Making the Case For Soccer In Your Later Years

Making the Case For Soccer In Your Later Years

If you’re wondering whether soccer is still playable at your age, fear not! The game of soccer is especially beneficial to adults over 50 in ways you wouldn’t think possible. It’s important to know your limitations, but with soccer’s many positive impacts on our health, both physically and mentally, it’s a great recreational hobby.

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The importance of GRIT as a predictor of success in football (soccer) and in life

The importance of GRIT as a predictor of success in football (soccer) and in life

Grit is defined as passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals and will determine who succeeds at school, in sports and in life in general. Growth mindset is the belief that the ability to learn can change with effort. When kids understand the brain grows in response to challenge, they’re more likely to persevere when they fail. They cultivate grit when they know the qualities they need for success can be developed through dedication and effort. 

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Replenishing Your Body Right: Indispensable Nutrients Soccer Players Need

Replenishing Your Body Right: Indispensable Nutrients Soccer Players Need

As a soccer player, you would be right to find the best methods that help you optimize your performance. To boost health, it is increasingly common to tap into supplements to obtain key nutrients. So on that vein, what sort of vitamins and minerals do soccer players need?

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Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Modern day coaches should have a working knowledge of the two transition Moments in soccer, Moments 2 and 4. They call these Moments “Fast break” in basketball or “Counter attack” in soccer.

The objective of the exercise is to get the players to look forward, immediately upon winning the ball – most important in counter attacking.

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It’s All in the Details When it Comes to Optimal Performance

It’s All in the Details When it Comes to Optimal Performance

The biggest names in sports — players, coaches, managers — are aware that even the purest talent can sometimes not be enough to make it to the top. Soccer, as one of the most popular disciplines in the world, is one such discipline that associates significant numbers of aspiring competitors who have the ambition to achieve greatness. Though many things make up for optimal performance, without it, you won’t get as far as you could.

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Passing and Receiving Support Circle

The following drill comes from Smedley’s Soccer Site.

Procedure:

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Eight players are stationed on the outside of the circle, and two players start on the inside. One of the inside players is designated as the target man (T) and the other is designated as the support player (S). The drill begins with a pass in to the target man from one of the outside players. The target plays the ball back to the support player, and the support player passes to any of the players on the outside. From there, the ball is played right back in to the target man to begin the next combination. Play continues for 30 seconds before the two inside players switch out.

Coaching Points:

  1. Speed of play – Use one touch when you can and two touches when you should.

  2. Movement – The target man needs to run away from the player receiving on the outside.

  3. Anticipation - Read the play as opposed to reacting to the play. Start your runs early.

Progression: Limit the target and the support player to one touch.


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3 Reasons Your Soccer Club Should Be Different Instead of Better

3 Reasons Your Soccer Club Should Be Different Instead of Better

Competition in club soccer, as in other parts of life, is a natural occurrence. Multiple clubs vying for financial, marketing and branding superiority within the same community is one of the biggest challenges they face. However, no matter what business strategies you're using, it’s not in being “better” than the competition that clubs thrive – it’s in being different.

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Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Recent studies show that mindfulness can help quicken recovery from injury, thanks to its ability to change one’s perception about pain and attitude about how to respond to it. In addition, mindfulness is fast emerging as a popular tool amongst soccer players for helping to establish the right mindset, day in, day out, and to improve their game in the process.

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Strategy of Counter Attacking

Strategy of Counter Attacking

One of the considerations in developing a counter attack strategy is what to do with the forwards once the ball goes past them. This is important and needs careful reflection. I saw the Danish team in Euro 1988 playing with one forward high and the other in a low “mirror” position when the Danes were defending. They, therefore, had a short pass available when the intercepting player was under pressure and a long pass to a high CF when pressure was broken. As you will see in the diagram the forwards for the red team have shifted to “mirror” the position of the ball in case it is won. This is the kind of strategic thinking coaches must consider when putting together a counter attacking strategy.

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Is There Too Much Emphasis on Keeping Possession in the Modern Game?

Is There Too Much Emphasis on Keeping Possession in the Modern Game?

Does having more of the ball matter in the modern game? A rather simplistic explanation of the benefits of possession is that it automatically prevents the opposition from scoring. However, there is always the danger of sides sitting deep, and the game becoming a deeply uninteresting spectacle for the neutrals.

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Meal Plan for Soccer Players

Meal Plan for Soccer Players

I used to sit with my brother and sisters, munching on potato chips and junk food whilst the game went on. Of course, Ronaldinho didn’t munch on carby potato chips before his big games so that begs the question: What is the meal plan for soccer players and routines look like?

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Peripheral Vision Coaching Session

Peripheral Vision Coaching Session

The following activity can be used to improve the overall game awareness of individuals within a team concept. This session is an indicator of how quickly players recognize the “correct run off the ball” by a teammate and consequently they make the “correct pass”.

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