Teaching the 4-3-3

Great document on the 4-3-3. I had to save it as seven different images to capture the diagrams. Just click on them one at a time to enlarge it for an easier read.

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Assessing Players Without Skill Tests

How To Assess Soccer Players Without Skill Tests.Tom Turner, OYSAN Director of Coaching and Player Development This article was originally created for presentation at the 1999 USYSA Workshop in Chicago. The piece was revised and expanded in December 2000. Evaluating soccer players can be a challenging process, particularly when the criteria used for evaluation are […]

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Field Sizes for Small-Sided Games

I get a lot of questions about how big to make a grid. I remember, when I first started coaching, having this question myself. The image to the left is a general guide from US Soccer (click on it for a larger view). You should always make adjustments before or after the activity begins to […]

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Time for Fun

I don’t agree with US Youth Soccer’s approach to youth development. They have a different method than US Soccer. There are some political struggles between the two organizations, even though US Soccer is the parent organization. US Youth Soccer believes in playing games and allowing the games to teach the player with “guided discovery questions” […]

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Directional Possession

Possession in soccer comes in two varieties. The first variety is for a team to keep the ball while gaining territory in an effort to create a scoring opportunity. The second variety can be divided into two categories both of which should lead to the variety to gain territory in an effort to create a […]

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Playing Soccer vs. Playing at Soccer

Playing Soccer vs. Playing at Soccer By: Christian Lavers, Madison Capital Elite I spend several hours of every week watching or coaching soccer games at various age and ability levels”high school varsity, ODP, and several different club age groups. As you would expect, even within similar age groups, the technical level of the teams varies […]

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2 v 2 Flying Changes

The following small-sided game has a lot of “real to the game” applications. I also like it because it is a good bit of hidden fitness. It starts as a 2 v 2 game. When the ball goes out of bounds off in your team’s defensive half, then your pair leaves the field. As soon […]

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