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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The Problem with the Passionate Soccer Player

The Problem with the Passionate Soccer Player

Passion in soccer certainly is alluring. More sprints, working harder than everyone else on the pitch, challenging with power and aggression…these are the kind of behaviours that align themselves with the notion of passion. And they’re certainly behaviours that many ‘winners’ exhibit I can’t deny that. But performance in soccer never has been and never will be just about demonstrating high levels of passion.

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1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

The key defensive skill we are practicing here is for the defending player to always be able to see the ball and the attacker at the same time. The defender must gauge whether it is possible to intercept the ball and, if it is not, then must adopt a position behind the attacking player’s receiving foot.

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Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

While recovery is important for all aspects of soccer, this article is focusing on everything you need to know about optimizing your muscle recovery. Taking the techniques and tips in this article seriously will help you feel less sore, gain more muscle, practice and workout more and harder and overall improve your game.

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Re-evaluating the Role of Youth Coaches

Re-evaluating the Role of Youth Coaches

Again, we wonder why our players’ development over the past 30+ years has been extremely sluggish. We think that just because we have the resources and number of players we are fated to rule the soccer world. And yet our players are unable to perform even the simplest of soccer development tasks which is to lay-out their own playing environment. If you are skeptical then try this experiment at your next practice…

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Diamond Passing Exercise

Diamond Passing Exercise

Diamond passing exercises are the next level to consider in training players. Players get less reps in diamond training, but with the loss of repetitions you gain a huge variety of different weighted passes, different angles of passes and lengths of passes, and more player movements and ball movements for them to be aware of in each pattern.

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Scoring Exercises Warm Up

Scoring Exercises Warm Up

Warm up should be without a ball for the first 15 minutes as the coach needs the players to get really stretched out. Strikers must execute a wide range of twisting and turning movements which are specific to their position. This can be followed by striking the ball in twos or threes with gradually increasing speed and power. It is good for the coach to practice shooting on the turn in the warm up.

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How to Use Differentiation in Youth Soccer

How to Use Differentiation in Youth Soccer

Knowing how to differentiate in your sessions is an important skill for a youth soccer coach to learn and when mastered will take their coaching to a new level. Differentiation is when you tailor your coaching to meet the needs of your players who will either find the practice too hard or too easy.

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Develop the Effectiveness of Defending with a Sweeper

Develop the Effectiveness of Defending with a Sweeper

The sweeper/stopper method of defending is a popular defensive system in youth soccer. The role of a sweeper is given to a player that plays behind the line of defenders. It is that player’s duty to cover the space behind the defense and in front of the keeper, and sweep across to remove the danger of the opponent’s attacks. As with all tactical plans, it is dependent on the strength of the players involved. Here are three drills to help develop the effectiveness of defending with a sweeper.

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Secrets to Developing Confident Players

Secrets to Developing Confident Players

In order to succeed you need A Plan, Commitment to carry out the plan and Consistency. When your players see and hear a consistent message from you, it reinforces your coaching way in their minds. By knowing what they can expect from you and hearing it over and over, they will begin to assign a higher value and trust in your coaching, and it will show them that you take your coaching seriously.

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