5 Soccer Drills to Create Better Shooters

5 Soccer Drills to Create Better Shooters

Getting an opportunity to score a goal is a rare occasion on soccer games. When the moment arrives, you want to be prepared and confident to kick and score the ball. Shooting drills can help improve your shooting accuracy and make you more familiar with scoring situations. Here are five shooting drills to get you started.

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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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The importance of GRIT as a predictor of success in football (soccer) and in life

The importance of GRIT as a predictor of success in football (soccer) and in life

Grit is defined as passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals and will determine who succeeds at school, in sports and in life in general. Growth mindset is the belief that the ability to learn can change with effort. When kids understand the brain grows in response to challenge, they’re more likely to persevere when they fail. They cultivate grit when they know the qualities they need for success can be developed through dedication and effort. 

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Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Recent studies show that mindfulness can help quicken recovery from injury, thanks to its ability to change one’s perception about pain and attitude about how to respond to it. In addition, mindfulness is fast emerging as a popular tool amongst soccer players for helping to establish the right mindset, day in, day out, and to improve their game in the process.

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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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The Powerful Mental Techniques Ronaldo Uses

The Powerful Mental Techniques Ronaldo Uses

So where was Ronaldo when those Juventus players crowded the referee in protest at the last gasp penalty decision? Where was Ronaldo when some of the Juventus players tried to damage the penalty spot…the spot that was about to influence the destiny of every player on that pitch? Let me tell you where he was…

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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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Body Action Move – A Technique for Consistent Soccer

Body Action Move – A Technique for Consistent Soccer

The gap between best and worst performances can be lessened. It is possible for players to help themselves by immersing their mind and body in an active state that helps them deal with the ups and downs the game delivers. This idea is designed to help players compete with greater consistency – to rid themselves of the plague of inconsistency – the ultimate frustration for every coach at any level of the game.

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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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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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Intentional Training Model

Intentional Training Model

Things have to change. Too many soccer players train passively. They let their coaches take charge of their development. They think just because they’ve turned up they’re going to get better. Nothing could be further from the truth. To improve in soccer you have to practice on purpose. You have to train with intention.

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Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Stress can also be placed upon young players by coaches, parents and even themselves in order to achieve outcome goals such as results. This can negatively impact any performance improvements gained through training, increase the risk of injury and even lead to serious health issues.It is very important that young players are able to identify stress symptoms early and be able to use techniques to help them better manage and reduce their levels of stress.

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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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