Featured Coach: Neil Armour of West Coast FC
Our Featured Coach series continues with an interview with Neil Armour of West Coast FC.
Armour is currently the head coach for the BU15 and BU16 teams, and he also served as the head coach of a professional team in the Asian Soccer League for five seasons.
You can learn more about his experience in the game by visiting his official West Coast FC page.
1. Who is your favorite professional player to watch, and what is it about his game that intrigues you the most?
Neil: My favorite professional player to watch was Diego Maradona. Right now though it is probably Edin Hazard. The way he moves around the field creating space for himself and his teammates is always exciting to watch.
He is so quick with the ball at his feet. The way he really just glides past defenders. He also seems like a really nice down to earth guy.
2. What are the major characteristics that you try to instill in your players in order to help them strive to become a complete soccer player?
Neil: Hard work and discipline. Whether they become a professional soccer player or play in college, there is no substitute for hard work and discipline.
If they have these characteristics, they can achieve a lot in life.
3. Is there a specific individual training drill that you would recommend for all youth soccer players?
Neil: I personally like to do a lot of possession-type drills. The reality is if you cannot possess the soccer ball, you are in trouble more often than not.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development?
Neil: There are a couple of things. When kids that left the team years before still stay in touch with me and even call me for advice years later. This makes me extremely happy.
I also take a lot of satisfaction out of being able to help kids who are maybe not as blessed as we are.
5. What is the most influential piece of advice that you've received that's helped you throughout your career?
Neil: This one is easy. Keep your mouth shut and listen. Unfortunately I was no good at either. You can just ask my wife.