Q and A - Cristiano Scapolo

Teesta Sisodia-Sullivan, March 5, 2018

Cristiano Scapolo is currently an Academy Coach at the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  He is not only an experienced coach and scout but played professionally in Italy for over fifteen years from 1989 – 2004.  He represented such powerhouse clubs as Inter Milan, Roma, Napoli, and Bologna.  Cristiano is a veteran of over 400 Professional games, and was a member of 4 Professional Championship teams.

You can learn more about Cristiano Scapolo’s impressive profile by visiting his LinkedIn profile.   

How does your past training and playing experience influence your current training methodology?

My training methodology has been influenced by all the experiences I had as a player and as a coach. Coaching is always evolving and one needs to be open to learn new trends.

You have been a scout for the US Youth and Men's National teams.  Other than technical ability, what measurables do you look for when scouting a young player? 

Competitiveness, intelligence and personality.

If a player is not in a location to be seen or selected by a US Development Academy team, what are his options to be discovered?

There are competitive leagues everywhere where you can still find lots of talent.

What three or more qualities do you feel you possessed, as a young player that helped you stand out before you became a professional?

Technical ability, perseverance, competitiveness and dedication

Scapolo, Bolognia and Zidane, Juventus; April 19, 1997

Do you recommend that young players participate in a variety of sports while growing up?  If so, at what age do you think they should they commit to focusing only on one sport? 

I think when children are young; it is good to play different sports.  But you always take in consideration that one sport which you love more than any others. Personally, I committed full time to soccer when I was twelve (12).

Are there any training methods you see being utilized in other counties that may be overlooked here in the United States?

As of now, training methods are universal and with technology you can see in one click what coaches and players are doing in other countries.  I think methods are important but quality coaches are more influential on players (both at the youth and the professional level) than just the methods alone.

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