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Unleash Your Players’ Potential: World Cup Activities for Their Development

Here are our FUNdamental SOCCER ideas for players to implement while watching the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup games from July 20 to August 19. Coaches can consider assigning these activities to their players, as they provide a great opportunity to learn and improve by observing the best players in the world.  Materials needed: Marking […]

NO NEED TO RE-INVENT THE WHEEL

Youth development programs in Belgium, Croatia, and the USA have many things in common. Here is a breakdown of how coaches from each country use similar tools that lead to success. Belgium: Kris Van der Haege – Director of Coach Education Croatia: Martin Novoselac – Youth Football Developer USA: Karl Dewazien – FUNdamental SOCCER  Belgium: One of the main principles is that the main actor is […]

Watch With a Purpose

Presenting FUNdamental SOCCER ideas for you to consider and assign your players to complete when watching WC games! Need:  Marking pen and sheets of paper.  Drawing a soccer field on the sheets is helpful. Assignment:  Observe A Particular Player Instructions: Jot down the plus (+) mark for every Pass when possession is Retained.Jot down the […]

Getting Ready for the 2022 Season

Establish a ‘Pre-Practice Ritual.’ For yourself and the players as they arrive at the practice site. PLAYERS:                                                        COACH: -Greet the coach and report any injuries              -Arrive early to check weather & field conditions -Greet teammates and Socialize with them.         -Greet the players and check for injuries -Check your equipment.                                     -Check players’ equipment -Juggle and […]

Words Communicate More Than Information

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but well-spoken words will serve to heal and teach me.”  Peter Fox How often have your players come to you during a practice session and asked, “Coach, can we please do the following soccer drill?” vs. Having them come to you and ask,” Coach, when are we going […]

COMMENTS FROM READERS

Why aren’t our youngsters playing soccer whenever and wherever possible? “A Sign of the Times,” Alcwyn Elliott.    Well,  School banned it at recess for a couple of years… So there’s that. Inga Rachelle Why did they ban it? My son and his friends look forward to playing soccer at recess every day. Russ Converse […]

Becoming Better Youth Soccer Coaches, Parents, and Participants

There is nothing more vital than having FAITH in each other and having FAITH that things will turn out right. Everything must turn out right because, ‘The outcome of our children’s health is infinitely more important; than the outcome of any game/practice that may be canceled!’ Have FAITH this season … Coaches: Fundamentals – Ingrain the following Attacking habits … Read the Game Be […]

Stimulating Soccer

Kids playing soccer

A National Alliance for Youth Sports resource helping coaches, parents, and administrators provide the best youth sports experiences for children. A massive group of people will occupy one side of the field as opposed to the handful of individuals who will be found on the opposite side. It will be difficult to tell if the […]