1v1 to 1 Goal

Two cones 30 yards from goal with players split into teams behind them and a goalkeeper. Line A’s first player dribbles at a defender and as soon as he or she shoots or the defender touches the ball, the player transitions. The defender then gets back in line and the attacker becomes the defender. Line […]

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Serving Balls Early

By Lawrence Fine Serving an early ball simply means that, instead of getting the ball out wide, then taking it all the way to the end line before crossing it back out, the ball is sent out wide and served much sooner, so it is served behind the defenders instead of playing in front of […]

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Finishing and then Transitioning

All of us coaches complain about the time it takes to transition from attack to defense or vice versa. I often wonder how much of this is due to our training. When we set up a finishing exercise, the repetitions usually end when a player shoots. Whether it is a goal or not, the players […]

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Making a Difference on Match Days

by the Better Soccer Coaching staffYou CAN make a difference on match day, yet few coaches take as much care during the vital minutes of the match as they do with the pre-match preparation. And whilst every coach has a different style, they all share a common goal : to get the best out of […]

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Coaching Observation Tool

by Tom TurnerThis observation tool is provided as a guide for those seeking to enhance the pedagogical skills of fellow coaches. It was initially constructed for the Region II Girls Olympic Development Program camp and used to assess the performance of regional staff coaches working with state teams. The information also provides for coaches to […]

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RECOVERY: Preparing for the Next Game

Some sports are rigidly scheduled like football, which generally plays one game each weekend throughout the season. Other sports, like soccer and basketball have variable days between contests and in tournaments often have only hours between games. The focus in this article is on food choices you can make and how you can best use […]

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WATER: The Athlete’s Most Important Nutrient

by USSoccer Sources: ICSN, International Center for Sports Nutrition USOC, United States Olympic Committee : Sports Medicine Division USSF, United States Soccer Federation : Sports Medicine Committee Forget about every other question that you have about nutrition until you’ve figured out how to stay hydrated. Being smart about water intake can separate good performance from […]

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GK’s Dealing with Crosses

U.S. WNT Goalkeeping NetworkOne aspect of goalkeeping that can be neglected, but is vital in this age of soccer is beingable to deal with crosses and serves. A goalkeeper who is strong in this area helps spread confidence throughout their team. It can also change an opposing team’s strategy when attacking.The following information comes to […]

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Gina Brewer Favorite Activity

The 14th in our series of the favorite activities of college coaches comes from Gina Brewer. Coach Brewer is the women’s assistant coach at the University of Hawaii. Prior to Hawaai, she had stints as an assistant at Utah State and Idaho. The following is her favorite activity:Flying Changes This game is fast moving, with […]

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