Winston Buddle, the founder and director of Golden Touch Soccer, is widely regarded as one of the premier youth soccer coaches in the tri-state area. He is renowned for both his vast knowledge of the game and his ability to convey that knowledge to youngsters in a manner that is positive and nurturing.
Winston’s soccer journey began in the Jamaican city of Montego Bay, where he became a feared striker at virtually every level he played. After playing professionally in the United States, he ultimately emerged as a top-flight professional in both Greece and Cyprus, where he was a dominating force whose scoring skills were borne not only of unstinting passion and personal drive but also of an astute strategic sense and appreciation of the game’s tactical nuances.
Across more than two decades of coaching youngsters, Winston has demonstrated an uncanny gift for imparting his knowledge to his players. He helps them “feel” and “think” the game not merely play it. He also helps players to understand its subtleties and inspires them to find the same joy in playing that he did. It is no exaggeration to say that Winston’s “golden touch” as a coach has made a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of young players, amongst them his son, Edson.
Named after Pele, Edson has been a member of the US National program at all levels from youth to the Senior National Team and is a stalwart for the LA Galaxy, where he teams with David Beckham and Landon Donovan to form perhaps the most feared triumvirate in the MLS. Most recently, Edson’s record as being the only player to score all of a team’s goals (7) in the first 4 games of the season has earned him a spot at the 2010 World Cup training camp.
Whether he’s coaching his own son or anyone else’s child, whether the setting is a summer camp in the heat of August, a regular season league or championship game, or Winter indoor skills class/tournament, Winston Buddle’s approach to coaching youth soccer never wavers. Between his teaching skill and charisma, he helps children learn to love the game and become the best players they can be.
After touring Brazil and visiting two of their top teams, Sao Paulo and Santos F.C. (Home of Robinho and the Great King Pele), he has incorporated some of Brazil’s training and coaching methods into the Golden Touch Program. He has personally trained several players in and around the tri-state who have been selected to play at state, regional, national, and professional teams; division I colleges; and Olympic development programs.
Coordinator for the Westchester Youth Soccer League Coaches Clinic for 12 years. Former Head Coach of St. Vincent National team, Team Jamaica NY, Mamaroneck High School, Keio High School. Recipient of the Westchester Youth Soccer League Sportsmanship Award: 2008, 2009.
NSCAA: NATIONAL DIPLOMA
NSCAA :ADVANCED REGIONAL DIPLOMA
NSCAA: DIRECTOR OF COACHING
The philosophy of Golden Touch Soccer youth development program is that a child can only be fully developed when put in an environment that provides him or her with the appropriate mindset for the game of soccer. Once a child has an understanding of the game, he or she can be challenged to achieve his or her fullest potential through a variety of exercises, drills, and games that are serious FUN. The skills that are taught are considered to be the tools necessary for success in any game situation. In order for the child to develop into a successful player, he or she must be able to learn and utilize the three basic skills that are considered essential factors of the game.
SPACE: How much space do you need to execute your basic skills?
TIME: How much time do you need to execute your ball skills?
SUPPORT: What are you doing to assist your teammates when you don’t have the ball? The ability to identify coaching points and make corrections technically and tactically is necessary for player development. Our goal at Golden Touch Soccer is to help youth develop the technical skills sufficient to generate interest and confidence to continue participation in the sport.
After visiting with two of Brazil’s top teams, Sao Paulo F.C. (2 time World Club Champions) and Santos F.C. (Home of Robinho and the Great “King” Pele) Winston has incorporated some of Brazil’s Training and Coaching Methods into the Golden Touch Youth Program.
This article was published in Soccer America July 1998:
“Letters, faxes and emails continue to pour in on the great “dribbling vs. passing” debate. Controversy arose over whether it is more important to teach young players to dribble, pass the ball, and learn individual moves.
Winston Buddle, Director of the Golden Touch Soccer in New Rochelle, N.Y., agrees that while dribbling is an important aspect of the game, young players need to learn how it fits into the “big picture.” The real issue, he says, is “at what level do you coach players to pass effectively, accurately, and have the foresight to read the game in order to make those passes?”
He believes that youths up to the age of 13 must first be taught skills to control the ball completely and effectively with a first touch and confidence will follow. This comes, he says, “only through encouraging children to hold the ball both in practice and in game situations.” The vision necessary to make meaningful passes, he adds, comes only with “experience and a certain level of intellectual develo p.m.ent”. Such abstract thinking increases at about age 13.
“That is why at the youngest levels we must teach ball control in order to develop confidence to hold the ball,” he says.
“Dribbling in a game is only a manifestation of that skill and confidence.” He is discouraged that too many American youngsters are encouraged to pass the ball or kick it away. When they reach the next level, he says, “they lack the arsenal of skills needed to decide whether to hold the ball, dribble, make a quality pass or play-one or-two touch”.
He concludes with an analogy about parenting. “We control our children during their young years by giving them the essential tools so that when they reach their teens into adulthood, they can begin to spread their wings, exercise creativity and freedom, and make sound independent choices. The same principle applies to soccer. Let’s concentrate on teaching our youths touch and ball control. When they are teenagers they can begin, not only to release the ball to their teammates, but also make creative, independent and sound choices within the context of the game.”
Because safety and fun are high on our list of priorities, our staff consists of certified professionals. At Golden Touch Soccer, our primary objective is to enhance the ability of each player through a series of fun, soccer-oriented exercises.
We emphasize learning the rules of the game and teaching technical and tactical skills according to each player’s ability and personality.
Our enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, patience, love, and respect for the game have given us the ability to identify and make coaching points, which sets us apart from all the others.