Coaching Corner

1V1 Defending Tactics

1V1 Defending Tactics

This video makes some good points on how to approach the player with the ball. Teach your defenders to approach the player with the ball at the right speed and angle, which will give them the best chances to steal the ball, push the player out of bounds, or at the...

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Manuel Pellegrini Secret Tactics

Manuel Pellegrini Secret Tactics

Get inside the tactical mind of Manuel Pellegrini, including his favorite formations and how he makes tactical coaching adjustments during the game. One of the most fascinating comments in this video is towards the end, where he makes the arguement that during the...

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Maximizing Practice Time

Maximizing Practice Time

Time is a limited resource, especially when you are coaching a youth soccer team. Not only are you limited by the amount of time you have to invest in planning practice, you are also limited in the amount of time you have to implement that plan. If your players lose...

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Shooting Drill Coaching Tips

Shooting Drill Coaching Tips

Proper shooting technique can make the difference between a simple scoring opportunity and a goal. Here are some coaching points to make with your youth soccer team as you work on shooting drills at practice. Shoot Low- Low shots have the highest probability of...

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Soccer Drill Variations

Soccer Drill Variations

Adding stipulations to the drills you do at soccer practice can alter exactly what each one is trying to accomplish. Here are a few variations that you can add to your drills to change up the focus, and work on specifics of the game: Touch Limitations: Limiting...

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Good vs. Great Coaches

Good vs. Great Coaches

Throughout my soccer career, I came across a number of soccer coaches who all had different styles, ideas and personalities. At the pinnacle of any sport, especially soccer, the top teams of any league are separated by the smallest of percentages. On any given day,...

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2 Objectives of a Youth Soccer Coach

2 Objectives of a Youth Soccer Coach

Part of the job of being a soccer coach is bringing structure to your players. In today’s world of hectic scheduling and busy parents, some kids may spend more time with their soccer coach at practice then their parents. In my opinion many of today’s youth need more...

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Coaching Confident, Creative Footballers

Coaching Confident, Creative Footballers

Experts believe it is between the ages of five and eleven that children learn skills and habits, good or bad, that stay with them their entire lives - this applies equally to education, personality and sport. It is during this vital period that footballers can be made...

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Dealing with Soccer Parents

Dealing with Soccer Parents

Youth sports and soccer especially are more competitive then ever before! As if coaches didn’t have enough to deal with, they must also learn to coexist with over involved parents that think their child is the second coming of Pelé. As an experienced soccer coach, I...

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Keys to Coaching Kids

Keys to Coaching Kids

By Josh Schoenly As a parent or coach, it is extremely important to have a youth soccer program that creates a positive and fun atmosphere for your kids. During these early molding stages, your child will begin to learn a lot about the game of soccer and basic...

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Soccer Drills & Practices “To-Go”

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Run your entire season from your phone or tablet. No printing, no planning! READ MORE