Essential Pieces of Equipment for Soccer Players - Featured

Soccer is increasingly popular with young athletes around the country, perhaps because it is such a great team sport. There’s room for young athletes to shine in lots of different ways. For example, a child need not be tall if she is quick. He may not be quick, but he can become an expert in …

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With 20 Member Clubs, the Premier League is England’s primary football association as well as the most-watched sports league in the world. Broadcasting in 190 countries, in 900 million homes, and with a potential audience of nearly 5 billion, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sports lover that hasn’t dipped their toes into the fandom. …

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Communication Passing # 2 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 6+ Difficulty: Easy Time: 5 min. Emphasis: Passing Field Preparation: half the group with a ball grid (20yds x 30yds) cones to mark off area Description: players without a ball call for a lead pass into space …

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Attacking Principles Print/Download This Drill Penetration look to go forward past opposing players by shooting, dribbling, running, passing always try to score (if you can’t score look to make a pass – if a pass isn’t possible look to advance the ball by dribbling or running) Depth/Support support teammates by providing communication, creating passing options …

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Defending Principles Print/Download This Drill Pressure/Delay immediate chase and pressure on the ball to slow down the attack until defense is regrouped and can win the ball back (pressure may be to drop off and stay deep) deny and delay forward progress by closing gaps for passing and scoring chances – keep play in front …

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Coaching Philosophy Print/Download This Drill In general, putting together a soccer coaching philosophy may turn out to be relatively easy. However, living up to it tends to be the hard part. Starting to coach a team without having a soccer coaching philosophy is comparable to traveling across the country without a map. For this reason, …

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Coaching Styles Print/Download This Drill What is a coaching style? A soccer coaching style consists of how you do things, how you communicate and what kind of character you reveal during all the aforementioned. A coaching style shows…. How to coach youth soccer is how a coach conducts a session and manages a game, talks …

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Being a good team player is one thing, but being a great soccer team captain is another. Very few players will have this golden opportunity in taking up such an important leadership role. However, if you are fortunate to take up the role of a team captain, then you will need to be a good …

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In youth soccer the players need to be able to demonstrate certain skills in order to secure themselves not only a spot on the team but also a particular position. Those positions require specific skills and these skills can be evaluated in a competitive way. The youth soccer players are usually taught these skills during …

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Soccer players need to have certain abilities like agility, ball control and speed which can be taught with a lot of footwork drills. These drills need to make a player able to move through defenders, change direction without losing control of the ball and also sprint down the field for a goal. U7 soccer drills …

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Coaching youth soccer can be rewarding and entertaining at a beginning level as you can influence and teach a young peer something new and you can enjoy the success at a different level. There is a great amount that can be learned from coaching including the excitement of working with youth. 1. By joining a …

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Youth soccer players are in a phrase where learning is critical and students learn through various methods. One that is critical to youth soccer is demonstrations. You can tell a youth player 100 times and they may still not understand the skill until they get a visual. Visual learning is key to successful youth soccer …

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We have all done it, being that soccer kid in the backyard dreaming of hitting the winning goal in extra time. We run around daydreaming we are our dream soccer athlete because we just saw them on TV. Kids need to remember that soccer drills help lay the foundation for skills needed that make the …

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Soccer Dribbling Essentials

The first thing learned and necessary in soccer is the ability to dribble. If the skill of dribbling is never learned the athlete will not be able to play soccer, as it is the most basic skill needed. How do we move the ball as an individual in open space if we cannot dribble? Now …

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The fun in soccer comes from being able to move the ball around and control where you want the ball to go. Players, even the newest ones, must start working on skills from day one and if they work on soccer skills, they will see great progress fast. To make soccer skills as useful as …

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Many drills are orientated towards the full team practice style of work. There are many individual drills that often get overlooked and there value is not appreciated. Let’s look back at a player’s beginning when they first started. Most players remember getting that first soccer ball, it was that free one with the giant advertisement …

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People who are interested in the career of becoming a soccer coach or part time coach need to prepare themselves to take on such an endeavor. Many coaches of youth league are thrown into the position of head coach because their kid’s team needed a coach. Anyone who volunteered would have been thrown into the …

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There are many avenues to look at when looking for and choosing drills for practice. There seems to be endless websites that have drills lined out for all ages. Many are free and some have small fees that give you access to 1,000’s of drills with illustrations, videos and coaching points. Coaches must remember that …

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Soccer players are required to have high levels of fitness and athleticism combined with technique. Soccer practice is how we develop those skills and techniques while having a built in fitness program while doing that. Soccer practices need to have a main objective of what technical skill we are going to work on which could …

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How do we make a better passer, shooter and dribbler during soccer practice? We develop both feet and when developing both feet in a soccer player, the earlier the better. This development needs to be implemented within the first year of soccer practices for youth players. Even if the age of the player makes it …

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In youth soccer what is the best player on the field always have in common? We must look at the game and the best player always has one quality skill that most the other kids (under 10 leagues) have not developed yet. What is it? Kicking equality with their legs. They have the ability to …

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How do we increase efficiency and get the most out of every minute of Drills? 1. Touches Matter: ​ The more we get players/athletes touching the ball, the better. Incorporate passing and dribbling to set up the actual drill you are running. A drill designed to get some goalie work can incorporate passing and dribbling, …

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How do we get more kids involved in the youth soccer practice? ​ This happens weekly, where you will a kid that is just out of it and not into practice, maybe even giving you a hard time. In youth soccer we must remember there is a lack of maturity and singling out a player …

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Remember back to the youngest time in your life when you began to play soccer and think about why you ever kicked that ball. Why did you? It was fun! Enjoyment and fun are somethings that in the heat of competition and on the field for practice is often lost. We have to start going …

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Too often the phrase “student of the game” is related to players. We hear it on the sports news and relate being a student to being a player. Coaches must learn the game in order to teach it and that is obvious, but what is sometimes over-looked is the fact that coaches can never be …

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