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Position or team shape?

How many times have you heard a coach or parent call out "John, remember your position!" or "John, you're supposed to be playing fullback!" during ...

Coaching the swarm

Most teams (and new coaches) are thrown into games after just a few practices - well before the coach has had any real chance to ...

Defending – the basics

This session is suitable for players aged 8 and upwards. Skills required: the players should be able to control and pass with some confidence Equipment ...

Eight soccer coaching warm ups for young players

Young children (up to the age of eight) hardly need to warm up at all - some jogging, swinging of the arms, twists of the ...

Why play small sided games?

1. Because we want our young football (soccer) players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skilful with it! (individual technical development) ...

Moving with the ball for U6 – U9

Topic: moving with the ball Warm up: Body Part Dribbling In a 15 x 20 yd area, each player has a ball. The players dribble ...

A complete shooting practice

Age group: U8 - U12 Warm Up: 5 - 10 minutes. Activity level - increasing. Space: General. 1 - 2 Players per group. Instep Warm ...

Planning a coaching session – an introduction

It's very important to decide what skill or technique you want your children to work on before you step onto the practice field. You also ...

Space and movement

Soccer, although it is played with a ball, is really a game of space and movement without the ball. Unlike some other sports, (baseball, for ...

Futsal – an introduction

I'm a big, big fan of futsal. Why? "In a 40 minute Futsal match, a field player on a team using a dynamic system of ...

Goalkeeper distribution

The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, but also the first line of attack. I am not advocating attempting to dribble the entire field ...

Ball control for beginners

There are two key elements of good ball control: a) The receiver's first touch should protect the ball from challenging players and not give them ...