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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 »

Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Soccer Players

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I’m a coach, and this season my team acquired two new players. I wasn’t looking for new players. These two came to us because their parents had seen our team play over the last few seasons. They saw us winning all our games, but even more important was the way in which we won them. Recently, one of my new… Read more »

The Five Stages of Soccer Development Part 1

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Helping young soccer players develop their full potential requires a well-stocked reservoir of coaching and training techniques. This article looks at the five stages of development that soccer players experience, and these can be used to help build practice sessions, which will add value to the development of young players. The five key stages of growth for soccer players are… Read more »

How To Play A Pressing Football Match Part 1

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In youth football, you’re more likely to see a fast paced, attacking football game. Go to any local pitch and watch a game and you will see young people trying to gain possession of the ball and score. It’s all about instant gratification, and it’s great for supporters too. Parents who carry their offspring from game to game find it… Read more »