We caught up with new Girls Technical Director Bobby Puppione to check in with him
as he begins working with FCV.
What made you decide to join FC Virginia?
I have been in the DMV area since the end of August 2017. Instead of jumping right in to a club job, I wanted to get familiar with the area and get to know the soccer scene. I felt like it was a good fit with FC Virginia because we have similar philosophies and
beliefs. FCV has also shown a commitment to player development that is known not just locally, but across the country. I am excited to be a part of a club that puts the player first, and focuses on developing each player to their fullest potential — on and
off the field.
What are you looking forward to this spring and beyond?
There are a lot of things I am looking forward to this spring. First off, I am excited to get to know the players. I’ve had the opportunity to see them play a lot because of my work with US Soccer. Now, I am able to get to see them in their daily environment. This will allow me to help them grow so they can improve as players and people. I am also looking forward to collaborating with the highly qualified staff at FCV. The directors and coaches have a diverse background in the game. I believe this is great for the players at the club as they can learn from many qualified educators. I am also looking forward to being in a quality daily training environment where the players are challenged
technically, tactically, physically, and mentally. In this environment, the players will able to grow and be prepared for their DA matches, the college game, and beyond. And I can’t wait to continue to grow the FCV program and make it not just one of the best clubs in the region, but also in the country.
You’ve been with the club since the second week of February. What have you noticed already about FCV that stands out?
In the short time I have been with FCV, I have noticed things about the club that are similar to other top clubs I have visited or been a part of from around the country.
Some of the things I have noticed are:
- quality training sessions that challenge the players
- integration between DA teams/coaches and NPL teams/coaches
- interaction between the Zone 1 players (6-12 years old) and the oldest players in the club
- quality educators/coaches who are teaching and making the players better
- players committing to college programs / finding the right fit
- players enjoying their experience at FCV
These are just some of the things that have stood out to me so far in the short time I have been here at FC Virginia. I am looking forward to building on these and continuing to improve the every day environment for our players and coaches throughout the club.
What are some of the benefits you have seen in the first six months of the Girls DA?
Through my experience with US Soccer, scouting DA matches, and working in a DA club, here are some of the benefits I have seen from players participating in the Development Academy system:
- quality matches
- good training to game ratio
- first class training environment
- matches scouted by US Soccer scouts and coaches
- college coaches at training, games, and showcases
- positive feedback from college coaches about the quality of players/teams along
with noticing the benefit of the training to game ratio
- video analysis and player monitoring systems
These are just some of the benefits I have seen from the Girls DA. It is important for
players to be in a quality daily environment around quality players, top coaches, and
high level training sessions and matches. This type of environment, where the players
are put first, allows the players to grow.
You are known for your experience in helping players with the college recruiting process and in preparing players for college and beyond. How are you going to help FCV players in the recruiting process?
FC Virginia has a good history of being able to help send players to quality programs around the country. It is important for us coaches to work with the players to help find the right fit for the players. Not every college program is right for every player. It is important for us to continue to educate the players on the process and do what we can to put them in a position where they can find the right fit. I plan to take the current college recruiting programming and advance it for the players and coaches. We will use meetings, coaching panels, surveys, and more to aid each of the players. Through our connections with college coaches across the country, we can connect our players with programs to fit the needs of the players and the specific program. Once committed, we will work with these players to continue developing as players and young adults so that when they get to their college program, they are in the best position to succeed on and off the field. It is great that we are able to commit to their development in our training environment so that they can improve on their areas needing work so that they are best prepared once they leave FCV after their senior year of high school. And even after they leave, they will still be able to call us “family.” We will be there for them with advice, training, and continued support.
FC Virginia US Development Academy is excited to announce our Spring USDA ID Clinic schedule.
FCV is the #1 USDA program in the Metro DC Area.
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The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is an elite, nationwide program designed to develop and identify world-class players. For more information about the Development Academy, please click here.