Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
INTERVIEW: Paul Clement, Chelsea FC youth manager
December 30th, 2008 8AM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Reporter



As manager of Chelsea's youth team program and now manager of its reserve team, Paul Clement is familiar with the U.S. soccer scene.

Indeed, he has traveled to the United States twice in two months, first with the U-18s to the Newark International Soccer in November and now with the U-17s, who advanced to Tuesday's final against Kentucky's Javanon in their Showcase division at Disney's Soccer Showcase.

Clement gave the Youth Soccer Reporter his impressions on Chelsea's trip.

"This the second year we have come out here to Disney," said Clement. "We have a partnership with Disney, a good relationship with them. The experience has been good on our players. It's a nice break from the cold back home. It's to nice to get to play in warm weather."

Clement said the travel is hard. The young Blues traveled on Friday from London to Orlando and played the next day, the first what will be four games in four days.

"The 26th was a very long day," Clement said, "and it had a bit of an impact. The games are challenging."

The Christmas holidays in Orlando might seem to be a vacation, but Clement says his players are taking the trip very seriously.

"The boys are very professional," he said. "They understand that football is first and foremost. The schedule is so busy they little time to do anything else."

Clement says the long trip itself is an experience for the players, the kind they'll have to deal with if they move on to have international careers.

"They have to deal with time zones and jet lag and recover quickly."

Chelsea's team includes four first-year scholars -- full-time members of its academy program -- and the rest are schoolboys, many of them England U-16 internationals. A special soccer-schooling program Chelsea runs allows the schoolboys to spend two days a week with the club.

Clement is realistic in his view of the U.S. teams he's seen.

"It's a mixture," he admitted. "All of them are competitive, want to win and try very hard. There are some good individual players on the teams that have caught the eye. The players have a good work ethic."

The Chelsea youth boss reiterated the concern he has about the overemphasis on competition at the youth level.

"My advice for U.S. soccer is to play less games and practice more," said Clement. "Just playing all the time with tournaments like this and games will get you fit and competitive, but you need practice to develop technically and tactically. There needs to be a balance."

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Fifty-six Alianza finalists land trial invites    
Salvador Martinez, a 16-year-old from Mission, Texas, led Powerade Sueno Alianza finalists with trial invitations from ...
U.S. U-16 boys beat England, 2-1    
Ulysses Llanez of the Los Angeles Galaxy academy scored both goals as the U.S. U-16 boys ...
U.S. U-18 women beat Northern Ireland     
The U.S. U-18 women's national team beat host Northern Ireland, 3-0, to finish second at the ...
Roster: U.S. U-18 women in Northern Ireland    
U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs has taken a 20-player squad -- eight 1999s and ...
Four clubs added to Girls Development Academy; U.S. Soccer sets six regional divisions    
U.S. Soccer has announced the addition of four clubs to the Girls Development Academy, which kicks ...
Roster: U.S. U-17 boys in St. Louis    
The U.S. U-17 boys national team is in St. Louis Oct. 6-9 with a 20-player squad, ...
Roster: 24-player U-19 men's squad trains in California    
Coach Brad Friedel's 24-player squad training Oct. 3-10 in Chula Vista, California, consists of 10 MLS ...
Coaching Education: Futsal online course     
The NSCAA and U.S. Futsal have launched the first online futsal coaching course.
U.S. U-20 women to face Venezuela twice    
The U.S. U-20 women's national team is in its final training camp, Oct. Oct. 1-12 in ...
Roster: 26 U.S. U-14 girls in California camp    
Coach April Kater is running a 26-player U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, California, ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives