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Matt Allen

Quick Facts

Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois


Currently Resides in: Normal, Illinois


College: Illinois State University


Coaching License:  E License


Playing Experience: I began playing soccer when I was 5 years old with PCSL. I joined travel soccer at age 9 with the BNSC Impact.  We made it to the semifinals in the IYSA State Cup. At age 12, I began playing for the Chicago Magic Soccer Club where we played our home games up in the Chicago Suburbs. We won the Illinois Youth Soccer Association State Cup in 1996 in the U-13 Division.  I played high school soccer at University High School under Coach Bodo Fritzen.  I was a Varsity player both years I tried out for the team, freshman and senior year.   

My high school positions were defense and midfield.  As a youth, I played midfield, but mostly forward. 


Like most about soccer: Skill development, tactical awareness and implementation, and helping build relationships between the players on the team and coaches. 


Favorite Soccer Player: Robbie Keane - Irish Football Great


Coaching Philosophy:  I believe in developing a possession based team. In order to be a possession-based team, it requires an incredible amount of work in multiple areas of the game. The team must work to become proficient with the ball and have the skills to create space for distribution. Players' first touch, trapping, and passing must constantly be developed. These will be the main focus from a technical standpoint. 

Creating a possession oriented team must start from the back. We must lay the foundation and framework for our attack, from the goalkeeper forward with our focus on retaining possession, while advancing through the defensive, midfield and attacking thirds of the field.  The players need to have great field vision and be constantly thinking about what to do with the ball long before they ever receive it or win it.  When a player has possession themselves they should always have an easy option that is created by a teammate offering support and doing work off the ball to aid their teammate.  Having support, playing the ball into space for an oncoming teammate, and having a purpose behind each and every pass will be our focus from a tactical standpoint.   


Other Information: B.S. in Physical Education at Illinois State University including courses in exercise physiology, teaching team sports, principles and applications of fitness, developmental aspects of youth sport, human biomechanics and social-psychological perspectives of sports, and an IHSA coaching certification