Soccer coaching articles

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 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 easier […]

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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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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 McDonaldization of American soccer

Extract: …let the game do the teaching. The kids are here to PLAY and not to WORK. They worked enough in school, where they’ve been helped enough to solve problems that they might only be mildly interested in. Why subject them to more adult supervised instruction towards a goal that they probably don’t share or […]

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Winning! How Important Is It in Youth Sports?

By Michael A. Clark, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University The answer to this question depends upon who is responding. For the young athletes themselves, the answer evidently is, “Not very.” When a national sample of youth, aged 10 to 18 years, were asked why they participated in sports, “to win” […]

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Soccer physics

Physics is the branch of science that deals with (surprise!) the physical world and its properties. It attempts to explain in mathematical terms the behaviour of matter as we observe it. To understand why soccer balls curve, how high they bounce, how the pressure in the ball affects the bounce and even what sort of […]

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Soccer academies – stepping stones or exploitation?

“I’ve seen the future and I’m scared” by Matt Slater – BBC Sport For the last month or so I have been speaking to people involved in youth football (soccer) development in England and to say that our conversations have been illuminating is an understatement. They have also been equal parts encouraging and depressing. The […]

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Primary school football (soccer) – the rules of the game

Duration Matches shall be played over three unequal periods:  two playtimes and a lunchtime. Each of these periods shall begin shortly after the ringing of a bell, and although a bell is also rung towards the end of these periods, play may continue for up to ten minutes afterwards, depending on the nihilism or “bottle” […]

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