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, USA Why is it that some children keep coming to our practices, week in week out, in hot sunshine and in freezing blizzards while up to 25% of children (and […]

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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 of life in which it is permissible to suspend usual moral standards. Studies show that athletes commonly distinguish between game morality and the morality of everyday life. A college basketball […]

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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 we played in the street, had fun, identified with great players, thought & talked nothing but football, lived for a Saturday game on telly. Now there’s too many games on […]

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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 one wonders whether American youth coaches are getting their soccer advice from Garry Kasparov. “Kids come up to the halfway line,” says Sam Snow, U.S. Youth Soccer’s Director of Coaching […]

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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 Organized and Select Soccer for our young players.  There has been much heated debate over small sided play / games for younger age children as well as the debate around […]

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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 rosters: Teams have short roster to have more playing time. This is not the spirit of Futsal. In Futsal coaches should replace players often to get the most of their […]

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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 manager is required to marshal the players on matchdays, I get the plum job of refereeing the home games. I have no experience of reffing whatsoever, and precious little football […]

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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 the number of players in a team can change the way the team plays. It can mean new responsibilities or opportunities for everyone. The structure, or form, that the game […]

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