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TIP #1 : Practice to Game-Our game SOCCER is a game in itself and spending time teaching them 'OTHER' games will not make them better in our game -SOCCER! Teach them at practice what you expect them to do in the game. Get to the point where there is laughter while they are attacking and defending a goal as an individual, in pairs, small groups or as a team. In this process be comfortable and BE PATIENT...! READ MORE....

TIP #2 : Words are Powerful-As coaches, we are presented with countless opportunities at each practice and each game to influence our players for better or worse simply by the words we choose to use. Words used to describe a skill or technique. Words used to correct form. Words used to encourage. Words used after a win. Words used after a loss. Even the words that we use toward others—the referees, for example—can greatly impact the development of the children entrusted into our care. READ MORE...

TIP #3  10 words-Do you sometimes use these words and phrases? Do you know a coach who does? Think about the effect they have on those who hear them. Then, do your best to see that these ten words and phrases are not heard on your field. READ MORE...

TIP #4  Formations-I am looking ahead toward our first game and I need some advice on formations. We play with 7 players on the field plus a goalie. In the past I have used a 3,1,3 formation. I am leaning toward a 2,3,2 formation for this all girls team. I like the idea providing a midfield to help move the ball up the field by providing more options for cooperative play. Yet, I am not sure how to use the mids on defense. I'd like your thoughts on formations and any suggestions you might have.    Read More

TIP #5  Make it FUN!-If it's not fun, fix it. Sometimes you will come up with what you think will be a dynamite practice, but when you get to the field and begin to work it, it falls on it's face. Relax, take a breath, and switch to something else (Theme related) that you are more comfortable with and that the kids like. Then, sit down afterward and try to determine what you could do differently next time READ MORE...

TIP #6 Recreactional Soccer-What about the kids who want to have fun AND learn advanced skills and play against more advanced players like themselves without the ridiculous pressure of select, tryouts and the time constraints of traveling?READ MORE...

TIP #7 Sidline Coaching - In one particular game I watched, the coach yell at the players every time he felt that the made a mistake for didn't do what he expected of them. The team won the game 2-0 but, the players hung their head at the end of the match, as if they had lost because all they could hear was the coach yelling at them for the mistakes they made and not the 'good things' that they accomplished on the field of play. Can you imagine the feeling the players had after winning the game and feeling lousy about it?READ MORE...

TIP #8 Teach Soccer Every Day - These 1 vs. 1 games will instill in them the two most important habits that will make them the best soccer player they can be. First, they will develop the habit of 'Attacking' when they have the ball. And, second, they will develop the habit of 'Defending' when they do not have the ball. What more can you ask for? Read More...

TIP #9 What Do I Do While I'm Waiting for Your Books to Arrive.....I am a brand new ayso U-6 coach and have bought the books from your website to help me learnKoach Karl: Thank you for the purchase and I promise that if you follow the suggestions in the books you will succeed!- but what are some "themes" to start these young 5 & 6 year old boys and girls with - my first practice is in 2 days. Read More...

TIP #10 Defending Tips Here's a list of key aspects of good defending. Use these standards as your guide and you'll be well on your way to playing tough defense, no matter who you're playing against or facing. Read More...

Tip #11 1 vs 1 Defending Tips  In Soccer, learning to defend is much easier then learnig to attack. This is because the defender's primary job is to simply take the ball away from the attacker.  Even if the defender doesn't gain possession of the ball, the attacker will allow the defenders support to close down the loose ball or cause the ball to go out of play.  A key element in good defending is remembering the defenders primary role is to break down the attack. Read More...

Tip #12 Sportsmanship Tip  Offer Encouragement to Teammates.

 A sign of good sportsmanship is a player who praises teammates when they do well and who comforts and encourages them when they make mistakes. Criticizing teammates in the heat of battle simply distracts from the focus of working together and gives the advantage to the opponent who develops a sense of confidence when seeing signs of weakness or a lack of unity in the midst of the competition.

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