My name is Armando. I was a children's soccer coach for more than 30 years. I studied a doctorate in Sports Research in Mexico and I have been specializing in the teaching and learning processes in sports initiation, specifically what interested me was how conceptual thinking is developed both in grassroots sports coaches and in practitioners.
I am also a Soccer Technical Director graduated from ATFA Argentina with academic training in Communication Sciences. I am currently president of the Association of Formative Soccer Coaches A.C. and author of seven books on youth soccer and promoter of a derivative of the comprehensive model that I have called the “Concept-Based Approach”.
Goals I have for my country
In Mexico, many colleagues do not have the economic opportunities to pay for a university degree to end with Physical Education, a postgraduate degree or a federated course. This has led them to train children's teams empirically and often pedagogically inadvisable.
For this reason, since 2016 I have given myself the task of disseminating the pedagogical principles of the TGFU in the most disadvantaged soccer strata so that more and more children and young people enjoy the benefits of this model.
This dissemination has been carried out through workshops, courses and talks at the facilities of the football clubs. Always with the collaboration of the coaches.
The response has been good, although it could be even better and that is why I have set myself the following goals:
• Continue spreading the TGFU through my social networks.
• Carry out a cycle of talks with the trainers so that each one talks about how they interpret the TGFU in practice and what benefits they have obtained.
• Inspire the students of E.F and other related university careers, so that they take the TGFU as an object of study in the preparation of their theses.
• Meet with key people from club academies and professional teams (development directors) to publicize the gaming-focused approach.
• Publish a book that accounts for the use of the TGFU in children's soccer in Mexico.