Staying Compact Defensively

by Lawrence Fine Many good attacking teams spend much of their time trying to find ways to spread the defense out and create holes in the defense to attack into. Once these holes are created it gives the

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GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT OR EARLY SPECIALIZATION : IT’S ALL IN THE SCIENCE

By: Brian J. Grasso The goals of any trainer or coach working with a young athlete (pre-pubescent) should include increasing proficiency of motor ability, developing functional versatility (from a strength, movement and biomechanical standpoint) and lastly, inhibiting the potential negative effects of specialized training. Upon reflection, these points, both individually and collectively, lend to the […]

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Youth Soccer and the Numbers Game

by Jim Lennox Recently USYS initiated a small sided games initiative for players from U-6 to U-12. The purpose of this initiative is to provide a more realistic soccer environment where size of field, goals, and number of players is appropriate to the physical and psychological parameters of respective age groups. Children are not little […]

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Explosive First Touch and Possession

Two teams of four players and two neutral players (4v4+2) keep possession in a grid and look to find one of their two additional teammates that are located in separate 3 x 3yd boxes in diagonal corners. When a player passes to a teammate in the box, the box player must take a touch out […]

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Looking to Play Forward

In a 22 x 15 yd grid, put four attacking players and two defenders. Create lines 10 yards from both ends so that you have a 2 x 15 yd. zone in the middle of the grid (this will create two 10 x 15 yd. ends with a 2 x 15 yd. central zone). Place […]

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Penetrating Passes Grid

Create a 30×30 yd. grid with a 10×10 yd. grid in the center of it.  Two teams of six (in the video I used five, but this is difficult and is only recommended for advanced teams) compete against each other in an attempt to pass the ball to their teammates through the center grid. The team […]

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Coaching in the Game Methodology

By: Jeff Tipping NSCAA Director of Coaching One of the most important additions we have made to our Academy during my tenure has been the introduction of Coaching in the Game methodology to our instructional and testing field components. Simply put Coaching in the Game (CIG) involves coaching players in an even sided game with […]

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