ian mcclurg

I was raised in Northern Ireland and come from a small nation that has historically over-performed within the international sporting arena.

Hard-work, determination, persistence and a contagious belief that obstacles can be overcome are the key attributes that has allowed Northern Ireland to out-perform its more illustrious competitors.

They are the same attributes that allowed me to overcome the disappointment of injury as a young player and go on to establish myself as an internationally recognized performance coach, author and talent identification expert.

My  success as a coach, and the success of the players that I have worked with has been built upon four pillars of success: skill + creativity + vision + passion!


These four pillars of success have helped develop athletes at the international level and now forms part of a unique coaching support program that I can now offer in training and preparing young North American players for opportunities in Europe. 


  • Founded and Established 1v1 Soccer as one of Canada’s leading private soccer academies

  • Former North American Talent ID Scout and Coach for English Professional Club Wolves

  • Internationally recognized magazine contributor and blogger on talent identification, team performance & coaching development

  • Former Toronto FC Academy Coach and Ontario Provincial Coach 



  • Masters in Performance Coaching at University of Stirling,  Scotland

  • UEFA A licence 

  • Professional Football Scouting Association – Level 1 & 2  Talent Identification in Football

  • NLP Sport & Performance Practitioner 

  • Masters in Business Administration



"I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success" (Lionel Messi) 


Take ownership of your own player development process  - tailored programs to your individual development needs 



"Ian's coaching work, experience and expertise are focused on developing the individual player to be the best that they can be both physically, technically and mentally. Ian strives at providing his players with pathways to the professional game in Europe. I believe that Ian's new online training program can provide players with an increased level of coaching support to help prepare them to join our International Academy program at Fleetwood Town""

James Ward, Fleetwood Town International Partnerships Manager  

"Ian's a highly knowledgeable and qualified coach. His passion to develop his players is very evident and we are delighted to supplement the good work that is currently being carried out" 

Gary Crooks - Rangers International Soccer Schools Executive 

"Todays modern game of football requires a holistic approach to training so the whole of the individual is developed: body, mind and soul.  This is the essential DNA that underlines Ian's training philosophy"

Dr. Nick Bontis - Vice President of Canadian Soccer 

ian mcclurg

UEFA A license & MSc Soccer Performance Coach 


Tel: 289-239-9602

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