Zonal Defending

by Wayne HarrisonSet Up: See Diagram (a) below. Thie activity begins as a 4 v 4 game working on zonal marking (marking space). Use a rope (red lines in diagram) to tie the players together so they have to move as a unit and so they “feel it”. It can be a back four or […]

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Midfield Goes Both Ways

This is an exercise that I first saw done by the University of South Florida mens team. The focus is on improving your team’s attacking. Most coaches just use a shooting drill for this and neglect the build up. This activity has more “real to the game” implications (i.e. penetrating passes, decision making, transition,…etc.). It […]

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Angela Napoli Favorite Activity

The tenth in our series of the favorite activities of college coaches comes from Angela Napoli. She is finishing her fourth year as the assistant at her alma mater, UMass. Before coaching at UMass women’s soccer, she had stints as an assistant at the University of Albany, William and Mary, and the University of Colorado. […]

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Over-Coaching: Resist the Urge!

by: Dave Simeone U.S. Women’s National Staff CoachMost of the sports that are currently predominant in our culture involve the coach as an active participant. Although the coach is along the touchline, in the coaching box or on the bench the opportunity for being overly involved with the players constantly exists. These opportunities are aside […]

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Positional Play for Young Teams II

shadow play Teaching positions to young soccer players (U-9, U-10, U-11) part 2By: Chico Borja, NSCAA National Staff CoachThis is Part 2 in a two-part series. Part 1 deals with the theory behind teaching young players to play in specific positions on the field. (from the NSCAA Coaching Newsletter – September 17th, 2003)Warm-up: Full Field […]

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Positional Play for Young Teams

to build or not to build?Teaching positions to young soccer players (U-9, U-10, U-11) part 1By: Chico Borja, NSCAA National Staff CoachThis is Part 1 in a two-part series. Part 2 is a series of easy to explain drills that you can use to to practice positional play with U9 to U11 soccer players. When […]

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A Must Read for Club Soccer Parents

Tryouts are coming up and I thought this might help you in your parent meetings.Fifteen Things To Keep In Mind While Watching From The Sidelines, by Michael Langlois Michael Langlois is the author of How Well Do You Communicate? A Guide to Better Communication with Players and Parents for Youth Soccer Coaches. His web site […]

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Lindsay Smith Favorite Activity

Number nine in our series on the favorite exercises of college coaches comes from Lindsay Smith. Coach Smith is the assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Buffalo. Prior to that spent two seasons as the assistant at the University of Idaho, where she was a standout in net for four years. After college, […]

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