On your bike!

This drill was  adapted from a game in The Ultimate Football Warm-Ups Manual. Objective: To practice passing and receiving skills. Set-up: Put your players into ...
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Walking the dog

Walking the Dog is a great way to introduce ball control and dribbling to very young football players. It also encourages the development of spatial ...
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Moving goal game

Two equal teams. Select two players to become the "moving goal". These players take the ends of a pole, rope or towel and stretch it ...
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“They’re all bunched up!”

By Ihor Chyzowych That's what I hear at every U-8 youth soccer coaching course I teach. My reply is always the same: "That's OK!" Then ...
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Why is football called “soccer”?

The word "soccer" actually comes from England, where the modern version of the game originated. In England, there were two types of football: rugby football ...
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Why children want to play soccer

If you want to keep your children motivated, interested and wanting to learn you must first understand why they wanted to play soccer in the ...
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Why children stop playing soccer

I stopped going to soccer because after a while it became like work, no fun...I used to like it..." Eleven year-old, San Fernando Valley, California, ...
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When winning is the only thing…

...violence is not far away. The acceptance of body contact and borderline violence seems to be based on the idea that sports is an area ...
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What’s wrong with youth soccer?

"I know a lot of younger players don’t love the game now, but it is not a game you love anymore. When I was young ...
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Total soccer for children

When should coaches start assigning specific positions to young players? By Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America Magazine, January 2008 issue) We see it so often ...
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Too much organization for young players?

“Reduce the Number of Players on the Field” by Brett Thompson, Director of Coaching and Education, www.osysa.com This article will tackle the often-debated subject of ...
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Futsal coaching tips

If you coach futsal (and if you don't, you should!) I'm sure you'll find the the tips below very useful. I know I did! Short ...
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The trials and tribulations of a footy ref

By Christopher White Background: This is my first season as a 'roped-in' parent acting as assistant to our U7s manager for training sessions. As the ...
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The numbers game – building up from small sided games

How 1v1 leads to 4-3-3 and it's role in player development a youth soccer coaching article by Larry Paul of the Burke Athletic Club Changing ...
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“I want to be the goalie!!”

So what is wrong with being goalkeeper? Why don't children want to play in this position? 1. Fear of letting the team down Attackers, midfielders ...
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The most important soccer skills to teach young players

Soccer players need a lot of different skills, and it does not matter for most of these skills whether you teach Skill A or Skill ...
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