Tony DiCicco: What Made The 99ers Such A Special Soccer Team
Tony DiCicco coached the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to its momentous victory in the 1999 World Cup. As a PCA National Advisory Board Member (in memoriam), he was also the founder of the SoccerPlus camp & academy program in Connecticut and the co-author of Catch Them Being Good: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls.
In this video, DiCicco recalls what made the "99ers" such a special team. First, they had a lot of fun. Although the players took practice seriously, they still had fun.
Another key, DiCicco says, was the sense of camaraderie. While Mia Hamm was a "media darling" often recognized as the world's best player, she was quick to credit individual teammates and the team as a whole, which sent a great message to the other established players, as well as the newer ones entering the program.