Tom Byer (right) explains his teaching concepts to REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel. (HBO REAL SPORTS)
Tom Byer, who has been credited in helping with Japan improve its soccer to become an Asian power and a World Cup staple, will be featured on HBO’s REAL SPORTS with Bryant Gumbel Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel goes one-on-one with Byer, who aims to bring his unique recipe for soccer success to his native United States, which failed to clinch a World Cup berth for Russia 2018 for the first time since 1986.
Amidst questions about the direction of the team, Byer claimed he has what it takes to reverse what has transpired.
An Ulster County (N.Y.) native, the 56-year-old Byer said on the program that it comes down to ball mastery and not about kicking it.
“It’s like teaching someone to read who hasn’t learned the alphabet yet,” he said.
After raising Japan’s level to unprecedented heights, Byer is helping China with his “Soccer Starts at Home” concept. He recently signed a contract with U.S. Soccer for a pilot program in the state of Washington.
Earlier this month, Byer talked about training elite players and how he has taught fundamentals of the game to millions of children at a gathering at Massapequa High School in Massapequa, N.Y.