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Futsal Leagues, Tourneys, and Training Options

Should we play Futsal or indoor soccer? Our coaches get asked this a lot, and the answer is that we prefer Futsal over soccer-with-walls. If you’re new to Futsal, it’s played on a basketball court with a slightly smaller and

Posted in Club, Training Topics

Is Training Mandatory?

Parents sometimes ask me, is the ___ training session mandatory? (They probably think it’s a yes or no question.) Let me first share a few less-complex questions: Are players expected to attend all their team’s training sessions? Yes. If a player

Posted in Club, Coaches, Motivation, Parents, Players, Psychology, Training Topics

Achieving fitness and good behavior without running laps

“No laps, no lines, no lectures.” US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Warming up, wihout running laps A recent soccer coaching clinic started with a demonstration of two kinds of warm-ups: one group ran a lap around the perimeter of the complex the

Posted in Coaching Techniques, Training Topics

US Soccer Player Numbering System

This year, coming down from US Soccer, we’re teaching players the US Soccer Player Numbering System. You can see the players and positions from the graphic below. Read more…

Posted in Club, Coaches, Training Topics, Youth Program

Who’s your #10?

Did you ever wonder why the #10 is so popular in soccer? To answer this question, we have to take a step back and look at what numbers on a soccer team originally meant. Each player on the field was traditionally identified

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Combination passing and movement off the ball

This week’s topic is a progression on attacking using combinations (wall passes) and movement off the ball (overlaps). U7-U10 Session Plan (intro to passing/possession) U11-U14 Session Plan (attacking combinations and movement off the ball) Other items to work on this week: Quick restarts

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