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3 Challenges Of Coaching Young Children And How To Solve Them

3 Challenges Of Coaching Young Children And How To Solve Them

Each level of coaching brings its own set of challenges that are different from other levels. Coaching young children (U8 and younger) is no exception.

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The 4 Phases of Player Development

Children in the 1st stage of soccer development

The articles in the Phases of Player Development series are from a report by the staff of the U.S.Women’s National Team.

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How To Get Your Players To Arrive On Time

Spain's National Team arrives before a game

The most common ways of dealing with late players are: Make them run laps or do extra conditioning In more extreme cases, cut their playing time

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5 Easy Steps To Get Players To WANT To Do Conditioning

5 Steps To Get Your Players To WANT To Do Conditioning

If you ask any player from 8 to 40 what the worst part of playing soccer is, two answers will almost universally arise: losing and conditioning.

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The Difference Between Good and Great Soccer Players

Many people mistakenly think the difference between good players and bad players is their ability to do the spectacular.

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The 4 Phases of Player Development – The Full Bloom

The Elite Phase: The Full Bloom (U-19) Development of functional and team play: Fulfillment of a player’s potential depends on his or her own efforts, the support of teammates and the unselfish guidance of her coach.

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The 4 Phases of Player Development – “The Dedication”

U-16 The Dedication Stage

The Fervid Phase: The Dedication (U-16) Development of individual skills – individual, group and team tactics: This is a critical time in the player’s development.

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The 4 Phases of Player Development – “The Commitment”

The 4 Phases of Player Development

The Formal Phase: The Commitment (U-14) Development of individual skills – individual and small group tactics: Adult standards and formal rules become applicable.

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To Drill or Not To Drill

Several players taking part in a soccer practice drill

Contrary to the popular opinion, a now defunct site called Soccer Squirrel had an interesting article on the value of drills for teaching soccer skills. In The Squirrel’s words, The dictionary definition for drill is “any strict, methodical, repetitive, or mechanical training, instruction, or exercise: a spelling drill.”

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Subbing for Need vs Attrition

A soccer player waits to sub in to the game

As coaches, it’s important to keep your players rested and healthy, but is it possible that too many substitutions can actually be bad for your players?

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