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Coaching Soccer

Get the tools to coach the world's most popular sport

Coaching soccer is one of those sports that not only requires individual skills but really involves that intangible quality of "awareness". The challenge for those of you coaching soccer comes having players take their individual skills and putting them together with the awareness of their teammates at game speed with an opponent challenging every one of those skills.

Soccer is a great team sport. When the team comes first everyone supports everyone else on offense and defense. While all the great soccer teams have great individual players they by themselves do not generally win a championship.

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Receiving a Pass

The basic pass patterns

Shooting

Ball Control

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Six Fundamental Skills: Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, trapping, heading, and defensive positioning

Coaching Soccer: Dribbling Fundamentals

Just as in basketball movement up the soccer field relies on dribbling and passing. A person coaching soccer who has exceptional dribblers automatically has an offensive weapon. In soccer everyone needs to be able to dribble a ball well, but especially the forwards. They are like the guards in basketball.

As the great forwards dribble past defenders and get in position for a shot fans, and all those coaching soccer, shake their head in awe. Instinctively everyone realize the skill involved and cheers (even from the opposing team's fans) arise whenever a player manages to perform a spectacular dribble.



It is important for those coaching soccer emphasize to their young players that dribbling in soccer does not have to be spectacular. A successful soccer dribble doesn't always mean a double spin, or a flipover trademarked by the Brazilian soccer school.

Most often in a game the most fundamentally sound and simple dribble moves will lead to that key goal or key assist. For example, when a player receives the ball and simply traps it avoiding the defender's tackle, he managed to take out his direct opponent with a short, effective dribble that isn't necessarily spectacular, but one that managed to create offensive superiority. Here we will discuss the basics of the soccer dribble that everyone coaching soccer will want their players to be able to do.

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Coaching Soccer: Fundaments of Soccer Dribbling

The Angle – the way you position yourself when you have the ball opens up (or closes) dribbling opportunities. The easiest way to dribble is by moving parallel to the goal lines, which allows you to get some space and helps to protect from a defender's tackle. You don't actually create offensive superiority with this type of side-ways soccer dribble, but it does open up several passing opportunities and maybe even a shot and passing or shooting opportunities is what those coaching soccer want to create.

Luring Opponents – a soccer dribble is efficient against both zone and man to man defenses, considering the way you can destabilize both of these defenses.
 
Coaching soccer requires designing defenses and creating offenses to counter the defense. There are two type of defenses: zone and man-to-man. Zone defenses require one defender to cover a specific zone of the pitch (central left area, central right area, etc), so if you manage to get by one defender with a dribble, another one will have to leave his zone and cover you. This can easily throw an entire defense into disarray. Same principle applies for man-to-man defenses, with the addition that these are even easier to confuse with a well timed dribble.

Dribbling Technique – Coaching soccer uses tactics but a team can employ tactics only to a point. After that it is the player's own creativity and inspiration that comes into play. Therefore, the dribbling technique you will use will be based on your skills and your skills alone. There are basic types of dribbles, which will act as the foundation to create your own personal dribbling technique.

Types of Dribbles

The Angle Creator – The Angle Creator dribble is a quick burst move where you move the ball slightly sideways when facing an opponent, in order to clear an angle for a pass or a shot. With the Angle Creator, you do take the defender out of play for a second or two, which is your window of opportunity to pass or shoot.

The Scissors – The scissors dribble involves moving one foot over the ball in a quick motion, allowing your entire body weight to press on this foot, then immediately cutting the ball with the outside of your other foot and accelerating. In order for it to be effective, the scissors dribble must be done quickly and it's usually more efficient against defenders that stay "on guard", rather than a defender that attacks.


Once you've mastered the scissors move, you can try practicing with the double scissors soccer dribble, which involves two faking motions over the ball.

 
The Fake Kick – This is one of the most effective dribbles in soccer when you're near the enemy penalty box. I'm sure you've all seen it: the attacker fakes a shot, making the defender jump or attacks him to try to block the would-be shot, but instead of actually releasing the shot the attacker stops the initial move and cuts the ball past the defender and accelerates.

You need to use your body to make the initial fake shot more believable. For example, you can use your hands to better sell the fake shot. This should be one of the first moves to try and master. If you've seen the "best goal in the history of soccer" scored by Maradona against England in the 1986 World Cup, he uses a quick fake kick to trick the goalkeeper into throwing himself on the ground, then dribbles him and pushes the ball in the net.


The Lunge – One of the basic one-on-one soccer dribbles that every player should start with. The lunge is all about using your body to trick the defender into thinking you're going one way or the other. Simply take a small sideways jump around the ball, pushing your shoulder and your entire body on the weight-bearing foot, and then bring the ball in the opposite direction, with your other foot.

