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"No lines, No laps, No Lectures" - Karl Dewazien

 John DeBenedictis-Executive Director National Soccer Coaches Association of Canada

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Shooting and Scoring- Secrets to Scoring Goals  Coaching your strikers and goalkeepers, especially as they get into the higher leagues and into their teens and onward, becomes just as much as a psychological challenge as it is and technical challenge. Most coaches do not deal with this aspect of coaching enough and many who do, work on it as a team. But consider the state of mind of both the goalkeeper and the striker. Both positions have very negative undertones to them. The best way to truly respect these undertones is to be a parent of a striker or goalkeeper watching a son or daughter play. Read More... 


  

 Player Development Starts at the Socks Have you ever watched the best players in the world and wondered: how did they do that? They perform a brilliant pass, finding a player in the open while being under extreme pressure. Or they score a brilliant goal and it seemed as if the player knew where everything and everyone was and then made the right decision under pressure. It may be a quick dribble into a space that didn’t even seem to be there but suddenly appeared. Read More...


 The Center Field Wall  The coach of the team defending the kick-off had just developed a completely new strategy, which I had never seen before. He had his seven players form a wall just outside the center circle to defend the kick-off. What a gutsy move. I've heard of a wall on a free-kick just outside the box and even a mini-wall at a corner kick but never had I seen this. A wall to defend the kick-off. Read More...


Kids drive coaches to coach: Parents drive coaches to drink  When coaches get together at annual convention, they go there to take in coaching sessions to become a better coach but they also get together to compare notes and talk about their experiences. One could also call it a giant group therapeutic psychology session. And quite often, the topic reverts back to the parents of the players. Just when you think you have seen or heard it all, another coach tells you of an experience they had with a parent of a player. Read More...


A Special Coaching Experience We often define our best soccer memories by winning games and tournaments, exotic traveling and international experiences. By giving back some time right at home we can add to our soccer memories. Contact your local Special Olympics program in your area and I am sure that they will be grateful for your help, even it you can only make one session if that is all your time will allow for. Don’t miss this opportunity because it is truly is a window for personal growth. Read More...


 Are Coaches Being Glorified?  Coaches! You are glorified because you do make a big difference in a child’s life. Unlike television you are not glorified because the audience wants to see you act immaturely on the sidelines. That’s not your place when you coach kids. Your are not on TV. You are not in the entertainment business of pro sports. If you coach kids, please be the reason kids stay in sports, not the reason they quit sports.  Read More...


Ronaldo, You're Making Life Miserable for Us Coaches.  Yes it all started on that faithful day not so long ago. That’s when my model, my go to guy, my demonstrator, Ronaldo, betrayed me and all us coaches in the biggest stage of all at the World Cup in front of a billion people, give or take a few Buffalo sports casters who happened be on another planet that month. Yes Ronaldo, that’s when your ruined it. You played so well up until that point and then you went ahead and spoiled it all by doing something stupid like: scoring a goal with your TOE. Yes... your TOE. Try explaining that to my player’s hot dog. No wonder they are clowning around trying to tell me how to shoot and score. “Coach, I thought you said not to use your toe”.  Read More...


 Yellow Shoes    One would assume that the new ball would have increased the number of goals scored at the World Cup. Goalkeepers have complained about the ball and in this World Cup I saw an unusual amount of goalkeeping errors that resulted in goals. Had those errors not occurred there would have been even less goals scored. Having said all that, I want to look at one other factor that may be affecting goals scored and that is the new shoes that the players are wearing today. Yes, the shoes! I think, they add to the equation a little bit. Read More...