Do You Analyse Your Games Sufficiently?

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Soccer games can be thrilling but even in the most tedious matches there will always be plenty of action for a coach to analyse. However, are you analysing correctly or just simply watching the match? Do you write down on paper, or mentally, what you observe on the field? Do you watch out for areas in need of some work,… Read more »

Encouraging Your Soccer Players to Shoot

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Scoring more goals than your opponents, whilst conceding as few as possible, is the main objective of a soccer match. Each time a team has control of the ball, the aim should be to create scoring opportunities. However, in junior and youth matches, all too many scoring chances are missed and there is a possibility this is because the managers… Read more »

Six Key Factors in Choosing a Goalkeeper

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Many coaches ask how best to choose a goalkeeper. Usually what happens is you find yourself either with several volunteers or none at all! However, choosing a player who is suited to the role is essential for a successful season. A common error is automatically placing the biggest player in goal, just because his size means he can cover more… 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 »

Soccer Techniques: Throw-ins

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Regardless of what level of soccer is being played, throw-ins are a major part of set pieces. Using throw-ins efficiently will give your team an advantage over their opponents by utilizing available space and setting up goal scoring chances. By paying close attention during games, you’ll see that once a throw-in is conceded, all the players switch off and unwind… Read more »

Choosing a Soccer Team Captain

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What is meant by the term ‘a natural leader?’ Do we mean a player who shows the way by example? Is it a person who inspires the other players through his communication and team talks? Or perhaps a much needed authority on the field, someone who is available to all other players when needed, a general…? This list is endless…. Read more »

The Five Most Common Goalkeeping Errors Young Players Make.

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It’s a tough task for a young goalkeeper to stop the opposition scoring. According to statistics, goalkeepers often have lengthy periods when they’re not actively participating in the game, usually around 3 or 4 minutes. However, as soon as they are required, they must make a decision within a split second on what action to take and follow through with… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Five

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In this, the fifth and final part of the series, we look at how to tell the trialists whether they have been chosen to join your squad or not. Once the time arrives to make the selection for the squad, emotions will be running high for you, your team hopefuls and their parents. Choosing new members for your squad is… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Four

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In part three of this series on holding an effective soccer trial, we outlined how it’s necessary to assess the skills and technical ability of the trialists consistently. However, other considerations need to be taken into account as well. Four other key elements are vital when choosing new players for your squad. These factors will ensure new members integrate well… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Three

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One of the biggest mistakes trainers are guilty of when holding a soccer trial is attempting to coach the players who are trying out. The main purpose of having a trial is to assess the skill and technical ability of the players. This doesn’t mean you just sit back and watch. Offering occasional feedback when it’s appropriate shows the trialists… Read more »