It's like the scissor dribble, but without faking a stepover of the ball. The ball should roll gently forward during this trick but you shouldn't really touch it during the dribble. The secret is all in the body movement to fake the defender, then you redirect the ball away from the defender.


The double lunge  - This move is exactly what it says it is. You simply do the lunge in one direction and then the opposite to completely get your defender off balance. The ball goes in the direction of your first lunge move.

Practicing Your Soccer Dribbling Skills

For the person coaching soccer you will want to encourage your players to practice dribbling on their own. Yes, time during your practice sessions are important, but it is one skill that all you coaching soccer can have your players learn to do by practicing on their time.

These are just a few examples of dribbling in soccer, but there are obviously a lot more that you can practice and use. Some of these dribbles will come in naturally in a match. Remember, in a match no defender will give you the time to think out what dribble to use. You can prepare by practicing each of these dribbles by yourself and visualizing all the different senarios you could use it. This individual "alone" practice time is vital for your long-term soccer succes.

If you do have a friend, sibling, or parent who you train with all the better. You can use them to learn how a defender reacts to your soccer dribble. Grab a friend and take turns in dribbling: this way you will improve the way you counter dribbles as well and you'll also learn to think like a defender, which improves the way you set up your dribbles.

There's really no "I can't do that" when it comes to soccer dribbling skills.  With enough practice you can basically copy off any dribbling you try. It's just like practicing ball juggling tricks: you'll fail miserably at first, but after enough practice you'll get the moves down perfectly and you'll be wondering how come you couldn't do them at first.

Coaching soccer: Great Dribbling - A montage


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Coaching soccer: Passing

Passing the soccer ball is essential for a well functioning offensive team. Passing well requires both a player with good technique so he or she passes the ball accurately with the perfect speed. Most players, when they receive the ball, will think about passing to an open team-mate. Good soccer passing requires good technique and involves making the right decision at the right time.

When coaching soccer teams you will need to teach how to receive a ball. Good passing requires teammates who are in good position to receive the pass, control the ball well, and know how move to open areas on the court or use their body to gain position on the defender and be able to receive a pass.

Coaching Soccer Passing Tips

Timing a pass perfectly is crucial. Even if a pass is executed perfectly, it can go wrong if it is made too soon or too late. Timing is a responsibility shared by both receiver and passer. The receiver must make himself available to receive a pass and the player with the ball must time the pass precisely. The person coaching soccer must give your team time to practice their timing with each other.
  1. Learn to see the whole field by having your head up and eyes defocused - looking down field

  2. Always looks up for support and know where your team-mates are before making a pass. Always keep your calm and never panic.

  3. Pass to the spot your teammate can protect the ball from a defender if he is stationary

  4. Many passes are made to the open spot where you teammate will be - lead the receiver.

  5. Master all types of passes

  6. Practice with your teammates so you can get to know their speed and "read their thoughts"
Coaching Soccer: passing techniques

The side foot pass is the most common and easiest pass to perform. It is highly effective and very accurate. It is generally used for shorter passes.
  1. The non-striking foot should be even with the ball. Kick the ball with the inside of your other foot. Follow through in the direction you want the ball to travel.

  2. Try to hit the ball through the center.

  3. Keep the ball on the ground as long as possible. This is usually quite hard to do when hitting the ball with pace so don't worry about it too much if the bal gets a little bit of air.

  4. Make sure to hit the ball with the large area at the side of your foot in the intended direction.

Coaching Soccer: the long pass

The long pass is when a player knocks the ball into the air over their opponents heads and to their team-mate. Long passes usually cover greater distances than the side-footed pass. It is ideal for counter attacking, catching the defence off gaurd and switching sides of play. All of you coaching soccer will want your players to develop this skill.

To perform a long pass:
  1. try to strike the ball with your instep. Strike from the bottom of the ball upwards, this will send the ball flying through the air.

  2. Hit the ball lower and get your foot right under the ball.

  3. Follow through to generate the power for the long pass.

  4. Direct the ball to the open area where you expect your teammate to be. The longer the pass the harder it is to keep control of the ball. You really need to know your teammates and develop a good feel for your leg strength.

  5. Defenders will most like close you down quickly when they see you attempting this kind of pass so creating room for yourself before making the pass is always a good start.

  6. As always, be calm, confident and watch for runs from team-mates. Keep an eye on the oposing teams defenders as well. If they are not ready to intercept the long pass, it makes it that much easier to complete the pass.


