Archive | May, 2012

What Makes a Great Striker?

What Makes a Great Striker Before diving into this soccer training, lets start by asking this question: How many of you watched the South American U20 Soccer Championships in February or even the Brazil National Team Game against Scotland in March? If you had you would be aware of a 19 year old striker from [...]

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Let the Game be the Teacher

Youth Soccer Training:  Let the Game be the Teacher The other day I was speaking to a friend of mine about youth development here in the United States and he said something very profound to me. Mind you, this is not your ordinary soccer junkie, this guy is still playing professionally in the MLS and [...]

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Soccer Training Cycle for Coaches, Kids and Parents

Where to Start as a Parent or Coach with your Kids How about it depends?  Well what does it depend on?  The big driver is the age of the kids. It is my belief–and that of many of the top academies across the world–that there is a developmental time in children’s soccer lives where they [...]

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Jimmy Conrad Interview: Youth Soccer Training in America

Jimmy Conrad Interview: Youth Soccer Training in America I reached out to my buddy, Jimmy Conrad, on his view of soccer in America. Jimmy played with me at San Diego State University, and went on to play in the 2006 World Cup for the US National Team.  He now plays for Chivas USA in the [...]

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Plan and Create Proper Youth Soccer Training Sessions

Plan and Create Proper Youth Soccer Training Sessions When we are developing our youth soccer training sessions there are a number of things we need to take into consideration.  But before we do that, we need to understand the “WHY” behind creating soccer training sessions. The main reason we need to create soccer training sessions [...]

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Soccer Passing Drill: Inside Of The Foot Passing/Trapping

Soccer Passing Drills A very basic, yet effective passing and trapping drill is pictured below.  The great thing about passing is that someone has to receive so you can kill two birds with one stone.  I advocate this type of training to be done on your own with a wall or friend.  I do not [...]

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Why Big Game Soccer Training Doesn’t Work

Why Big Game Soccer Training Doesn’t Work So I was watching a Serie A match the other day on TV. For those of you that don’t know what the Serie A is, it is the top Professional League over in Italy.  It happened to be a Classico between Inter Milan and AC Milan.  Those two [...]

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