Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Soccer is a physically demanding sport. Athletes must be able to sprint to the ball and change direction while maintaining these skills for a long duration. During the off-season is the ideal time to improve overall athleticism, including strength. Here are strength exercises specific to soccer that athletes can do during the off-season.

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The Importance of Off-Season Training

The Importance of Off-Season Training

With the Fall Soccer Season finished, coaches are now organizing their off-season plans. Because of the unpredictable weather here in New Jersey, at Total Soccer Fitness & Training, we look to get into a facility or school gym to conduct our sessions during the off-season months of December, January and February. But inside or outside, off-season training has become an integral part of club soccer. Our theory at TSFT is to use the off-season to hone technical skills, review and practice tactical concepts, and most importantly, work on fitness and endurance both with and without the ball.

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Put Winning in Perspective

Put Winning in Perspective

Winning is part and parcel of playing football – it’s there, it exists and no-one can deny that. But it must also be put in perspective, particularly when striving to help young players improve. In this article Josh Brown talks to us about the epiphany he’s had within his relationship with winning.

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Developing 6 v 6 Team Shape With One Word Commands

Developing 6 v 6 Team Shape With One Word Commands

The difference between defensive and attacking shape is just the spacing between players and between units. Defensive shape is short and tight, attacking shape is wide and long. To help the players when you do this initially keep the same spacing between players and units as they move around the field to get the concept across. As they get better you can move on to increasing the spacing such as when we get possession of the ball and we need to have the players go wider and longer in their spacing between each other.

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Planning an Annual Fundraising Event for a Soccer Organization

Planning an Annual Fundraising Event for a Soccer Organization

One avenue that can be pursued when it comes to funding a soccer program is organizing and hosting some sort of annual fundraising event. There are a number of factors that you need to bear in mind when you desire to organize and implement an annual fundraising event for your soccer organization or league.

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Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Footwork drills using ladders, hurdles, and cones should be simple, effective, and purposeful. They can be great tools for building fundamental qualities like rhythm and balance, both very important for speed and agility.  When setting up your program, it's very important to remember two key facts that are indisputable.

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Understanding the Sports Parent Psyche

Understanding the Sports Parent Psyche

The same biochemical and neurological mechanisms that underlie reflexive flinching underlie the aggressive behavior that sometimes is expressed by sports parents as they observe their kids on the field.  A sudden, involuntary rush of adrenaline and cortisol can transform a friendly, warm, level-headed parent into a virtual menace; someone capable of saying and doing some pretty shocking things.

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5 Tips For Effective Demonstrations In Coaching

5 Tips For Effective Demonstrations In Coaching

Demonstrations are accessible to all types of learners because something that is seen, is a lot easier to digest then receiving the same information verbally. Being able to see the skill live, allows the player to store a picture of what you want in their memory and replay it until they learn it themselves.To deliver good demonstrations there are various techniques that a coach should consider.

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Teaching Running Efficiency — The Rhythmic Stride Pattern Approach

Teaching Running Efficiency — The Rhythmic Stride Pattern Approach

Rhythmic Stride Pattern Running is a simple approach to the study of soccer movement skills of individual athletes. Based on these initial skills, training of athletes to gain running efficiency on which to build soccer-specific speed is our mission.

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Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Having studied Brazilian soccer I have been impressed with two things; Their angled passing style of play and the sideways on aspect of their play. Their ability to disguise a pass by “front foot” passing These exercises are designed to incorporate each of these characteristics into our players.

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How to Set Up Fundraising for a Soccer Program

How to Set Up Fundraising for a Soccer Program

If you are involved in some sort of youth soccer program, rather for younger children or teens, you likely have faced the prospect of raising money. Many people consider fundraising a drag. They also do not necessarily know what route to take in order to raise funds for a soccer program. With this in mind, there are some essential elements that you need to bear in mind when it comes to the business of raising money for a youth soccer program.

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