Morgan Crabtree Favorite Activity

the 19th installment in our series on the favorite activities of college coaches comes from Morgan Crabtree. Coach Crabtree is the assistant women’s coach at her alma mater Oregon State University. Before coming to Oregon State, she spent three years as the assistant coach at Idaho. Her favorite activity is one that she first saw […]

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Games Vs. Practice: Which is Better for Development

by Georgia Youth SoccerIn any sport, players develop skills via a combination of practices and competitions. This begs the questions: what should the practices-to-games ratio be; how often should we schedule games; and what is the total number of games and practices for optimum development. Given that many experts attribute player burnout to excessive number […]

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Developing Awareness in Young Players

by Jeff TippingNSCAA Director of Coaching Education As players approach adolescence they should begin to develop an overall 360-degree awareness around them. Players must be exposed to exercises and games that force them to begin to think of the field as having two sides as well as length and depth. Please find below two suggested […]

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Counter Attacking

Rinus Michels: Team BuildingThe Road to Success“The accent in the counter attack style of play lays on the defensive team function, with the emphasis being on the defender’s own half of the field and letting the opponents keep the initiative of the game. This is to take advantage of the space behind their defense for […]

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GK Technical Warm Up for Distribution

The video below is a simple short-short-long passing warm up for field players, but the same can be adapted for goalkeeper distribution or even a combination could be used if only one or two of the players are GK’s. Three GK’s are in a line (the distance between them increases as the warm up progresses). […]

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Goalkeeper Set Position

by the Indiana Goalkeeping AcademyThe Set PositionThe Set Position is an act of optimally preparing the body for the many dynamic actions performed by goalkeepers. Setting or Getting Set is fundamentally one of the most critical aspects of goalkeeper education as the quality of the set position can affect virtually every save or movement a […]

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1v1 Attacking with Different Defending Angles

Grid is the size of two 18 yard boxes (36 x 44 yds.) with a goal on each end. A player from one team goes 1v1 at the opponents goal. As soon as the player shoots or the defender touches the ball, the defender jogs back to his or her line and the attacker now […]

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The Effective Assistant Coach

by Lawrence Fine This is a subject that I have rarely seen addressed but which I also consider to be of extreme importance. Many teams have either assistant coaches or co-coaches who end up playing the role of cone-fetcher or, even worse, merely stands around and has no input at all. This is a tragically […]

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