Could Soccer eLearning Create Future Messi or Ronaldo?

Could Soccer eLearning Create Future Messi or Ronaldo?

If there's one thing we can predict that will happen in the future, one guess is sure to win - that is the future will be more digitally connected than ever. Looking at the numbers of digital devices that we have today tells us these gadgets are here to serve us for a multitude of years to come. Thus, it absolutely makes sense that our insatiable appetite for online media be in for pleasure or for business will continue to grow. But how about creating an appetite for better sports performance via cyberspace?

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Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

As an athlete, no matter what age or level of intensity, we deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure when it comes to the big game. Believe it or not, feeling nervous before a big game is normal! We put so much hard work and dedication into our sports, all we want is for the hard work to pay off on game day. It wasn’t until I followed these three tips that I turned nerves and anxiety into confidence when it mattered most

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How to Eat to Improve Your Thinking

How to Eat to Improve Your Thinking

Soccer is more than simply being physically capable of outperforming others, we also take on a mental toll whenever we get out on the field. While we can train our bodies to become stronger, there is not an easy way to train our minds. This is where the diet kicks in. Changing the way you eat will have significant effects on your ability to think. By optimizing how your mind works, you can become a serious threat on the field.

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Overlapping Full Backs Creating Crossing Opportunities

Overlapping Full Backs Creating Crossing Opportunities

The following activities teach the basics and importance of the "Overlap" Overlapping runs can help unbalance a defense to create opportunities to attack in advanced areas of the pitch. The Timing of the run is essential to avoid offside and to create a goal scoring opportunity from the cross.

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The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

A recent interview with Arsène Wenger, manager of the topflight English club Arsenal, outlined the importance of young players learning to be “consistently motivated” in order to play at the highest levels of the game.

In his typically thoughtful style, Wenger defined a motivated person as “someone who has the capacity to recruit the resources to complete a goal.” He then gave an example of how he got lost jogging in Japan. He explained how he was motivated to come back to the hotel but could not find his way back. He could have hailed a taxi but as a sportsman he was determined to find a solution himself and find his own way back. In summary, Wenger believes that when you look at people who are successful they are the ones who are consistently motivated and always willing to made sacrifices to achieve their goals.

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Strategies in Using Soccer Games for Fitness and Conditioning

Strategies in Using Soccer Games for Fitness and Conditioning

Practice can be of value in conditioning. One of the reasons that we end practice with a game is to reward the kids—they like to play. From a coaching standpoint, we get to evaluate the worthiness of our session, especially if the activities and coaching points we make have an effect on the players. It’s also the best opportunity one has to replicate an actual game. Small-sided games are as good as we can get in replicating a big game.

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Soccer Awareness Age Group Specific Awareness Developmental Training

Soccer Awareness Age Group Specific Awareness Developmental Training

With this 94 page eBook, we are taking the Soccer Awareness thinking process to the next level by identifying what is relevant at each age group. That said, you the coach, will decide perhaps a 9 year old team can cope with the 11 year old sessions and perhaps a 12 year old lower level team will need to use younger age group session plans.

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7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

Here's another great exercise for your Training Triangles that can be done with your players during the first 15-20 minutes of practice to work on multiple technical aspects of their game including passing, movement off the ball, and dribbling technique.   

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The Secret To Dealing With Soccer Emotions…Quickly!

The Secret To Dealing With Soccer Emotions…Quickly!

Negative emotions – anxiety, frustration, anger, despondency – must be dealt with, and they must be dealt with quickly. So how does a soccer player do that? How does a soccer player snap out of an emotional funk that is damaging his or her game, with speed? How does a footballer improve her ability to manage her soccer psychology?

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The American Future Coach: The DaVinci Coach

The American Future Coach: The DaVinci Coach

UEFA’s brilliant Technical Director, Andy Roxburgh, penned the phrase DaVinci Coach shortly after the book ‘The DaVinci Code’ hit the bestselling charts. His 2007 presentation in Basle, Switzerland focusing on the skills of the European future coach captivated an audience of European Technical Directors who came away inspired and anxious to get to work. Over the years I have found that Andy has that effect on people. It set me on the road to thinking about the skills our American “Future Coaches” must have in our unique and challenging position.

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Constructing a Training Session from My Days with Jose Mourinho

Constructing a Training Session from My Days with Jose Mourinho

This session was presented at the 2017 Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic by Dave Hancock. Dave Hancock is a Performance Director, Strength Coach and Physical Therapist who has worked with some of the best athletes and coaches from around the world of sport, both in Europe and the USA. In 2006, Dave joined Chelsea FC to become their Head Physiotherapist over seeing a new $60 million training facility and in charge of all aspects of treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention programs for the first team squad. He won the Premiership title with Chelsea in 2007, along with the FA Cup and Carling Cup and went onto the Champions League Final in 2008.

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The Heading Trainer Video Guide

The Heading Trainer Video Guide

Heading a soccer ball is neither a simple skill nor a single skill to be taught and trained. There are a variety of heading techniques that need to be learned by players. Coaches need to be able to recognize and teach the component parts of each type of heading. This video series is designed to help minimize the possibility of injury when heading a soccer ball.

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