National Soccer Coaches Association of Canada (Presents)

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Behind the Bench International Webinar Welcome to our thirtieth episode of ‘Behind the Bench,’ where we talk about the ins and outs of our beautiful game in Canada from a coaching perspective. This episode of Behind the Bench is hosted by the Vice President of the NSCAC, Valerio Rocca. Join us on this week’s episode […]

OUCH!

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OUCH! When it comes to getting stepped on by these new shoes, I can tell you that it really hurts. I was coaching a U8 (That’s Under- 8 years old) team a few years ago, and I was wearing a new light-weight turf shoe. A kid accidentally stepped on my foot with his bladed sole. […]

Nutty Parents?

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The crowd of 50 or 60, which seemed like thousands to these 4-year-olds, cheered at every opportunity and shouted words of encouragement. When I focused on them it was hard to imagine grown adults looking so foolish. It was certainly just as enjoyable as the game. As one player finally caught up with the ball, […]

Missed Penalty Kicks by Superstars and the Stress on Coaches

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It was the 2016 MLS Cup Final and the game went to penalty kicks. Michael Bradley, the captain and arguably the best player on the field over 120 minutes for Toronto FC, stepped up to take his penalty shot. He missed. Stefan Frei, the goalkeeper and arguably the best player on the field over 120 […]

A Brilliant New Strategy to Use by Youth Coaches (NOT!)

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It’s game day and the players are restless all day long. In most cases it’s because the day seems so long especially when it ends with a soccer game. The game is not foremost on their minds so there is no need to get all worked up so early about it. In fact, when the […]

The Secrets to Scoring Goals

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The Secrets to Scoring Goals Well as the title suggests, I can’t tell you much more because if I do the secret to scoring goals would no longer be a secret. I can tell you that knowing how to kick a ball properly to shoot is important but my session was not about the ordinary. […]

Player Development Starts at the Socks

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Player Development Starts at the Socks Have you ever watched the best players in the world and wondered: how did they do that? They perform a brilliant pass, finding a player in the open while being under extreme pressure. Or they score a brilliant goal and it seemed as if the player knew where everything […]

Yellow Shoes

by  John DeBenedictis Another World Cup has come to an end and the number of goals scored in the competition is down again. Since 1998, when they allowed 32 teams in the finals, the number of goals scored has dropped steadily. In 1998 there were 171 goals scored in 64 games. In 2002, it went down […]

Are Coaches Being Glorified?

by John DeBenedictis Question: I do not score goals, run for touchdowns or make baskets: I do not make passes, receive passes or make errant passes: I do not stop goals, make tackles or cover the opposition: I do not dribble, or stick handle around opponents: and I do not sacrifice my body physically for […]