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Pre-season focus on goalkeeping

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping, Pre-season

Goalkeepers may not cover the whole pitch during a game, or sprint or dash back to cover a counter-attack, but they still need to be fit. Fitness throughout the season is imperative, so putting in the hard yards during pre-season is vital. Here are 6 ways to help your goalkeeper get back into shape for... MORE

Barcelona Rondo

Why rondos are perfect for pre-season

in Email newsletters, Pre-season, Warm Ups

Everything you want from pre-season training is to be found in rondo. It makes for a simple session that works on every aspect of a player’s game: technique, tactics, physical and psychological. Rondo works especially well for pre-season training because players are immediately concentrating on the game – no-one wants to make an error and... MORE

5 tips for defending the long ball

in Defending, Email newsletters, Tactics

The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE

U9 dribble the ball 5 yards and turn activity - part 1

5 ways to improve turning with the ball

in Ball Control and Footwork, Email newsletters, Turning

For improving players, turning with the ball while keeping it under control is an important development phase. Key to this are practising different turning techniques and developing spatial awareness (knowing when and where to turn). Here are five great drills and activities that will help your players keep control when they are turning with the ball.... MORE

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6 ways to score from close range

in Email newsletters, Shooting

In youth soccer, a high proportion of goals come from close range – so finding space in the area to get a shot away or convert a cross is a vital skill. Scoring from close range is based on instinct but there are key skills, such as picking up a position where defenders can’t see... MORE

How to prepare for tournament success

in Email newsletters, Team Management

Soccer tournaments test both your coaching ability and your player management skills so you must go into them prepared. Here are six sessions, a combination of activities and advice, that will help you. Tournament matches come thick and fast and you want players to be fit and ready. Try small-sided games such as Score one touch,... MORE


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