John Abe was born in Germany and learned to play soccer as a child there. At age 13, he moved to Baltimore and continued to excel at the game and became a collegiate two time All-American before being drafted during his sophomore year by the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. John’s professional soccer career spanned over 10 years by playing both in the indoor and outdoor leagues. He has received numerous accolades including a three time All-Star and was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.

John, who has his USSF  National “B” License, now gives back to the game by helping to develop some of the top youth players that have come out of the Central Pennsylvania area.

John believes that motivation is a required tool to succeed. He feels it is his role as the coach to tap into and expand every player’s individual motivational skills so the team becomes self-driven. Players must see the coach as a leader and someone they can always turn to for more reinforcement if needed.

Goals must be set on and off the field with players and coaches continually working together to reach, revise, and expand those goals. If any link is broken the team will suffer. One area that must be dealt with very cautiously is negative communication or negative comments. The team cannot allow outside comments to disrupt their goals. Nor can the team be spoken to in a manner that questions one player against another.

Players become more delicate the longer the season goes on due to the physical demands of the game, and John believes that good motivational skills will help balance the overall team chemistry for any upcoming challenges.

Motivation begins at the very first team meeting and ends after the last event of the year. It must have a purpose and that purpose is for the team to build its confidence through positive means.

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John Abe News…

One of Baltimore’s Finest Players Keeps Playing
Baltimore Soccer News, 4/12/2012
In the 1980’s, few players put fear in defenders and drew respect from fans and teammates like John Abe. Known for his creative serves, breakaway speed with the ball and lethal left foot, John became a dominant player in the Maryland Majors, later parlaying that success into a professional career… read more

German Soccer Education Tour 2011
In April 2011 John went to Germany and visited 4 clubs – from Nurnberg and Furth at the top – to Bayreuth and Wurzburg at the bottom.  He had lectures from technical directors of soccer, head coaches, and youth coaches.  In addition he also observed 3 matches and 10 training sessions… read more

The John Abe Soccer Training Curriculum
Developed from decades of playing and coaching, John Abe’s approach is designed for players from age 7-8 all the way to U20. When preparing training sessions the emphasis should be: technical, tactical, physical and psychological development within your training framework. The ultimate goal of each coach should be to prepare the players to compete at the next level… read more

John Abe Technical Strength Program to Improve Speed and Agility
Developed with Dr Yessis work on biomechanics and kinesiology with a focus on application in today’s soccer players, John’s Technical Strength Program will… read more

Club coach puts 8 players in final
John Abe was a very interested spectator at the PIAA Class AAA girls’ soccer championship game last week at Hersheypark Stadium… read more