INTER UBC was the first research-based youth soccer academy program in Canada (Hubball & Robertson, 2003, 2004; Hubball, 2006; Robertson & Hubball, 2005). A combination of qualitative and quantitative research data in this context indicated, for example, that nine out of the ten boys selected for the team were born in the first five months of the year, illustrating the sensitive effect that birth dates have on physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development and performance of children within a given environment (Helsen, et al., 2000). These data also suggested that Problem-based Learning (PBL) methodology: organized a team development program around competitive issues relevant to the select youth players; and, developed critical thinking, problem-solving skills and an appreciation for games for understanding. While many factors influence team performance results in competitive games, this successful youth soccer team won 10 of 11 select tournament championships. This culminated in the first U11 Canadian team to be invited to play against English Premier League Youth Football Academies at Liverpool FC, Everton FC, and Aston Villa FC, during a memorable 13-day overseas soccer field trip to England (Hubball & Robertson, 2003; Hubball, 2004).
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