The Power of “Team Building Exercises”

Parents and Coaches, I believe that one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal as coaches are “Team Building Exercises”. However, 99% of youth soccer coaches never utilize or incorporate it into their scheme. I will list some of the benefits of “Team Building Exercises” below: Kids love it and have fun [...]

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[Video] Do Americans Really Love Soccer?

Take a look at this Documentary done by two ex- American Collegiate Soccer Players… These two individuals decided to tour the world and see exactly what it meant across the globe to really “Love this Game”… We aren’t talking about people playing on pristine fields…we are talking about prisoners, lower class families and even everyday [...]

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Coach Randle Loses a Talented Player

So, as the old saying goes, you can make some of the people happy some of the time but you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time… That rang true for me this week…this week I lost one of my most gifted players on my girls U9 team…and it basically came [...]

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Detach the Emotion from the Game

Coaching my U8 boys team has really taken me to a new level as a coach.  It has taught me how to detach myself from the boys and the game, and solely focus on the development…. With my girls it has always been different…I have been emotionally wrapped into them which has secretly wanted me [...]

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Kimmie Zeffert Concussion

The Hidden Dangers in Soccer

Parents and Coaches, Please read this carefully! This is an article regarding girl’s soccer and the epidemic of concussions that are starting to plague it. I cringe many times when I see youth coaches practicing heading drills at 8, 9 and 10 years old in their trainings.  Heading is a specialized skill in soccer and [...]

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Putting it all in perspective

So yesterday my U9 girls had their 14 game win streak snapped… That was a series of 4 tournaments…a second place, 2 first places, and a quarter-final loss… Now, as you know, I don’t even value the wins or even the competitions… My point here is to demonstrate that my philosophy of never sacrificing development [...]

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Enio Faria and Coach Randle

[EGOS] The Death of American Soccer

I will say this time and time again.  American soccer coaches, especially youth soccer coaches, have no business carrying around huge ego’s.  Yet and still, American Coaches have the biggest ego’s on planet earth. Go figure. Winning at the youth levels is NOT development so don’t get the two mixed up.  You can have both, [...]

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Possession Soccer at U9: Is it Possible?

So I am often asked by skeptics if possession soccer can be executed by 9 year olds? My answer to this is a resounding YES! But here is the deal, you can’t just throw a group of 9 year olds on the field and expect them to knock the ball around on day 1.  It [...]

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Another Coach Bites the Dust

Well those of you that really know me, know that I don’t sacrifice development for winning with my young players.  There are moments of the season where we are focused on being as competitive as we can be while others where we are strictly developmental, but we will never sacrifice their development for a stupid [...]

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Youth Soccer Training: 10 Month Academy?

Is a 10 Month Academy Season the Right Move? The following article is based on my personal opinion on an article written by www.TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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