Intentional Practice and Rio Ferdinand

Intentional Practice and Rio Ferdinand

Intentional practice is vital for skill development – technically, mentally and physically. Are you utilizing the art and science of intentional practice in your training sessions and in your coaching culture? If you`re a player are you learning with intention?

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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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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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Soccer Mindset Statement

Soccer Mindset Statement

What does an outstanding mindset look like? Feel like? I ask you for the look and feel of your mindset because you can literally see it…and you can literally feel it. You can see focus and you can see distraction. Here are examples of how players can develop their own personal mindset statement.

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Passing and Support Possession Game

Passing and Support Possession Game

 This drill is designed to encourage players to spread out when they attack and switch play; changing direction if one route is blocked. Looking for quick transition and movement off the ball to create space but attacking the space when it is on to do so. The first thought of the player on the ball should still be “Can I run or pass the ball forward”.

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How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Plenty of teams start the season struggling and end the season the same way, perhaps never winning a game or even getting close. This can wear on coaches. Such struggles might drive otherwise strong coaches from volunteering again, possibly depriving the kids of a dedicated role model who is focused on their development in the sport. One bad year shouldn’t be a reason to quit. Here are some ways a youth coach can move beyond a negative season:

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Building Goalkeeper Confidence

Building Goalkeeper Confidence

In this article, coach Colin Smith introduces us to his thoughts on confidence building for goalkeepers (and players in general) and the challenges parents deliver on a daily basis. Whether you’re a professional goalkeeper or an Under 7 in a mini soccer match the pressure and expectation to make the right decision at the right time is the same.

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Put Winning in Perspective

Put Winning in Perspective

Winning is part and parcel of playing football – it’s there, it exists and no-one can deny that. But it must also be put in perspective, particularly when striving to help young players improve. In this article Josh Brown talks to us about the epiphany he’s had within his relationship with winning.

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Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Footwork drills using ladders, hurdles, and cones should be simple, effective, and purposeful. They can be great tools for building fundamental qualities like rhythm and balance, both very important for speed and agility.  When setting up your program, it's very important to remember two key facts that are indisputable.

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Free eBook: Teaching Strikers Receiving the Ball to Feet with Their Backs to Goal

Free eBook: Teaching Strikers Receiving the Ball to Feet with Their Backs to Goal

Free Soccer Awareness eBook 14: "Teaching Strikers Receiving the Ball to Feet with Their Backs to Goal and Introducing Quick Play in and Around the Box." 

All start positions should be with the idea of getting the ball into the strikers’ feet to receive it with their back to goal; and then developing the play from there.Emphasize the striker getting across the defender if the defender tries to get in front of them to intercept the pass to them, and using their body to block them off.

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6 To 10 Years Age Group Coaching And Training Sessions For The Season Overview

6 To 10 Years Age Group Coaching And Training Sessions For The Season Overview

Greatest short term learning and performance gains comes from practice that is high in repetition, specific to the skill required (practicing that one particular technique), uses blocked (repetitive) practice that involves few decisions. We need to start players at an early age using the practices pertaining to a Short Term Learning model and as they develop as players introduce practices related to a Long Term Learning Model.

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The Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Diet Right

The Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Diet Right

I feel like explaining nutrition is important to soccer players should be obvious. But it’s not, and this frustrates me. It frustrates me because it’s not specifically the players fault, or even the coaches fault. It’s the diet industry’s fault. If you google “Soccer Nutrition”, the top page is filled with differing views, and most of them are WRONG! People are just following the old, “common sense” practices, which are actually hurting our players.

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Coaching in the Game Methodology

Coaching in the Game Methodology

Coaching in the Game is an essential skill for coaches to develop. Simply put Coaching in the Game (CIG) involves coaching players in an even sided game with limited or no artificial teaching conditions (e.g. coned areas, limits on touches, uneven numbers in certain areas of the field, etc.). The CIG session is the ultimate test of a coach’s knowledge and expertise as it tests an individual’s ability to analyze the game and addresses very specific areas, areas which are directly related to the actual game and the needs of the players within the game.

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Sudden Increases or Decreases in Loading Can Increase Injury Risk

Sudden Increases or Decreases in Loading Can Increase Injury Risk

Coaches often use preseason as a period for high loading to prepare players for the upcoming season. Research shows that sudden changes in typical loading can increase injury risk. Coaches should consider planning training intensity in a progressive manner.

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The Children of Today

The Children of Today

When young players come into the Academy system it is naive to think that you can engage these players in the same way you did with the cohort from the previous year. The world is evolving so quickly even children within the same generation are showing differences in the way they perceive life and their surroundings. If we are really going to continue developing young players it is the Club's and Coaches that need to change, not the players. With that in mind I'm not taking about discipline or culture as these are fundamental within any industry but the way in which you instil these in your players will need to change. 

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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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