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Coaches from England teaching Northview soccer players

Friday, July 21, 2006

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Instructor James Jefferies offers pointers to his charges during a passing exercise.

The U.K. Elite soccer camp is giving young soccer players from the Brazil area a perspective on the game from across the pond.

The week-long camp, which runs through today at Northview High School, brings English coaches-- and their distinctly English passion for the game-- together with young players across the country. The camp is in its third year in Brazil.

Todd LaComba, Northview's head soccer coach, said the camp strengthens technique and breeds enthusiasm among his players.

"(The U.K. Elite instructors) are very passionate about the game," he said. "Instead of just doing drills and exercises, these kids are getting more enthusiastic about soccer."

For their part, English instructors Mark Drane and James Jefferies enjoy participating in the camps, despite the stifling heat they've had to endure this week.

"It's not as bad as this (in England)," Jefferies said. "You appreciate how hard these guys work. You've got to take your hat off to them."

The most played and watched sport in the world, soccer has yet to fully catch on in the United States. But with a large talent pool and steadily growing interest, Jefferies is convinced the U.S. will win soccer's Holy Grail-- the World Cup-- in the not-too-distant future.

"It'll happen," he said. "The opportunities here are great, and the best kids are being developed. It might still be 10 years, but it's gonna happen."

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