Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have the cure for what ails us in the good old U.S. of A. It’s those “horrible socialist tendencies” (as Dadi Rafnsson joked with me in his first email about the show).
Could it be the ideals of socialism are what propelled Iceland to a “world power” status not only in men’s and women’s soccer but in handbal and basketball as well? They also have world class musicians and artists because of this concept of keeping as many kids in activities as possible and supporting it through public funding.
Public. Funds. For facilities, vouchers for club fees, coaching education funded, and more.
Tune as Dadi and I dig into how Iceland developed this “master plan for world dominance” (it’s not what you think), who pays the coaches (it’s what you think, but not quite what you think), and how much it costs (it is definitely NOT what you think).
We have 3 million children playing soccer. They have roughly 20,000. We are eating potater chips and drinking soda on the couch this summer, and they are doing the Viking Clap in Russia…
Dadi Rafnsson is an Icelandic coach with fifteen years experience at all levels of the game. In recent years he has worked as the head of youth for Iceland´s most prolific youth academy Breidablik, assistant coach for the 2017 Chinese FA Cup Winners Jiangsu Suning Ladies, a teacher for the Icelandic FA and head soccer coach for Borgarholtsskoli College Elite Athlete Program.
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