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Coaching Soccer: the basic pass patterns

As in basketball and hockey the two most basic pass patterns in soccer are the give-and-go and the through pass. The give-and-go the soccer player will use the side foot pass to pass to a teammate. The passer then immediately breaks to an open spot past his defender in anticipation of an immediate return pass from his teammate.

If you are coaching soccer you must have your players practice this most basic play. It will lead to great offensive opportunities at any level.


The through pass is done when the ball-handler sees his teammate begining a run to an open area and delivers a pass to that area. Great passers see these opportunities and their teammates understand how to get into good receiving position. A person who is good at coaching soccer will help their players develop this skill.


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Coaching soccer: receiving a pass

Remember great passing teams must be able to receive the ball without losing control. Fumbling and turnovers are caused when receivers take their eyes off the ball or try to do something before they have control of it.

1) Keep your eyes on the ball at all times.

2) Catch and control the ball first, before doing anything else.

3) To catch the ball develop learn to give as the ball comes to you. (To learn more go to the trapping section).

4) When on the run learn to direct the ball as you receive it to a spot just in front of you so you can keep your forward momentum. Again, the part of the body "trapping" the ball must give with the ball.

5) As the receiver, look to move to open areas.

6) When in traffic use your body, your legs and hips in particular, to get into a strong and wide stance to shield the defender and be in position to receive a pass.

7) Learn to read the spin of the ball. A long pass may have more back spin and it will be essential to know the ball may not "run" and you will need to move your body through the ball.



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Coaching soccer: Shooting the Ball

Yes, defense wins championships, but you still must score to win. Scoring means you must be able to shoot the ball. There are two basic components of a good shot - power and accuracy. The coaching soccer basics include helping your players develop more powerful and accurate shots.

For those coaching soccer who are really into the technical and detailed aspects of shooting a soccer ball with power and accuracy you should read the Biomechanical characteristics and determinants of instep soccer kick published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine in 2007. Below you will find the basics.

Power

Having a powerful shot gives you a chance to score from longer distances and makes it more difficult for a goalie to make an initial save. There are some basic guidelines for developing a more powerful shot.
  1. Be "square" to the ball. Have your shoulders and hips facing the goal.

  2. Your non-kicking foot needs to be planted even with the ball. Too far ahead or behind causes a loss of power.

  3. When kicking the ball keep your knee over the ball.

  4. Hit the ball in the center with the instep of your foot.

  5. Follow through keeping your toes pointed.

  6. Accelerate your leg through the kick; it is leg speed that generates power.

Obviously, strength, particularly core strength is also very important. Good technique, however, will allow a small player to generate tremendous power to his or her shot.

Accuracy

Those of you coaching soccer know that a powerful shot is no good if they can't consistently put it on goal and specifically where they want it. Accuracy is vitally important.

Accuracy sometimes necessitates a loss of power. Using a short side of foot kick is sometimes what is required. Putting spin on the ball to "hook" or "slice" it can be what you need. As the person coaching soccer you will want your players to do all of these things with power and accuracy in order that they will be a great goal scorer.

Coaching soccer: The Hook Shot

The Fundamentals of the hook shot:
  • Your foot needs to strike the ball just off center
  • Your shooting foot may strike the ball with the inside of the foot just on the outside of the center line to hook the ball.
  • Your shooting foot may strike the ball with the outside of the foot just on the inside of the center line to slice the ball (takes more skill).
  • Leg speed will determine the power and amount of hook or slice on the ball.
  • Follow through with your leg going across your body



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Coaching soccer: Defensive Position

We can't emphasize it enough. Defense wins championships. Team defense begins with each individual learning good solid defensive positioning. Coaching soccer well means teaching defense.
  1. Mark your opponent. Stay so tight that no one passes to him or her, unless told by your coach to play zone marking. Sticking close is called man-to-man marking.

  2. Stay with your opponent. Don't try to take the ball from the carrier.

  3. Avoid sliding tackles. If you fail to steal the ball, the carrier can pass you easily.

  4. Develop speed, quickness, and most of all anticipation. If someone tries to pass to your opponent, get to the ball first and look out for passes that you can intercept.

  5. Prevent goal access: If your opponent receives the ball, don't let him turn his body toward the goal.

  6. Block. If the opponent has the ball and is facing the goal, don't give him or her room to shoot. Stay within a couple feet. If he or she shoots, be in the way to block it.

  7. Mirror your opponent. Move when they move. Stay on your toes. If you must give your opponent room, do it toward the sidelines, so he or she can move away from the goal.

