U15 Girls win the West Pines Kick Off Classic

U15 Girls win the West Pines Kick Off Classic in penalty kicks

Darwin Espinal, former Plantation FC player, signs with professional club, Tampa Bay Rowdies from the NASL
About Plantation Eagles Football Club
The Plantation Eagles Football Club is one of the oldest and largest clubs of its type in South Florida. It is a premier soccer club featuring competitive teams for boys and girls playing in various leagues in the state under the auspices of the Florida Youth Soccer Association and run through the cooperation and sponsorship of the Plantation Athletic League.

All of the coaches are USSF licensed. Many have played professionally or on national teams and are supervised by the board of directors for the club. Specialty trainers for goal keepers, fitness, and conditioning are provided to our teams. Our fields and facilities are considered to be among the best in the country.
Since 1987 we have hosted the Thanksgiving Holiday Classic tournament which draws over 200 teams from the South to our community for a fun but rigorous test of soccer skills. In addition, our teams are encouraged to participate in other local and state-wide tournaments to further improve their performance. All of our players are exposed to collegiate interests and urged to participate in the Olympic Development Program.
Hinds verbally commits to University of NC soccer program

Plantation resident Hinds verbally commits to University of North Carolina soccer program



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What are the 6 C's?

Momentum potential as a player is largely governed by six psychological qualities or skills that are put to the test during each soccer match. From now on these will be referred to as the 6 Cs:

The 6 C's 

    •    Commitment – refers to ones desire, determination, and persistence to accomplish a task – it involves giving 100% and making sacrifices

    •    Concentration – refers to ones ability to focus or change their focus at key times

    •    Confidence – refers to ones belief in ones self, of those around them, and of ones capacities and abilities

    •    Communication – refers to ones ability to receive and provide effective information, and to interact with and influence those around them

    •    Control - refers to ones ability to maintain composure and control of ones emotions in a variety of situations, in various ways and through various means

    •    Cohesion- If you imagine iron fillings and you run a magnet along them, they will fall into a straight line. Team synergy or cohesion is exactly like that: it’s channeling the energy of a team in a concentrated direction.




Plantation FC hosted a college seminar for PFC players
Munga Eketebi
Broward College, Head Coach - Men's Soccer
"There are 3 kinds of players.  Those who make things happen, those that watch what happens, and those who say what happened"
On Monday, September 22nd, Plantation FC hosted a college seminar for PFC players u15-u18 boys and girls.  Guest speaker, Munga Eketebi, gave an animated presentation about the college recruiting process.  He did a wonderful job informing our parents with valuable information about selecting a college, how to be recruited, and rules and requirements of college and universities around the country.  Munga also shared some funny stories about his experience recruiting players the past 20 years of being a college coach and preached the importance of having the right mentality and attitude toward becoming a college soccer player.  Munga is currently the men's head coach at Broward College.  Prior to BC, Munga was at Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University as the head coach for the men's soccer programs.  
PFC will host another college seminar in March 2015 with Munga in order to refresh PFC families.  In the meantime, PFC will be arranging team meetings with Munga in order to go into more detail and accommodate the needs of each team and their college planning.  
Eagles program wins praise from NSU professor

Find out what a Nova Southeastern University professor said to Plantation Eagles director of coaching John Ramos  (the letter is reprinted in its entirety):

Cogi Training Camp 2014

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Top 9 "Must Haves" For Kids in Sports to be Successful

Top 9 “Must Haves” For Kids In Sports To Be Successful

fWhat Are The “Must Haves” For Kids In Sports?
 youth sports coachesWelcome to the Mental Toughness Academy!  I’m Craig Sigl, the mental toughness trainer for youth athletes.

I hear from our parents all the time about how their kids are struggling in their sport for a variety of reasons.

We all get our children to participate in sports for “all the right” reasons and when it does not go as planned it can be extremely frustrating.

So I wanted to do a post to give you some ideas on how you can positively effect your kids experience playing their sport.  I would also love to hear your stories and experiences in the comments section below.  You are also always welcome to ask me questions there as well.

Enjoy this video explaining the 9 “Must Haves” every parent should know for kids in sports

Germany Trip 2014

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Changing the Game in Youth Sports

Changing the Game in Youth Sports

On April 26, 2014 I had the honor of presenting a talk at TEDx Bend Oregon entitled “Changing the Game in Youth Sports.” The power of the TED platform, and its international recognition as a brand that brings “ideas worth sharing” to the forefront of conversation, was such an incredible platform to be able to present the 14 minute version of the Changing the Game Project mission. You can see it here:

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Coach Fabian is back at Plantation FC!

For more information on Coach Fabian click the link: http://www.plantationeagles.com/holidaysoccercamp/index_E.html

For Kids ONLY!

This column is for the kids. Adults can stop reading now.


The Missing Ingredient in US Talent Development
Eagles donate school supplies to local children in need

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Children begin playing football with no emotional attachment to the game.  They need to have an experience that makes them want to come back.  An experience that makes them want to play independent of adults. In our desire to provide football for children, it is easy to forget this.  While our approach to football has become more organised and structured, the opportunities for children to play spontaneous or street football have become fewer and fewer.  Many children’s first contact with the game is through organised sessions at a designated place and time.

A child will make almost any environment their playground once given the opportunity. In playgrounds, children learn to assess different situations, predict outcomes, take risks and develop confidence in their own abilities. They instinctively seek out opportunities to play.  It is the football coach’s responsibility to respond by creating an environment that intrigue, excite and stimulate.  In such football environments, children are able to explore both themselves and the world through the game.  The coach must also create the right balance between preserving the child’s sense of freedom and ensuring learning takes place.

The French philosopher René Descartes once said: “I think, therefore I am.”   Perhaps he could have said: “I play, therefore I am”.   It is through play that children learn and it is through play that children consolidate what they have learnt.  Play by definition is intrinsically motivated.  It is the child’s way of doing things.  It is simply what they do.

Play comes naturally to a child, just like sleeping or eating.  The need to play remains throughout our lives. But we give it new names.  A footballer playing at the top of his game might say he is “in the zone“.  Scientists and artists engrossed in their work talk about “the flow“.  It is still just PLAY.
And Play is our starting point.  It is where we begin.


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U18 Sports Medicine

U18 Sports Medicine is an official sponsor of the Plantation Thanksgiving Classic.  During the Plantation Thanksgiving Classic certified and licensed athletic trainers from U18 Sports Medicine will be onsite throughout the tournament to attend to players’ medical needs and injuries.  In the event of an injury feel free to visit their website and request an appointment.  They will contact you the next business day and offer you an appointment with one of their pediatric orthopaedic physicians in the time that best suits your needs.     


For more information on U18 Sports Medicine, please visit their website at: www.u18sportsmedicine.com

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