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Training sessions to encourage exciting, creative, vibrant players

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Do you know how to get the most out of your training sessions so that you develop your players into exciting, creative players who will play attractive soccer and win more games? Here is the check list I use in our training sessions when I want to focus on my match orientated sessions: Score goals and try to avoid conceding… Read more »

How Do You Finish Your Soccer Training Sessions?

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The best way to end your soccer training session is on a high… I like to send my soccer players away with a smile on their face and having learned a new soccer technique or tactic during soccer practice. If they leave with a smile on their face then what I’ve found is that they are energized at the very… Read more »

How to Deal with a Fiery Soccer Player

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You will always see the occasional volatile outburst from players, no matter what level of soccer they play. Right from junior amateur to professional, sometimes from players known for this type of behaviour and even from those whom you would never expect. In this article, two scenarios are outlined with methods of managing this kind of response or personality. Tempers… 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 »

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 »

Ten Steps to Develop Your Players Ability for a Particular Role

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A successful football team does not happen accidentally. It only occurs after both the team and the soccer coach have given much determination and thought. Time, organization and preparation are the key factors to developing a winning football team. The coach must instruct his players so that each individual is aware of his role within the team and has knowledge… Read more »