Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Balance is an important skill to develop for young players. Players are required to complete soccer tasks balanced on one leg. Passing, receiving, shooting, crossing and dribbling are all completed while balancing on one leg. Many players and coaches overlook balance and take it for granted. However, it is like any other skill – it has to constantly worked on and improved in order to improve performance. The best players in the world all have great balance and this allows them to complete soccer specific skills and movements at high speed, without losing their footing.

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Changing Your Culture in 2017

Changing Your Culture in 2017

How do you take you take a losing program and turn it around into a positive one. Not just results wise but across the whole program. If its been a traditional losing program then major surgery is required starting with new management and a fresh approach. The past is the past but retain any positive vestiges from that experience. New energy needs to be created to spark life into a struggling body. You might try these immediate steps!

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Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Most of us know that strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reaching our fullest potential on the field such as helping us run faster, jump higher, and reducing the likelihood of injury.What isn’t talked about as much, though, is the impact that strength and conditioning has beyond the field.

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Developing Your Team to Be Able to Press & Trap

Developing Your Team to Be Able to Press & Trap

Create a 4v4v4. One team defends and when they win the ball from one team, play with their teammates and the 4 other players to create 8v4. The forward's defense has to funnel the ball to eliminate wide options and then intercept central "forced" passes. The midfielder's defense is either funnel or pressure cover and the defender's defense is ONLY pressure-cover.

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Understanding the Development of Soccer Players

Understanding the Development of Soccer Players

Developing soccer athletes is a complex issue with multiple factors that interrelate. Presented
below is a list of developmental factors coaches need to be aware of when planning the development of their athletes. This is not a comprehensive list but rather provides important areas for future discussion and emphasis.

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Nutrition Guide for Soccer

Nutrition Guide for Soccer

Serious soccer athletes need to pay special attention to their diet and daily nutrition intake. If you want to see the greatest results from your hard work on the field or in the gym, what you decide to put into your body is essential. Food is your fuel. It is what your body relies on to run properly and perform the way it was intended.

This nutrition guide includes information from some of the top experts in the field, over 30 healthy recipes and a schedule to track your weekly meal planning. Use this guide to get on track toward a healthy lifestyle that supports your training schedule.

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Soccer Awareness 5 v 2 Rondos Using 1 and 2 Touches

Soccer Awareness 5 v 2 Rondos Using 1 and 2 Touches

This exercise is what the Barcelona thinking model of passing and movement is built on. Adding a Neutral player to play thru. Players start at 7 years old and use it right thru the ages; and even at senior level it is a staple practice for the players.

Please read to understand the “attention to detail” required to do this correctly. Its not just a passing around the square game, it is so much more than this. We build it up to make it work with real pace and accuracy; as again; it speeds up the mind and body in decision making. 

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8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

The other day my good friend and fellow performance coach, Mike Robertson wrote an article about random thoughts he’s had over the past couple of weeks on strength, speed, and conditioning. This prompted me to add to my already on-going list of random thoughts I have in regards to Soccer Performance Training. So, here are a few of the thoughts I have while training athletes.

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Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

In soccer it is imperative that players are able to control their core as it allows for integration of the lower body with the upper body to transfer force from the ground upward and outward (ie. kicking, changing direction). If soccer players are unable to stabilize their core then it leaves them susceptible to injury and limits their performance and capabilities. Here is a core circuit that would be a better option for the athletes.

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Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

If you want to compete at your best at soccer, you need to commit to preseason training, so that your team’s strength and cardiovascular fitness peaks at the right time. This is a moderate intensity aerobic training session. This session is designed to replicate the demands of soccer. 

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Sideways on Soccer Vertical Corridor Exercise

Sideways on Soccer Vertical Corridor Exercise

This is an exercise where the field is divided into several vertical channels. Initially none of the players may leave the channel they are in. The most important condition is that the ball CANNOT be played forward to a team mate in the same channel. The ball must be played into an adjacent channel. This simple condition guarantees angled passes and sideways on reception.

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