Category: Soccer

Start Playing Soccer

Soccer is a game that involves lots of skill. Not just footwork or ball control, but also being mentally prepared and willing to do your best. Some of those skills include:

  • Rules – understanding the rules of the game is the most important thing before playing it. The knowledge of what is right or wrong is the key to the success in soccer. It is a game where details matter a lot.
  • Ball control – first thing to be noticed is if you are good in controlling the ball. Even though a player has a great skill in dealing with the ball, practice is always needed to maintain and improve them. If a player lacks from those skills, then definitely practice is much more required with much harder work. The manipulation of the ball is a hard skill and is not fast to learn, it takes a long time to
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Laced Soccer Shoes

When tying laces on children soccer shoes, the traditional criss-cross lacing pattern is best. The laces should be tight enough to keep the show in place, but not too tight to make the fit uncomfortable.

A traditional bow-knot should finish off the lacing at the top and the ends of the bows tied again to create some sort of granny knot.

It is important to choose laces that are long enough to allow double knotting, but not too long that a lot of bulk is left to flap around or even get caught under the shoe sole once tied. It is best for parents to tie their children’s shoe laces until they are in a position to tie them properly.

They should be able to tie the laces by themselves with the criss-cross still being the best pattern. The lace should be threaded underneath both eyelets nearest to shoe toe … Read the rest


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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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


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


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.

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Soccer Attacking

Penetration

  • look to go forward past opposing players by shooting, dribbling, running, passing
  • always try to score (if you can’t score look to make a pass – if a pass isn’t possible look to advance the ball by dribbling or running)

Depth/Support

  • support teammates by providing communication, creating passing options and opportunities for playing the ball forward, and creating numerical superiority (get open with good angle and distance of support, get goal-side etc.)
  • help the ball carrier by moving to a position where you can either receive a pass or draw opponents away from an area the ball carrier is running into
  • provide all around support and options for the ball carrier for both forward
  • spread out in all directions and stretch out opposition (unbalance defense) and safe backward passes
  • look to combine (wall pass, overlap runs, take overs etc.)
  • use supporting players to change point of attack

Mobility

  • create
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Threat from Online Soccer Games

But this sport is facing some competition. Not from the other rival sports but online games. The kids these days are more inclined towards online soccer rather than the field soccer. It’s an alarming situation. Being excessively glued to online games have made them physically inactive and lot of them are suffering from pains in thumb, wrists, joints, back and neck. Same applies to the working executives who have long back moved from the field sports to stick to a computer and sedentary lifestyle. A game of soccer is your perfect prescription to get your body a good dosage of an exercise right from your head to toe. We know you did love playing the game and this is the right time to revisit the field by joining some soccer academy.

Soccer Academies are Waiting for You

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