Soccer Training

About Me and The Training

Quick Soccer Bio – I played four years at Notre Dame College a small Division II school in South Euclid, Ohio. Notre Dame College finished ranked in the top 25 all four years I was there, which included a No. 2 finish my freshman year. Our record during my 4 years was 71 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie. I was a regular starter throughout my career including being a captain for part of my senior season. I also played two years of semi-professional for the Erie Commodores (2011) and AFC Cleveland (2012).

I have been an assistant for Notre Dame College and the JV coach for Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.

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Sam Vail Soccer Training consists of individual and small group training for youth and college aged players. I focus on increasing players technical ability and tactical awareness. Unfortunately in America youth players are not taught enough of the technical part of the game at a young age. My father was a soccer coach and from a young age made sure I took pride in increasing my technical ability. As I grew older, despite a lack of height, speed, and overall athletic ability I was able to play for one of the top college programs in the country and spend a few years playing semi-professional. Why? Because my technical ability was very good.

I have worked with players aged 6 just starting out in the game to some of the top college players in the country. I tailor my sessions to the players current ability and coach them from there. My philosophy is that I don’t care how good of a player you are currently, I care that you become a better player through my sessions. My sessions are hard work and can be very tough physically and psychologically. You will be challenged and nothing but your best is acceptable. I want you to become a better player and a better person through the sessions and that only comes through giving your absolute best.

Leadership Training

Soccer is finite. Although soccer has taken up a lot of my life, it ended and the reality is I will spend the most of my life without the sport. It is the leadership and goal setting and achieving skills I learned that have allowed me to be successful beyond the sport. I make learning how to be a leader on and off the field just as important as the actual soccer training. I have all my players set goals for academics, their family life, and soccer. Then I work with each player on working towards those goals while teaching them people and leadership skills.

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Ethan Houser – Senior Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

“Setting goals for myself wasn’t important to me before I started training with Coach Sam. While training with Sam I learned that setting goals in life and having them in front of you everyday will make a difference in how you live your life. After a training Session with Sam, he made me write down my goals for 2018. I had never written any goals down before that. I taped that sheet to the wall where I would see it everyday. I immediately saw an impact of that. I started to work harder in school, in training, and in life because I was working towards an outcome that would make me feel more accomplished in life. What help me the most to achieving 8 out of the 9 goals in 2018 was Coach Sam himself. Before, during, and after training he would remind me of those goals and he would push me hard at practice because he knew I could accomplish these goals that I had for myself. In 2019 the first person to text me was Sam saying “go crush 2019 this is your year” he encourages me to be the best while being there for me through it all. Without him I wouldn’t be working towards and goals.”


Sofia Rossi – NCAA Division I Soccer Player – 2016 Ohio High School Soccer Player of the Year – “Sam is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and plans each session according to the player. It was great how he worked on finishing with me as well as adding some creativity to it too. He allowed me to express my own playing style while coaching too.”

Jessie Maniglia – Sophomore at Solon High School – “Through training with Sam, I have learned so much. We work on all areas of improvement, and focus not only on the amount of reps, but also the quality of the drill. He creates an environment where I can make mistakes and learn from them, and during sessions, he motivates me to become the best I can be. I’ve seen a significant improvement in my touch since working with Sam. He has changed my outlook not only on soccer but has taught me things I can transfer over into my life to become a successful person.”

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