Ian Barker

Ian Barker is somewhat unique having held leadership positions with US Youth Soccer and United Soccer Coaches and he has had extensive experience at youth and college levels. He coached for 21 seasons with the men’s programs at the University of Wisconsin and Macalester College, before becoming United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Education in 2012. Ian was the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Minnesota Youth Soccer Association for 10 years and is a Head Coach of Region II Boys Olympic Development Program. His qualifications are extensive and he holds the USSF A License, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and United Soccer Coaches Master Coach Diploma.

Soccer drills and small-sided games by Ian Barker

High tempo support

Midfield support in attack

in Attacking, Midfield

When you attack the play should cover all areas of the attacking third. To do this attackers need support from midfield that is creative and moves quickly into the dangerous areas of the pitch to create goal scoring chances. MORE

Attack from midfield

Attack From Deep

in Attacking, Midfield

Combination play between the midfield and a team’s forward line is a vital link in the move to score a goal. If the link breaks down no goals will be scored MORE

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