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Soccer Skills:

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Soccer Tactics are the strategy behind the game. It is “X’s and O’s” of how you will implement offense and defense. All tactical articles will be identified with the green panel of the soccer ball (shown left). While soccer tactics can be explored on a general level, it is best if we examine what is appropriate on each age level as players become more capable as they become more aware as people and as players.

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Fitness and nutrition becomes the top of the pyramid where performance can be impacted by training and is only appropriate at older ages where mastery of ball and tactics, as well as a developed body make sense. While we can all eat healthier and become fitter as adults, it’s important and fundamental to understand that fitness – as a concept – isn’t age appropriate until you reach eleven.

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This is really the core of our work as youth coaches. How do we help develop the necessary technical soccer skills within our players? What are the best drills and where should we start? Dribbling, trapping, heading…it’s all so overwhelming.

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If we strive to understand our players and their capabilities, we are fundamentally in a better position to meet their needs and connect with them as people, so we can motivate and inspire them. One of the biggest mistakes that we make is that we approach the game through our eyes – not our players’ eyes. As a result, we treat kids as “little” adults instead of, well, kids.

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Team Management

Before you even meet your players or step onto the field, you are managing the team. This area encompasses all aspects of the game because you are the director. Not only does this include the four on-field aspects of the game, but also all the things that need to happen off the field: coaching philosophy, team meetings, paperwork, interfacing with parents, quickly disseminating information, injuries, tryouts, etc.

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Coaching Sphere

We developed the CoachingSphere as a framework to help you visualize your role as coach and to cultivate the best development of players and teams. The five areas are: team management, player psychology, technical skills & drills, soccer tactics and fitness & nutrition. Utilizing this framework enables us to easily break down each of the five building block components and examine them individually and in context for the team and the player for maximum player development.

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Soccer Skills

Find Fun Soccer Drills that Will Challenge your Players

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Soccer Skill:

Freeze Jump

As a foundation for agility, the ability to land safely and effectively is a critical skill to be mastered. Being able to land competentlywhen jumping different distances, heights and angles can significantly reduce risk of injury whilst providing a solid base for rapid direction changes and deceleration. Freeze jump is a simple game that can be played with players of all ages to help them develop their landing competence.

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Balance challenges

A few progressively more difficult balance challenges to help your players develop a solid base of balance and stability as the foundation for safe and effective soccer skill development.

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Soccer Skill:

Movement Based Warm-Up Part Three

These Movement Based Warm Ups provide a general framework for organising and structuring warm ups for your young players, and as such can be simply adapted or modified to include and challenge a variety of different football and movement skills alongside the development of teamwork, co-operation, decision-making and communication skills. Each of the three parts shown here illustrate a few of the large number of skills that can be practiced through this warm up framework.

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Soccer Coaching Blog

Look Out for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup

While certainly not one of the big name soccer countries we usually associate as World Cup contenders, Uruguay certainly raised a few eyebrows after a strong run to the semifinals in South Africa 2010.  4 years down the road and readying themselves for Brazil, I could actually see this team going even further, potentially winning […]

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When Teams Don’t Know How To Win

Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure to watch my brother in-law play lacrosse for Ursinus University.  He’s the starting goalie for the team and currently tied for second in the conference in save percentage (as a Freshman last year he led the league).  The previous two games they lost by one […]

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Be a Good Soccer Parent

For every youth soccer player, there is a soccer parent.  A soccer mom or a soccer dad spends hours of their time hanging around youth soccer matches and practices, interacting with fellow parents and cheering on their young soccer starlets.  But every now and then, one of those parental units gets out of hand.  Perhaps […]

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Are Winners Born or Brought Up?

While youth soccer is about a lot more than winning, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the older the players get, the more important it is to earn that big W.  By the time players reach the professional level, winning is pretty much the only thing that matters.  3 points and on you go!  […]

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How to Juggle and Join the 100 Club

Juggling in soccer is not something that will help you in a game.  In fact, if you start juggling in front of someone there’s a good bet you will simply get shoved to the floor for such showboating.  But, the skills that get developed through learning to juggle a soccer ball can be incredibly valuable […]

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