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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Managing Your Soccer Club: The 3 Most Important Responsibilities

Managing Your Soccer Club: The 3 Most Important Responsibilities

The scope of a club manager’s tasks, broad as it may seem, can be divided into three distinct categories: communication, coordination, and management. Some of these responsibilities will overlap with one another over the course of a session or full-length season; however, they all have their specific role to play in ensuring that your soccer club or association runs smoothly. Take the stress out of running the club this year and use some of these guidelines to optimize your soccer management strategy.

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Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Soccer is a sideways on sport -- players will have much more success when they are able to receive the ball at an angle. Being sideways on allows players, in advance of the ball, to be able to see peripherally advancing defenders.

This warm up is excellent for beginning to develop this sideways on aspect of receiving and passing the ball.

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The Importance of Sleep for Optimal Performance

The Importance of Sleep for Optimal Performance

The ability to scan the field of play, process information quickly and make good decisions are essential attributes for top players. A lack of sleep can severely limit this ability and impair the pace of development.  Significant performance gains can be achieved by young players by ensuring they have adequate sleep.

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Why Manchester United need a completely fresh start at Old Trafford

Why Manchester United need a completely fresh start at Old Trafford

Things at Old Trafford have not gone well in recent months. And now, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, it seems United are about to embark on a fresh new chapter. But is simply changing the manager the answer to their problems? We look at three key factors that need addressing as United bids to return to the pinnacle of English - and European - football once again.

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Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Soccer players must be able to cover distances very fast and often times move in congested areas with ease. They need to improve leg strength to become more agile if they’re going to perform at their maximum ability. Increasing leg strength can also help prevent injury. Here are some lateral strength training videos to help improve agility.

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Fitness Testing

Fitness Testing

Of the many benefits of fitness testing, the most important is to establish the strengths and weaknesses of each athlete and compare those results to other athletes. You probably have some idea of how fit your athletes are. But knowing the specifics can help you set realistic fitness goals, monitor progress and maintain motivation. Gauge your teams fitness levels by doing these three classic exercise tests.

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The Skills Young Soccer Players REALLY Need

The Skills Young Soccer Players REALLY Need

My advice to every soccer player, coach and parent – put mindset and mental skills on a pedestal. Make them just as important as developing the physical and technical sides of the game. There is always an opportunity in every training session and every match to improve your self-talk, body language, focus, confidence and emotional control.

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Game Speed Conditioning

Game Speed Conditioning

This is the type of conditioning that separates the good from the elite.  In soccer, being fit for 90 minutes is not enough.  Traditionally, coaches have simply looked at the average distance in a game (approx. 8 miles) and conditioned their players to run that distance. High intensity training intervals are exactly what you need, especially if you are trying to lose weight and get “toned”.

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