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[Exposed] Why Brazil Collapsed at World Cup 2014

What a great World Cup! I have to admit it was one of the most entertaining one’s I’ve seen in my lifetime. Even with the historic collapse of my sacred Brazil squad. While the tournament was going on, I was watching strictly as a fan. As a fan I wasn’t able to really ascertain why [...]

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How to Coach Different Ability Levels on the Same Team

I am currently coaching three youth teams all under the age of 9…a Boys and Girls U8 team and a Girls U9 team… With all three teams there is a very diverse range of soccer ability…It is my philosophy and belief that each team needs impact players, role players and developmental players…the mixture of this [...]

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Uncovering a Developmental Saboteur in Youth Soccer

All I can say is Amen to Christian Lavers…He is the President of the ECNL, Exec VP of US Club Soccer a Director of a Youth Club and a Women’s professional coach… It’s about time someone a bit higher on the US Soccer food chain had the balls to say what I have been preaching [...]

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Soccer is an Academic Endeavor, Not Merely a Sport

The more I coach, the more I learn…the more creative I get…the more innovative my coaching’s become… Right now I am really in the trenches trying to figure out this youth development conundrum…and believe me, it isn’t easy… I have a U9 girls team, a U8 boys team and an U8 girls team that I [...]

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Private Soccer Training – Helpful or Hurtful

I want you to take a look at the clip below…Now I’m not going to talk bad about this…What I am going to do is just break it down from a more global standpoint and tell you the problems I have with it…   Now, before we go any further, please understand this…I am all [...]

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Are You Ever Going to Teach These Kids Technique?

So just this week I had a coach observing my U9 Girls training session… I opened the session like I do most of the time with a coordination exercise…some basic running and jumping with changes of direction… From there I broke them off into small groups to work on a possession support drill with the [...]

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Practice What You Preach

Today I will officially move one of my U9 girls back down to her age group at U8. Why? Because it is the right thing to do for her development.  She will be able to excel and grow at a much faster rate with her own age group, while still learning and playing under my [...]

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Where I Start with My Young Teams

So I just started training some of the new girls on my U8 going U9 team.  I’m pretty excited because at first glance I have quite a bit of talent. Now when I say talent, at this stage all I am really looking for are coordinated girls with athleticism, a good attitude and supportive parents. [...]

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[Coach Randle] Day 1 in Barcelona

So I just finished my first day here in Spain…What a great experience!…It’s good to go to a place where I don’t get beat up and ridiculed for the way I train…a place that understands me…or shall I say, a place that I understand… It’s funny…here we have coaches from Finland, Poland, Estonia, Spain and [...]

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The Ultimate Prize!

Let’s face it…when it comes to female soccer here in the United States the “eye on the prize” is still College Soccer…getting them that free ride so that they go to college on the Universities dime… Since the rest of the world has yet to put in female soccer academies with the success and infrastructure [...]

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