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Technique Before Tactics

Try to imagine a running back in the NFL who does not know how to carry the ball while running down the field. A player who is paid good money to run with the ball did not know how to do that. I canno...
Injury Management Know How by Mike Woitalla

Crucial for Coaches: Injury management know-how By Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America Magazine's Youth Insider) To coach young children where I live, I had to get licenses from a couple of coaching c...
Soccer in a Bottle by Graham Ramsay

How can youngsters develop a savvy about the game or flowing skills if the ball is continually out of reach? If a player doesn’t touch the ball, how can they become skillful?
Soccer as as Escape to Hope for Afghan Teenager by Joe Drape

As an athlete in Afghanistan, Kohestani is a big deal. Last August, she scored six of the national team’s 11 goals as the Afghans won four of five games at a tournament in Pakistan, their first intern...
Soccer Best Practices by Tony Waiters

We need to get away from the “soccer drills for kids” mentality and develop soccer exercises and soccer practices that develop those four soccer skills identified above. We must place children in an ...

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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..