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Four pieces to an effective soccer player

Four pieces to an effective soccer player

If a player is a puzzle, there are four pieces to that puzzle that make it complete: Technique, Tactics, Fitness, and Mentality. You as a coach are responsible for creating and developing these pieces. Continue reading »

The Froggy

The Froggy Soccer Drill

The diving header can be very difficult to master. The Froggy is a great drill to use for teaching how to do diving headers. However, before learning diving headers, make sure players have a good understanding of the basics in heading the ball. Continue reading »

Hustle Number 20

Hustle Number 20

I received an email from a visitor questioning parents referring to players by number instead of name. For example, a parent yelled out “hustle number 20”. Another parent advised that it is rude to refer to players by number. Players should always be referred to by name. Continue reading »

Wasting Time

Wasting Time

There’s only minutes left to play, but you have a 1 goal lead. Besides playing good defense, is there anything else you can do to keep that lead? For many coaches and players, the strategy of “wasting time” becomes an integral part of the game at this point. But how do you waste time the right way? Continue reading »

What is Dutch Coaching/Total Soccer?

What is Dutch Coaching/Total Soccer?

Dutch Coaching or Total Soccer is a coaching method that uses small-sided games as a method of teaching players to be well rounded to fill any position on the field. This style of coaching uses the theory of tactical soccer in which any player can play any position, thus when a player moves out of their position, they are then replaced by another player to retain the team’s organizational structure. When a player moves out of their position, they create space for another, which opens up many opportunities for the team. With Total Soccer, no player is fixed to a specific role; each player can be successful as an attacker, midfielder or defender.
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The Weave

The Weave Soccer Drill

The Weave is a great drill to teach players ball movement and switching the field of play.
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The Star

The Star Soccer Drill

The Star drill instructs players to pay attention to their surroundings while dribbling through traffic.
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