It feels like a lifetime ago since soccer was last played but now, we are slowly coming out from the dark and back into the light.
The last 6 months have brought with it a changing of the guard. The DA (Development Academy) has closed its doors and the MLS has taken center stage for Elite youth development in the US. MLS Next will provide an environment in which players receive the highest level of competition while acquiring the training and personal development that will prepare them for their future, both in soccer and in life. The competition platform incorporates more than 9,000 players, in six age groups, across 113 clubs, including 30 MLS professional academies, five USL academies and 78 additional elite academies.
Austin FC Academy, one of the founding members of the league and newest MLS franchise, is not hanging around when it comes to growing their academy. Hiring former MLS professional Tyson Wahl as their Academy General Manager was a true statement to the league that they wanted only the best for their program and its players.
The days of turning up, playing, and going home are fast becoming a thing of the past. Technology is starting to play a huge role in both the professional and grassroots levels. GPS systems, heart rate monitors and of course, game film.
Back in April, Tyson Wahl and I jumped on what was becoming a novelty at the time, a zoom call. At the height of the COVID pandemic and everyone in full lockdown mode, I displayed Veo’s capabilities virtually, a first for me, but a challenge I relished. Cut to September and with soccer slowly starting to hit the fields again, Austin FC Academy got chance to try out their new toy!
“Incredibly helpful for our academy”
The Academy staff have been using Veo now for about a month now, so I reached out to Tyson Wahl and asked the question, “How and what have Austin FC been doing with Veo?”
While the season is still in its early days, we are extremely proud to be working with Austin FC Academy and providing their staff and players with the valuable resources they need.
Everyone at Veo is keeping a close eye on the games and look forward to catching up in the future.
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