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Director of Soccer Operations

Universal Soccer Academy
71 Ark Rd
Lumberton , New Jersey 08048
United States

Company Description: Universal Soccer Academy has been providing knowledge and training to the world of soccer since 2000. We have been improving the play of advanced soccer players and...   more
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  • Chadwick High School
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New Jersey Wildcats
www.njwildcats.com, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
A special thanks to Universal Soccer Academy, our very respected Soccer Training Academy Partner and their Director James Galanis for placing Laylla on our squad for the NJ Wildcats 2014 season.
Read this article below for more info about Universal Soccer Academy, James Galanis, and Laylla Da Cruz:
Academy Staff - Universal Soccer Academy
www.universalsocceracademy.com, 27 Dec 2014 [cached]
James Galanis
Director of Soccer Operations James Galanis is considered one of the best coaches/teachers of soccer in the USA. For over a decade James has helped players of all ages and all levels excel at individual development, the game, and in life itself. His wisdom and methodology come from his own experiences in life and on the soccer field. James is an Australian native who made his professional soccer debut at the tender age of 15. He worked under various high-level coaches including world soccer legend Ferenc Puskas and he played in Australia's National Competition for three years, spending the majority of his career competing in the Victorian Second Division. After a successful senior playing career, James arrived in the United States where he began evaluating soccer as a profession. James identified that there were no training programs that specialized in training and preparing players seeking to play at the highest level. James began to instruct players seeking to play at the highest level and quickly recognized his ability to create an environment that helped these students excel at a rapid pace. The idea of creating an academy that would specialize in training soccer players who are seeking to play professionally was born. In 2000 Galanis, founded Universal Soccer Academy: an academy focused on high-level and professional development through both classes and on the field training.
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In 2002, James expanded the Academy and took his priceless knowledge and training methods to South America. James launched Universal Argentina located in the providence of Cordoba. Today, Universal Argentina is respected for producing players who have gone on to represent Argentinean national teams and players that are playing in Argentina's top divisions. In 2010, James was appointed Head Coach of the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). The Atlanta Beat has turned to James' player development methods as it looks towards James to build a young team that will dominate WPS soccer in the future. James is a specialist in player development. He thrives on helping young players achieve their goals and find their dreams. James is a first class role model for all young players and a true teacher of the game. James remains a student of the game and continues to work tirelessly for all Universal Soccer Academy students.
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James Galanis Director of Soccer Operations
Brazilian National Team Player-spends winter break training at Universal! - Universal Soccer Academy
www.universalsocceracademy.com, 27 Dec 2014 [cached]
A longtime fan of US Women's National Team midfielder and Universal Soccer Academy veteran, Carli Lloyd, Laylla learned about James Galanis (President and Director of Universal Soccer Academy) through Carli's posts on social media. She quickly realized if she wanted to be the best, she needed to train with the best.
"I'm a big fan of Carli's and I've always followed her on social media. The more I saw her play, the more I wanted to be as good as her someday," admits the business major from Ouro Branco, Brazil. "I did some research and came across James' name. I learned that Carli has been training with him at Universal Soccer Academy for the past 10 years. I knew then that I needed to train with him. I reached out but didn't really expect a response."
Before long, James replied to Laylla's request and the two formed an instant friendship. Despite a distance of over 4,000 miles, James was able to help prepare Laylla for her first ever appearance with the Brazilian National Team last November.
"We would talk on the phone every night after my training with the full team," Laylla recalls. "I would tell him what we worked on that day and he would tell me what I needed to do to stay sharp. James really focused on my mental preparation, as well as fitness and nutrition, which was new for me."
Known for his commitment to building well-rounded athletes, James' core curriculum is centered on improving his students' technical skills, tactical awareness, physical power, mental toughness, and character. Knowing she was about to face the biggest game of her life, James decided to focus on building Laylla's self-confidence and mental toughness.
According to James, "The mental part of the game is everything.
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"I remember thinking to myself, 'I've learned more in 2 days here than I have in my whole life!' I was surprised how much I was learning from James. Most of the time you see coaches give direction and then let you run drills, but not James. He's there to give tips every step of the way."
"Our goal for Laylla during her first week at Universal was to feed her with as much information as possible about the habits of a champion athlete," noted James. "I see a lot of passion and potential in Laylla-she's loaded with exceptional ball handling skills and mature tactical awareness. I really wanted her to see that playing at a world class level requires a plan, hard work, and sacrifice."
While spending a winter break running two-a-day training sessions with one of the premier soccer coaches in the women's game may not sound like a vacation to some people, Laylla can't wait for more.
"I had so much fun training with James in New Jersey this week," she said. "The facility is so nice and everyone was so friendly. I can't wait to come back this summer and continue to hone my skills so I can work on being the world class player James tells me I can be."
Medford Strikers Soccer Club
www.medfordstrikers.com, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
James Galanis Technical Director 609-254-0335 info@medfordstrikers.com
Women's Professional Soccer :: Atlanta Beat :: Coaching Staff
www.womensprosoccer.com, 24 April 2012 [cached]
JAMES GALANIS HEAD COACH
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James Galanis
James Galanis is an Australian native who made his professional soccer debut at the tender age of 15. He worked under various high-level coaches including world soccer legend Ferenc Puskas and he played in Australia's National Competition for three years, spending the majority of his career competing in the Victorian Second Division.
Through his experience in the Second Division, Galanis became a thinker of the sport and laid a strong foundation for his tactical perspective of the game. He faced opponents such as national teams from Germany, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Italy, England, Chile, Uruguay and many others.
At age 27, Galanis arrived in the United States where he began evaluating soccer as a profession. He recognized his ability to create an ideal environment as a natural teacher of the game, and after working at Smart Soccer and MLS Camps, he decided to become a more serious coach.
Galanis founded Universal Soccer Academy which he based on a personal dream to build an academy focused on high-level and professional development through both classes and training, with training consisting of technical skills, tactical awareness, physical power, mental toughness and character.
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As Director and Program Designer for Universal Argentina, which in 2000 began operation in Cordoba, Galanis designed a training regimen tailored to producing elite Argentinean players. The academy is renowned for producing players who have gone on to represent Argentinean national teams. Galanis was also appointed Club Director for Medford Striker Soccer Club while he was building Universal Soccer. Medford has an amazing history having won 22 State Cup Championships. Since that appointment, Galanis transformed Medford Strikers into a club that boht accepts only serious soccer players and gains recognition for the dynamic and educated football they play.
Growing up in Australia, Galanis also studied Karate for over 15 years. He was nationally ranked and credits karate for teaching him the mental toughness to never give up and to fight to the end.
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