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Being a soccer coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular soccer skill, run a soccer drill, or set up a formation. The soccer coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.

Late runs into the box

in Email newsletters, Tactics

Getting players to time their runs into the penalty area should be a key part of your attacking strategy when you are working with your team. If you are planning what you are going to do when you get back on the training pitch this should be in your plans. It catches opponents out –... MORE

Ask your players: Why is Aguero so successful?

in Blog, Shooting

One way to give your players something to do in this forced break from sport is to get them to pick a player and tell you in their own words why that player is so great. And see if they can name an instance where the player showed his skills that resulted in a goal. MORE

Coach, I can’t do that!

in Blog

Watching one of the guys who works with the Soccer Coach Weekly team every morning as he parks his car got me thinking about coaching and how opportunity and practice are vital to any set of skills a person has. MORE

Throw for broke

in Set pieces, Small Sided Games

A long throw when teams are in the attacking third of the pitch can be as effective as a corner kick or a free-kick. Use this session to identify a couple of players who can perfect the technique. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. Set up an area 30 x 20... MORE

Good behaviour on match day

In praise of parents

in Blog, Team Management

Sometimes I can’t believe the amount of work that goes into running a youth soccer team – you have to admire the way mums and dads go the extra mile to help their children live the dream. MORE

I use Rondos every session

in Email newsletters, Rondos

When I am planning my coaching sessions or thinking about warm ups before a match I always start by planning in a Rondo. It is a great way to get players ready for training or for a match – and they never complain about doing it because they love it. MORE

The manager is only giving the subs 10-15 minutes – is this acceptable?

Solve your subs dilemmas

in Email newsletters, Team Management

Who is going to be substitute? It is a problem that affects every single coach or manager in the game at every level. How often do we see on our TV screens close ups of a Premier League player looking unhappy sitting on the bench with a whole studio of experts dumbfounded as to why he is on it. MORE

Attackers press in transition

in Email newsletters, Tactics

When it comes to winning the ball back attackers, who are mainly there to score goals, are as central to the plan as any defensive player on the pitch. It is their job to win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible, gaining possession in dangerous areas where the opposition are most vulnerable. MORE

The glory of winning

in Blog, Psychology

There is a glory in winning that should be embraced by both the winner and the loser. When we lose we should congratulate our opponents and think about our own glories and what we did during the game, because although winning is important it’s not always a true measure of how your players have performed as a team. MORE

Why you should practice set-pieces

in Email newsletters, Set pieces

It is important that players are prepared for all the set-pieces in a game as these can become troublesome areas for young players to cope with. After all these moments happen a lot in matches and players must grow their confidence in dealing with them. MORE


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