  8. Look at their midriff (belly-button) and with your periferal vision the ball. They have to move in the direction their midrif moves, but you are mostly interested in the ball. If you stay on your toes and don't commit too quickly you can avoid being faked out. Great dribblers can do amazing things with the ball, so you want to keep your eye on their midsection as well.

  9. If an opponent gets a step on you sprint to a point that will intercept their path to the goal.

  10. Never try to reach in and stab or swipe for the ball. Your opponent will dribble right past you if you do. Just stay close and wait.

  11. Use your team support. If you have a teammate behind you (supporting you), you can look to try to take the ball from your opponent. If not, don't try.

  12. Be aggressive and intimidating within the legal limits. Learn to use your body legally, but be physical.

  13. Watch your opponent from the sidelines and study his or her 1-on-1 moves and habits.

  14. Contain as best you can. If there aren't a lot of defenders in your half of the field, contain your opponent, slowing him or her down and giving your teammates time to arrive.

  15. Know the speed and abilities of your opposing team. Know your own abilities and skills as compared to your opponents, and don't be over-agressive.

  16. Occasionally look around and be aware of other players around the field. Try to anticipate where your opponent is going to pass.

  17. Use deception. Deception is as powerful as speed. If your opponent thinks you're passive, you can surprise him or her.

  18. Stay in between your player and the goal.

  19. Wait until your player makes a mistake, then go in.

  20. If your player gets by you and is one on one with the goalie, stay in pursuit in case they make a mistake, just being there will put pressure on them. Stay calm. If you take down your opponent, most of the time this will result in a yellow card. With a few tackles (mainly the ones that deny the other player a chance to score) you will be ejected from the game with a red card. Trust your goalie and don't upset the one is coaching soccer for you.

  21. Out think your opponent. Study them, study the game!
Coaching soccer: Defense Positioning Tips
  • Never Give Up.
  • Always hustle.
  • Concentrate on your opponent's midriff
  • Use your peripheral vision.

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Coaching Soccer: Controlling the Ball

As a person coaching soccer, it essential that your players develop the ability to control the ball. The essential component of that skill is trapping and redirecting the ball. Your players need to be able to handle not only the most basic and simplest passes, but they need to control the more difficult bouncing ball and long ball.

The people coaching soccer need to teach ball control skills to their players. Controlling the ball could mean stopping the ball or trapping it, but it also may be softening the ball while redirecting to a spot you are moving to. The former is the more basic skill and the latter is a more advanced and applicable skilll.

Inside of the foot
  1. The foot you plant (the opposite one from which you will be trapping or redirecting the ball) must be planted 45-90 degrees in relation to the direction the ball is coming from. 

  2. Keep your your weight on your toes on the plant foot.

  3. You should intercept the ball with the arch of the foot you are using to control the ball.

  4. At the time of contact give with the ball.

Instead of trapping the ball you may wish to redirect it.
  1. Simply turn your receiving foot in the desired direction.

  2. You have to make some judgements:

    1. How fast is the ball traveling

    2. where are the defenders in relation to where I am directing the ball

    3. How hard to I need the ball to go so I can direct it from the defenders and still maintain posession. This last judgement determines how much you must cushion the ball on the redirect.

Outside of the foot

This technique is useful when the ball is coming in from the side.
  1. Rather than turning your body into its path, you can control it using the outside of the foot.

  2. Simply reach forward into the ball's path and intercept it with the outside of your instep.

  3. That should settle it nicely considering that the outside of your foot provides a lot of contact surface.

The redirect is the same for the inside of the foot, but you are using the outside of the foot.

Sole of the foot
  1. Simply put your foot on the ball with your toes raised slightly above your heel.

  2. Trapping with the sole of the foot is rarely applied to control passes.

  3. It can be useful in dribbling.

Instep
  1. This technique is useful when the ball is falling from a steep angle.

  2. Don't just wait for the ball to arrive, stay on your toes and lock your eyes on it.

  3. Quickly adjust to its trajectory so that you don't have to reach out too far.

  4. As the ball arrives try to catch the ball on your foot using the area around your shoelaces.

  5. To do this you need to bend your knee and ankle back just as you are making contact with the ball.

The Chest
  1. When using it for control, stretch out your arms and flex your muscles.

  2. Arch your back slightly as the ball arrives.
  3. Get your chest on plane with the height of the ball by jumping or bending your knees.


Just For Fun: Watch this ball control video and then look at the one after showing game speed ball control.




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Coaching Soccer: Heading the ball

Heading the ball is an invaluable skill in soccer. It is used to direct the ball to a teammate for a pass or to direct the ball into the goal. A well-headed ball is an exciting play to watch. Coaching soccer requires you to be sure your players learn the basics steps in heading a soccer ball.

