Dealing With Crosses

U.S. WNT Goalkeeping Network One aspect of goalkeeping that can be neglected, but is vital in this age of soccer is being able 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 […]

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Breaking Pressure Game

This small-sided game is to prepare your team to be able to play out of the back when your opponent is playing high pressure. Both teams must play high pressure (a high line of confrontation). If you win the ball in your opponents’ half, you straight away attack your opponents’ goal. If you win possession […]

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Coaching Point Considerations

by Phil Rose Coaching Points for Players 1 During the Game: – POSSESSION 1) Are you in the best position to receive ball? Can you better it? 2) Can you create more space and time for yourself? 3) What are your options? Short pass or long pass (Deep) 4) Did you have support? Did you […]

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Player Development Versus Team Performance

 By Ian Mulliner    Having been involved in youth soccer for the past several years at the club, state and regional levels it is becoming apparent that player development is taking a backseat to team performance, it seems that the rush to create a successful team has become more important for coaches than allowing players […]

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2 v 2 to Diagonal Targets

Four players are on each team. Two are placed in diagonally opposite corners and the other two are on the field. One team attacks from their corner target to their other corner target and the other team attacks the other corners where their targets are located. When the team hits their target, the player that […]

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Passing and Receiving Long Balls and 1-2’s

I saw this exercise when a buddy of mine, John Clare, used it at our club. Players serve a long ball in the air and then look to get in an onsides position to combine with the teammate who received the pass. The player receiving the ball dribbles at the coach and then either plays a […]

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6 Grid Game for Speed of Play

For this exercise, you must make a 60 X 40 yd. field and then divide it into 6 grids (20 X 20 yd.). In the beginning of the video, I placed green lines to help show how the field is divided. Every third pass must leave the 20 x 20 yd. grid and enter another. […]

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Sacrificing Quality for Winning

By Adrian Parrish Coaches have to be brave and stick with this philosophy, because with so much competition out there no matter how many articles are written about how youth soccer players should be developed there is always going to be those coaches that believe winning at all costs is what is important. I use […]

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How to Scout a Team

By Tim Nash Do you ever watch a game and leave feeling you missed something, usually the exact things you came to look for? Have you ever gone to scout a team and come away thinking you haven’t gotten what you need? You should be able to learn something about every game you see. That’s […]

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