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Developing Game Memory? by Graham Ramsay

Prior to coaching at youth level, I always believed that amnesia sneaked into our lives only after we reached the ripe old age of three score and ten. My research of the past 20 years has totally dest...
What Is Going On?

I was sitting in my favorite soccer shop next to a grandmother type with the grand daughter who at the age of five needed new and expensive soccer shoes. “Had she been playing long?” I asked. Well, ye...
FA's Ban on Competion U8 by Teilo Pearce

My experiences are that the use of cup finals, league championships only serves to put unacceptable levels of pressure on children, who are only six, seven and eight years of age. My view is that leag...
A New Season by Alan Maher

Why should all soccer be high level competition? Why cannot kids just have fun? I do not even like the thought that an adult needs to be at the game. I played basketball and football without ever seei...
"The Issue Is NOT Physiology!"

I think the issue here is not so much the physiology...but the coaching methods. Why would the coach waste valuable training time away from the field to run hills? Year ago our women's coach did "wate...

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Sideline coaching -- Dump the GPS and let the kids drive
Created by admin in 11/12/2011 10:57:11 AM

Now, I had observed this parent’s sideline behavior several times, and had also seen him silenced by his daughter’s coach on more than one occasion. This parent’s pearls of coaching wisdom included p... Read More..


Painting with a Soccer Ball by Alan Maher
Created by admin in 8/23/2011 3:45:31 PM

Then I went to a soccer field to watch summer soccer camp.The painting scene by the library came to mind. Learn to use the tools that are available. The soccer ball is the primary tool. Learn how to ... Read More..


5 activities to improve confidence with the ball by Ken Kruse
Created by admin in 8/16/2011 3:10:51 PM

Do you want your soccer players to improve their ball skills? What coach doesn’t! Ask your players to dedicate 10-15 minutes every day at home toward these activities. These soccer activities can be ... Read More..


Klinsmann exudes positive energy on US sidelines
Created by admin in 8/16/2011 11:54:20 AM

Klinsmann exuded positive energy on the bench. He smiled a lot. He pumped his arm repeatedly when Rogers tied the score in the 73rd minute. And the affable German wore an ear-to-ear grin during the p... Read More..


Know They Keeper By Tim Mulqueen with Mike Woitalla
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:46:16 PM

Coaches must adjust their approach to the individual. Some keepers might need the soft touch to get in the right frame of mind. Others might require a rousing pep talk. Some keepers might fall apart ... Read More..


Lecture them not By Mike Woitalla
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:42:12 PM

If being told how to play enabled children to master soccer we'd have an excess of great players and superb teams. The game, it is so obvious, is the best teacher. That's not to say the coaches' choi... Read More..


Women’s national team inspires little girls, fathers and mothers throughout U.S.by Jose de Jesus Ortiz
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:32:12 PM

Growing up in the Los Angeles area in the 70s and 80s, I still remember the first time I saw girls playing organized soccer. It was in 1984 as part of a Coca Cola-sponsored tournament in Pasadena on ... Read More..


USA Women's Soccer Inspires Youth by Nathan Thomas
Created by admin in 7/14/2011 5:14:32 PM

The USA beat France to advance to the finals, and the young soccer fans will be watching every kick of the way. "We can learn," says Alex Widman, 12. "We can watch their mistakes and we can learn fro... Read More..


From Tears to Cheers by Gerald Steele
Created by admin in 6/15/2011 5:12:27 PM

They have started to learn that winning is not about beating an opponent. No, the one to beat is oneself. It is about learning and growing. It is about shedding silly notions about competition. It is... Read More..


What do we do Now? by Alan Maher
Created by admin in 1/24/2011 3:33:30 PM

On Long Island the team has a coach of record. He or she goes to the games with the team. Normally that person is a volunteer. Then the team hires a professional coach. Perhaps the English coach. The... Read More..