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Brian Schmidt

Hometown/first soccer experience: New Berlin, WI. Played for my elementary school team from 5th grade through 8th grade. Club soccer wasn’t a big thing back then.

Family: Alex is 25 now and lives in Iowa.

Years of Coaching: 21

Favorite Team and why: Manchester United. When I first started following soccer globally they had just won the treble (Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup). Most of my life had been spent rooting for really bad sports teams and I had no geographic connection to an English team. Supporting a winner turned into an obsession and now I rarely miss a game and have seen them play in person both in the States and in Manchester.

Favorite Player and why: This one is tough, but I’ll go with Clint Dempsey. Grit, determination, and a great finisher. Loved watching him play for Fulham in the Premier league and for the US National team. No matter how good the competition, you always felt Dempsey had a great chance to score.

Coaching Education: USSF National D.

Why did you start coaching? Really I did it for Alex to help his team when he was about 5. A few years after that I started coaching more professionally with my own teams and had him play for other coaches. That was beneficial for both of us.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: Sir Alex Ferguson: Legendary Manchester United manager and widely regarded as one of the greatest managers ever in professional football. He had a great ability to connect with his players and inspire them to be their best. This is something I strive for as a coach. Brian Staus: Brian is a USSF “B” License coach. We were part of the group that started PSU. At the time he was the Director of Coaching and I was both a coach and the club president. We spent hundreds of hours together discussing player development and what was best for all ages and skill levels of players.

Favorite Coaching Memory: General: I’ve been fortunate enough to win three President’s Cup state titles. The joy and sense of accomplishment from the players, and also the sense of pride and happiness from the parents is unmatched to anything I’ve seen emotionally as a coach.

Specific: My PSU U19 Boys team was in a tournament in Madison in the spring of 2016. In an odd tiebreaker twist our opponent only needed to score two goals in the last group game to advance and lock us out of the final. Of course, we gave up a goal in the first 5 minutes. We were ahead 2-1 at half time. In the 2nd half the opposing team had their defenders and goalkeeper play in our attacking half in an all out effort to score. We couldn’t have anyone in the attacking half as they would be immediately offside as soon as we played them the ball. It was strange and intense because if they scored one time they would win the group. We scored 7 times in the 2nd half and didn’t concede. Have never seen a game like it.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Like to work out, read historical fiction, and I follow the Brewers and Bucks very closely.

Favorite Book: Anything from Simon Scarrow, Anthony Riches, or James Nelson. Fantastic stories of the Roman Empire and also the age of Vikings.

Did you play other sports growing up? Basketball and baseball growing up. Adult softball multiple nights a week until I started coaching soccer in my early 30’s.

What is something people may never guess about you?: I have coulrophobia (you’ll have to look it up)!

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.