Start With the End in Mind

Any instructional program for a youth soccer player must meet the athlete’s needs in two FUNdamental respects: 1. The player must have the opportunity to learn The Game in a manner that enables continued enjoyment of soccer for as long as they wish to play.  This includes: Developing a solid foundation in the game’s skills, […]

For Coaches to Consider

Here are some thoughts you should consider as you plan a training session: Make a plan and write it down.  Carry it on the field with you and use it as a guide.  Do not “Wing It”! Instead of running to promote fitness, use small-sided games.  You will increase fitness, technique and tactics with SSG!!! […]

ARE Soccer ‘SYSTEMS of PLAY’ OUTDATED?

Before the pandemic, many soccer coaches were convinced that a specific ‘System of Play’ was the secret recipe that would guarantee victory and success. Are you still one of them? If you are a ‘Systems-Supporter,’ then you may want to heed the advice of some very successful coaches who believe that soccer cannot be evaluated […]

Coaching from Strength

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I just finished the summer “College ID Camps” circuit.  I saw hundreds of players who want to play in college and talked to scores of coaches.  One topic repeatedly came up with the college coaches…the lack of intensity of the players.  When the players were tired they stopped running; when it was hot they stopped […]

The Motivation Enigma

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At one time or another every coach has faced the Motivation Enigma!!   Why do these kids play?  What makes them tick?  How can I get them to play at a higher level?  Why don’t they want to get better?  Why can’t we be consistent?   These questions and more are asked on soccer fields across America […]

Intensity

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I just finished the summer “College ID Camps” circuit.  I saw hundreds of players who want to play in college and talked to scores of coaches.  One topic repeatedly came up with the college coaches…the lack of intensity of the players.  When the players were tired they stopped running; when it was hot they stopped […]

Burnout Ahead?

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Burnout Ahead? The headline in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch read, “Top soccer players don’t have time to kick back.” The story documented the summer of a number of Central Ohio soccer players, both boys and girls. All told of the time commitment youth soccer requires. • Brandon Lacko, a senior at Westerville South High School: […]

Does Experience Matter?

 by  Dr. Jay Martin, Editor NSCAA Soccer Journal What went right? What went wrong? How could I have done better? Those of us involved in sport talk about “experience” all the time. Soccer players (and coaches) who have been in the game a long time have “experience”. Players and coaches who have played in a […]

Communicating With Players in Practice at Games or Just in Passing

submitted by  Dr. Jay Martin, Editor NSCAA Soccer Journal Written By George Perry III Former NSCAA President Would you want someone to tell you what to do every step of the way? I am fortunate to have a job allowing me to watch lots of soccer.  The players range in age from 7 to 18.  […]