On your bike!

blackjack onlineThis 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 pairs. One ball per pair. Place three flat cones in a short line. How to play: One player is a server and his partner works round the cones. The […]

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Walking the dog

blackjack onlineWalking the Dog is a great way to introduce ball control and dribbling to very young football players. It also encourages the development of spatial awareness and soccer vision. Even children as young as two or three will learn how to keep the ball close to them while running and I’ve used this game […]

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Moving goal game

blackjack online 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 out as they move around the space. The other players play a game trying to score in the moving goal. Coaching Points: Players should look at the football […]

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“They’re all bunched up!”

blackjack onlineBy 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 I get the puzzled looks from nearly every coach or coach-to-be. The kids know what they’re doing, it’s the parents and the new coaches who are confused. Adults see […]

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Why is football called “soccer”?

blackjack onlineThe word “soccer” actually comes from England, where the modern version of the game originated. In England, there were two types of football: rugby football and association football. The slang term for rugby football was “rugger,” and the slang for association football was “assoc.” The word “assoc” gradually evolved into “soccer,” which was much […]

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Why children want to play soccer

blackjack onlineIf you want to keep your children motivated, interested and wanting to learn you must first understand why they wanted to play soccer in the first place. Some textbooks suggest that the main reason that children want to play soccer is to learn so-called ‘socialisation skills’ – how to work together in a group, […]

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