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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 »

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 »

Terrific Soccer Speed Drill Video

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Here at Junior Soccer Tips we aim to share with you sound soccer coaching hints and tips so that you can develop your mini (Under6 to Under 9), junior (Under10 to Under 12) and youth (Under 13+) soccer players to be the best that they can be. In this soccer tip we’ll share with you a drill that we regularly… Read more »

Seven Key Points for Goalkeeping Psychology

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A goalkeeper has probably the psychologically challenging of all positions in the squad. Any errors made by the goalkeeper are usually crucial and are seen by all members of both teams plus the spectators. This is recognized by a competent coach and as part of his duties, he will act almost as a psychologist to the goalkeeper, certainly more so… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Coaching the Shoulder Charge Technique

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There are no stringent guidelines in soccer rules and regulations on what is allowed concerning shoulder charges. It goes without saying that any contact with another player should not deliberately be aggressive or dangerous. The laws of soccer state neither the leg nor the arm should be used to push a player with possession of the ball. Lunging at an… Read more »

Developing Your Goalkeepers’ Mental Skills

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“You don’t have to be mad to play in goal, but it sure does help” When I was a young goalkeeper, I heard this quote often, and now that I’m older and wiser, I can definitely say there is some truth to it. A good goalkeeper is a breed apart and therefore requires some coaching separately from the rest of… 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 »