Player management

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 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, achieve […]

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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, 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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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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The mental development of 6-12 year olds in youth soccer

Mental Development for the 6 year olds and under The key issue for children under six is positive self-esteem. Children will play the game longer, try harder and overcome obstacles if the environment is conducive to building self esteem. The concept of “self” is learned, not by winning games, but by facing progressively difficult challenges. […]

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Sugar and spice…

Over the last fifteen years, I’ve coached all girls teams, all boys teams and mixed teams and I’ve learned – often the hard way! – that there are some key things to remember when coaching the ‘fairer sex’. Girls, typically, are more analytical than boys and will not accept what a coach says at face […]

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Sports Training – How Much is Too Much?

By Lyle Micheli, M.D. reproduced by permission of the Mass Youth Soccer Association Kids are starting sports earlier and training harder. Incentives to win are growing, sometimes literally – I’ve seen trophies almost bigger than the little athletes who’ve won them! With higher stakes have come pressures to perform better by being fitter and more […]

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Soccer team rules

The following are some suggested rules for young soccer players, taken from the footy4kids soccer coaching philosophy and codes of conduct. Any such rules should be discussed and agreed before the season starts, preferably at a pre-season meeting. Play according to the laws and spirit of the game. Be on time and be prepared for […]

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Setting goals

Courtesy of Kids First Soccer Information presented here is based on the discussion by Gould, D. (1998). Goal setting for peak performance. In J.M. Williams (Ed.) Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (3rd ed.) ELEMENTS THAT MAKE EFFECTIVE GOALS a pre-determined level of proficiency on a specific motor skill or fitness component(s) specific […]

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