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Correcting Player Errors

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There are two types of playing errors that your players can make…. Learning Errors and Performance Errors. ****************************************************************************************** Learning errors occur when players don’t know how to perform a skill. Performance errors occur when players make mistakes in trying to execute a skill. ****************************************************************************************** Quite often it’s not easy to tell which error a player has made… however, if you… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Two

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Holding a well-organised football trial will ensure you get the most out of it, particularly important if your time is limited. When assessing a player, check out his technical ability as well as his game play. To enable a review of all these elements, divide the trial into two separate parts. The first section involves some drill-based ability and the… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial

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Having the ability to organise and run a well-managed and coordinated soccer trial will speak volumes as regards your football coaching capabilities. More significantly, it will enable you to get the best out of the little time that is available and will help you considerably in making the correct choice of players. How can you ensure you get the best… 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 »