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Coaching U10s to spread play

At training this week, I was coaching a session on passing and movement to switch play with the Under-10s. I used this session on spreading play to give them a good work out. I then asked the players to take the elements that they’d learned into a training game. As the match progressed, I could […]

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Use Hazard Work to help your players keep the ball

An explainer from David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple. Hazard Work describes various quick turns, feints and disguises used to shake off a defender. A player would use hazard work when receiving a pass with a defender close behind. The player must then try to complete a turn or change of direction to race away. This can be done in several […]

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A fantastic game for coaching players to cross the ball

  This game encourages players to cross accurately and quickly like Leighton Baines or Patrice Evra. When they receive the ball on the wing, they will put in a great first-time cross to catch out a retreating defense. Set-up Create an area of 40×40 yards with 10×10-yard boxes in two opposite corners. We’ve used 11 […]

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NSCAA CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel

Heading, Small-Sided Games and the Future of American Soccer – An Interview with Lynn Berling-Manuel

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is an organization of American soccer coaches founded in 1941. It is the largest soccer coaches organization in the world, with more than 30,000 members. Rare among soccer organizations it has women at the top. Lynn Berling-Manuel is the current Chief Executive Officer and Amanda Vandervort is […]

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I need a doctor small sided game

“I Need A Doctor!” small sided game

I Need a Doctor! is a fun small sided game. It improves players’ co-ordination, dribbling skills and ability to make decisions. Set-up: To play the small sided game, create a 20-yard square with two 4×4 “hospitals” marked within the square with flat cones. Divide your players into two teams. Every player has a ball. How to […]

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Are you a dreaded Win At All Costs coach?

Coaches, parents and players all want to win matches. That’s only natural. But enjoyment is replaced by stress if natural competitiveness gives way to a “Win At All Costs” (WAAC) attitude. Answer the following five questions HONESTLY. Assume your team is aged between six and eleven and you’re playing seven a side soccer in a […]

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