Author: <span class="vcard">John Corleone</span>

Becoming Better Soccer Coach

A very good soccer coach knows his team members well. This is one of the key concepts of coaching. If a coach is not familiar with his team members’ attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses, he would not be able to know what position each should play or what tactic he should use to win a match. It is highly important for soccer coaches to develop a friendly and relatively close relationship with his team members; this makes him learn about the aspects in which a member can improve himself and help him do so. In addition to these, soccer practice will always be enjoyable, since team members will not feel awkward while performing soccer drills.

Another thing to do to become a better soccer coach is to improvise a variety of soccer drills, for players to enjoy and like what they are doing. Soccer players tend to lose their interest and

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Points to Choose Sport for Kid

In the world-of sports there are so many choices and for each sport there is the best state-of-the-art equipment and if you really think about this, then this question should really not be so difficult to answer.

All of a sudden you realise that you have never paid attention to that side of your child’s training and you also don’t really know. What answer do you give to your child?
This was the question that I was confronted with many years ago and to be honest, I never thought of this before that day.

Of course, what immediately came to my mind was: Which sport in the world makes the most money! But is that really what matters?
We then had a discussion on the pros and cons of each sport which was played in the neighbourhood of course.

Many big-name sporting champions have their off-spring doing the same type … Read the rest

Soccer Coaching Philosophy

Coaching objective(s) might consist of improving your win/loss record, displaying considerable individual and team progress, creating enjoyment for your players, or simply helping your players to be good competitors. Your success then could be measured simply by the amount of players you bring into the program, your players’ passion for the game of soccer, the progress your team demonstrates throughout the season, and the level of parental and community awareness and support you create for your club. In my opinion, winning the vast majority of your games does not automatically indicate you are a great leader or role model for your players.

A coaching style is made up of a blend of individual values, goals and principles. Believe it or not, a large number of coaches understand in their mind what exactly their own philosophies are, however, ask them to share this knowledge and they find it challenging to do. … Read the rest

Learning Golf Chipping

  1. First lesson. Calculate the distance as accurately as you can from where your ball is to the front of the green. That done, you must decide what loft you want on the trajectory to land the ball where you want it. This means choosing the correct fairway iron to give you the loft and the distance required. For the distance mentioned above most golfers may use a sand wedge, or a seven iron.
  2. Lesson two. When you are at your ball and start to take a few practice swings, do not swing the club over your ball, instead imagine a ball just a few inches to the right of it and make your swings at that position checking that your grip is sufficient, and it will not move or twist.
  3. Lesson three. When you are ready to take your shot, make sure you address the ball with the center of
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Closer Look at Medals

  • The medal reminds the winner of the victory they have striven for. Years after the event has passed, just looking at the award will remind the athletes of the victory they had and how it felt.
  • Medals or trophies can help to remind the athlete of their victory; it can also serve as a powerful motivator for them to continue with their efforts to continue their winning ways.
  • It will also help to portray the athlete in a positive light to those who may not know the athlete well, yet. If they are meeting the athlete for the first time, and they see that the athletes has distinguished themselves in such a way, it can garner a positive reaction.

With so many different types of advantages, you can imagine that these types of recognition awards are not just limited to the field of athletics. You will find that many awards … Read the rest

Soccer Drills

In very broad terms the art of playing soccer could be boiled down to:

  1. Technical skills, such as passing, dribbling, shooting etc.
  2. Physical conditioning, involving exercises for speed, endurance, injury prevention etc.
  3. Soccer vision training, like understanding what’s going on and developing “an eye for the game”.

Especially in youth soccer the main focus should naturally be on the first mentioned aspect. The world famous Coerver coaching method depicts this foundational aspect of soccer training as a pyramid.

Starting from the bottom of the pyramid they include:

  • Ball mastery
  • Receiving and passing
  • Moves (one on one)
  • Speed
  • Finishing
  • Group attack

This is a very useful approach, where you go from practicing skills on an individual level to gradually involving more and more players. It is also makes for a very good infographic, as it clearly demonstrates how ball control skills are the foundation of everything. And it is a natural … Read the rest

About Taunting in Sports

We’ve all heard about the angry parents who taunt the referees at their kids’ sporting matches, sometimes going so far as resorting to violence. And as the athletes get older, taunting can get worse. At the very least it’s poor sportsmanship, and the fact that when adrenaline is flowing things can escalate quickly. So what part of taunting, if any, is acceptable in college and professional sports?

A seemingly innocent form of taunting, excessive celebrating, has been cracked down on and penalties can be enforced during college and professional football games. Touchdown dances, football players doing a flip after their success, jumping into the stands after a score; all of these are actionable offenses and sometimes can cause the team whose player committed these actions to lose the points scored before the excessive celebration took place.

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Effective Soccer Conditioning Skills

Strength training is a key element of soccer conditioning, as it helps prepare your muscles for a fast-paced ninety minutes. Soccer can be physically demanding, and requires a great deal of both upper and lower body strength.

When you’re dribbling the ball, and an opponent tries to tackle you, you need to be strong enough to brush them off and keep going. There are also times when you need to be explosive so that you can outrun your opponents.

Here are a few strength conditioning exercises:

  • Squats
    Great for building muscle in your legs and glutes, squats should be an important part of your soccer training sessions. Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart. Stick your butt out slightly, keep your spine straight, and slowly lower yourself until your knees are just past a 90 degree angle. Then slowly bring yourself back into the starting position.
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Soccer Drills for Young Players

  • Pirate Treasure – This game is also a drill that teaches children skills at both dribbling the ball and accuracy at shooting. Half the team is the pirates guarding the treasure and the other half of the team are trying to get to the treasure. This treasure is cones that are placed at one end of the pitch. One player battles two defenders and attempts to dribble past them. When the knock down the cones, they get a point for their “treasure”.
  • Defending the Dribble – Using cones, set up a perimeter in the middle of the pitch by placing four cones equidistant from each other. The team should be divided into two groups with each wearing different colors. One color plays offense and the other plays defense. One player from defense is in the middle of the perimeter to attempt to steal the ball from the offensive player who
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Building Your Own Soccer Goal

Materials needed (most if not all of these can be purchased at your local hardware store): First, you need a post hole digger to dig holes deep enough to place your goal-posts in. Next, you will need two 4×4 vertical bars and one 2×4 cross bar. Other miscellaneous materials that would be helpful include: a staple gun, tape measure, nails, cement mixture, a net, and a string to tie the net onto the bars. For your bars, you can use PVC, aluminum, or steel tubing (I think PVC is the best because it is the easiest to work with).

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the dimensions of a full-sized match play goal must be 24×8 feet, so take this into consideration when purchasing your materials and constructing your goal.

WARNING: I suggest that you do not use home-made goals if your child plays on … Read the rest