.

- Guillaume Du Moulin said that North America's football/soccer is in forward motion.

- Stefano Calvigioni talked about the pyramid of play in Italy, his relationship with pro clubs and highlighted the experience of a young Canadian talent at AS Roma.

For the youth, their overall message was very clear:

- Technique will always be the foundation of the futbol player.

- Age related training is fundamental.

- Higher frequency of training is essential. ANB Results:

- Competitions' outcomes should reflect the development of the player.

Outcome of the ID CAMP:

- Jason Mills has been formally invited to tryout for L'Olympique de Marseille reserves in France.

- 2 more players are to be invited for a development year at Annecy FC, partner club for Saint-Etienne, France.

- Several players born in 1999 & 1998 are short listed as potential future trialists in professional clubs in France, England & Italy.

- Additional options available for players who are interested in trying out in France and Italy.

- Coach Bob Bennett will be attending The Foyle Cup in Northern Ireland & The Keele Cup in the UK, along with local Wolverhampton Wolves scouts, to follow specific players participating in theses competitions with ANB Futbol Academy during its 2012 European Tour.

ANB academy's vision is to become Canada's leading soccer development organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB Academy, check out our website, contact us by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via e-mail at


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