By | 2014-04-01T23:23:20+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Soccer Stories|

  In 2010, Mr. Laver was approached by ‘Wayland’ book publishers to assist in the writing, images and production of the ‘Street Football’ book.  Wayland has been at the forefront of information resources for nearly 40 years, offering an extensive range of quality non-fiction books for use in schools, libraries and the home. Thoroughly researched text and excellent visuals make them perfect for classroom teaching, project work and homework help. Wayland is committed to making educational books that will promote learning, satisfy the National Curriculum requirements and instill a lifelong love of reading. Due to market research, Wayland realized street football is taking the world of urban street sports by storm and wanted to be the first and best provider of the Street football resources. Wayland publishers recognized Mr. Laver as one of the leading icons in the street soccer scene, Mr. Laver became a consultant for the book providing detailed information on street soccer moves, images of moves, stories from other street players from across the world and Darren also provided a 2 page spread on himself explaining how he got into street soccer, how he is recognized as one of the best performers in the world and how he became one of most respected practitioners in Street Soccer coaching. Sarah Eason (co Author) “Darren provided outstanding help and advice during the course of producing a book about Street Football. His help has been invaluable and he has been incredibly willing to go above and beyond the call of [...]


By | 2014-04-01T05:06:55+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Soccer Stories|

Last week I was 'coaching' my college Futsal team at one of our last practices of the season. I put on some music and walked out of the gym. I came back to the gym (I was watching the whole time, just from a position that they couldn't see me) and whistled for them to get water. I asked them how they felt and they unanimously said they were happy and having fun. I said great, let's get back out there and play some more. They went back out and played Futsal. SIDE NOTE: they had picked their own teams after I had left the gym, the teams remained the same for the second round of play. Both teams played with incredible creativity and freedom. After 15min I blew the whistle and called the team in again. I asked the girls what the score of the game was and none of them had any idea. They said they didn't care, they were playing for fun! I told the girls that I wanted them to go back out on the court and just keep doing what they had been, only this time I would put 15min up on the clock and keep track of score. I was amazed at how drastic a few lights on a scoreboard affected the game. Suddenly the girls became less creative, less smiles, more yelling at teammates, and getting angry with themselves. After the 15min was done I called the girls in and again asked them [...]