EX PRO FOOTBALLER / SOCCER PLAYER DANNY DICHIO ANSWERS QUESTIONS FOR WWW.YOUTHTOPROSOCCER.COM
Danny Dichio is an ex professional footballer/soccer player who has played in the English Premier League, Italian Seria A, and the MLS. He has recently took a job on the Fox Soccer Channel as a news Analyst. His main role now is a coach for the Toronto FC Academy, who he played for the MLS. Here is a link to Danny’s Website: http://www.Dichio24.com
1/ what is your role at Toronto FC?
I am Head Coach of the U19 TFC Academy team
2/ what is your philosophy as a coach?
My philosophy is to play an attacking style of football with lots of interchanging from the players. I like to play out of 4-3-3 system, so we have to teach players how to improve technically first, before we can even start talking tactically. In this system, if you do not have players that are comfortable on the ball, then you are going to be defending a lot or getting scored on a lot, as your team is so stretched to try & create space to play.
3/ Do you think the level of players in the US and Canada is improving?
Dramatically so! In the US, you can see at a senior level how many players are playing abroad(Europe especially), that this has increased the standard. This due to the money the US soccer federation invested with Nike into their Youth programs a few years back.
Here in Toronto, we have a different scenario bubbling up. We have a very eclectic array of nationalities living here now & they are from all prominent football countries. England, Italy, Portugal, brazil, Jamaica, Africa, Caribbean, these are just a few of the places where these kids are from or their parents have originated, so that meaning that football is in their culture already, which is a massive plus!
4/ What is the main difference between Canadian/US soccer than English football? Players and Coaches?
I think the main difference is the Media & how much it is in everyone’s face in England constantly. Its our #1 sport in the UK compared to here in North America where we have 4 or 5 other sports to compete with. The coaching is getting a lot better here too. The major problem here in Canada is the Facilities, fields(lack of), + money being put back into the development of coaches & players.
5/ The USSF has implemented a new curriculum. Has Canadian soccer done a similar thing.
No. Canada is miles behind the USSSF in those kind of programs. They have people here who want to implement them, but the people who make the decisions are not the right people who want to move football on in this country.
6/ Do you think Academy soccer in Canada/US is at a similar level to European academies?
Its probably getting there, but I would not say its level yet. The Academies at the Pro clubs in England is very serious(even here at TFC) & you have to consistently perform to want to be a part of it. Other Academies I see in North America where the kids are paying are a little bit different as I feel the Parents still have too much of a say in what the kid is doing.
7/ Do you ever get back to watch QPR now they are back in the Premier League.
I am going back at Christmas to spend some time at Chelsea, Arsenal & QPR to watch training session etc. So I am sure I will catch a game at Loftus Road then.