Category Archives: Youth Football / Soccer

Maintaining possession of the soccer ball

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Maintaining Possession Of The Soccer Ball Has your team ever played against a team were your players had difficulty maintaining possession when they have possession of the ball? What I see in many of our local leagues is too many teams are intent in getting the ball forward as quickly as possible. Individual players don’t seem comfortable on the ball…. Read more »

Youth Soccer Coaching Video – Switching The Play

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When coaching youth soccer team attacking tactics, one key tactic of team play is switching the play. This means your soccer players have the technique and ability to quickly transfer the ball from one side of the soccer pitch to other. This unbalances your opponents organisation and create opportunities for your soccer players to exploit. In this post there is… Read more »

Encouragement and Development through the Teenage Years

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As soccer players hit puberty and the early teen years of 12 – 16, they are developing and maturing both physically and emotionally. These years are important as strong bonds are forged with peers and individuals become less self-absorbed. Independence is gained, a clearer insight of likes and dislikes and role models such as soccer coaches or teachers come to… Read more »

Youth Soccer Players: Understanding Energy Systems

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Football players obtain energy both aerobically and anaerobically. During a game of soccer, players will run, sprint, jog and walk – all of which use different sources of energy. As the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems develop, players’ performance during matches and in training sessions will change. It’s essential to understand what is occurring and how you need to plan… Read more »

The Five Key Characteristics of a Successful Soccer Squad

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If you’re a keen soccer fan and watch games frequently, be they local league, top flight, national or international, you should be able to ascertain which teams exhibit the following key characteristics of a successful soccer squad. Keep possession of the ball A quality team will have the ability to hold possession for long periods of time. By keeping possession,… Read more »

How to Cope with Growth and Development in Adolescent Players

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Young players, especially teens, go through growth spurts and sudden mood and behavioral changes. Both boys and girls experience these types of changes, though girls will mature a bit earlier than boys. Girls typically experience maturation between eleven and thirteen years of age, while boys go through their peak growth between ages thirteen and sixteen. Also, girls will progress through… Read more »

Seven Surefire Ways to Make Sure Young Soccer Players Flourish

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Good coaching requires a lot of different skills, but these seven approaches ensure that your players develop well. When you put these fundamental practices into your coaching system, you’ll see faster development and get the best out of your players. By looking at your players’ growth from their perspective, you’ll be able to see what they need in order to… Read more »

Some Thoughts On The UEFA A Licence Part 2

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Some Thoughts On The UEFA A Licence Part 1 When we were able to chat later, I told him what I’d observed. It seems that at the highest level of football, this is something you have to do, and he now does this instinctively. We talked about other things as well, but I wanted to let you know what I… Read more »

Some Thoughts On The UEFA A Licence Part 1

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I’ve recently been able to attend a UEFA A Licence coaching course. This has given me the chance to talk to several coaches and managers, from both premiership and non league teams. Many current players are improving their knowledge of football coaching by aiming for this prestigious award in the off season break. The course included sessions where players got… Read more »

Improving Play With Tactical Conditions

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Changing a football team’s tactics is not easy and it’s something to think about when training. Have you ever attempted to get your players to change their play or to use a certain tactic and found that they have not managed it? This may be a regular occurrence. Don’t worry, all football teams experience this. Around the globe, football managers… Read more »