To do these well follow these basic steps:
  1. Arch your back as the ball approaches with neck firm and legs bent.

  2. Spread your feet apart, wider than shoulder width.

  3. Drive your entire upper torso toward the ball. Follow through with your head and neck as you make contact with the ball. Keep your head and neck moving together on the same plane.

  4. Keep your eyes open and on the ball and use your forehead to make contact. Shutting your eyes and tucking your chin at the lest second almost always results in making contact with the ball somewhere other than your forehead.

  5. Direct the ball down by making contact with your head slightly closer to the top of the ball. You must maintain eye contact with the ball!

  6. Make contact slightly lower on the ball to send it upward.

  7. Follow through by continuing to drive your head forward. The strength of the header comes from the waist.
Other Tips & Warnings
  1. If you need to jump, make contact at the highest point of your jump.

  2. When heading the ball to score a goal, direct the ball down to make it harder for the goalkeeper to save.

  3. To clear the ball from your own goal area, direct the ball up and out.

  4. Incorrect heading can lead to neck injury or concussions. Beginners should go slowly. Practice with a light ball, such as a beach ball or soft volleyball, and gradually move on to a regulation soccer ball.

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Coaching Soccer: Resources

Free Coaching Soccer Resources

I wish I could say this is our site, but one of the best sports coaching sites we have found is Soccerxpert. It has loads of great soccer drills and plans for those coaching soccer, so rather than trying to duplicate it (we aren't a soccer specialty site) we will just send you there. Just remember to come back and visit us!

National Soccer Coaches Association of America

International Coaches Association

United States Youth Soccer Association

Our Coaching Soccer Recommended Programs

Coaching Soccer: Fitness

Anyone coaching a sport should be thinking about developing the fitness of their athletes. What you do is completely dependent on the age of the athlete. If you are coaching athletes who are young men and women they need to be thinking not only about sport specific training, but over-all general strength and conditioning.

For any of you who have volunteered for soccer coaching, or are getting a small stipend you will want to be able to recommend both general sports and fitness training as well as sport specific training. There are three programs we recommend.

The Jump Manual

Jumping is a part of soccer. The Jump Manual provides a proven program to improve your jumping ability. So, for all of you coaching soccer we would recommend you get this program into the hands of your athletes.

This program is about being able to jump high to get to balls with your head or if you are a goalie to dominate the air around the goal. You can be strong, quick, and in incredible condition but not have good technique to jump higher. This program is specifically designed to improve your ability to jump higher.

In this program you will learn:
  • a day by day workout chart shows you exactly how to do each workout, and exercises are accompanied by videos.
  • why Strength X Quickness = Explosion and the most effective and proven methods to increase both.
  • how to use the "stretch shortening cycle (SSC)", plyometrics, and "complex training" to boost your performance.
  • the 9 facets of an incredible vertical and how to systematically improve in each one to create an explosive synergy.
  • why the recovery phase of training is so important, why most athletes neglect it, and how you can capitalize.
  • how flexibility, balance, and form greatly affect your explosion potential and how to capitalize.
  • Learn why most athletes are training harder and still getting less results.
  • Learn how to recruit and train all muscles involved in the vertical jump.
You also get:
  • access to the Jumpers Forum where you can collaborate with other like minded athletes who have already achieved what you want.
  • UNLIMITED one-on-one training to guarantee that ALL your questions are answered.
  • An entire section about jumping form shows you how to gain inches by tweaking your jumping form to use explosion you already have.
The Jump Manual is THE best program we have found for training players to have more explosive jumping ability. It is a soccer coaching must have.

TacFit

Coaching soccer is no different than any other sport in that you want to have well-conditioned athletes. That will require your soccer players to workout during the season and in the off-season.

For over-all strength, flexibility and athletic training we recommend TacFit. Understand that this program will really develop over-all body strength and athleticism, but it will not specifically train you in soccer specific fitness.

Also, without YOU putting in the work and dedication you will not see the results. TacFit will also separate the dedicated athlete from the "club" athlete. It is a challenging program.

Our special forces have trained their bodies to perform athletically. Natural strength that can be obtained from using your own bodyweight. You don't need large space or special equipment to train. You can do it all in only 20 minutes a day. If you know what to do.

As someone coaching soccer you can refer your soccer players to this incredible program.

Crisis response demands a physical training program that will develop tireless stamina, extreme range reactive strength, ballistic speed, the agility and coordination of a Free Runner, and active recovery and pre-habilitation.

For those of you coaching soccer, if your players had those type of workouts do you think their atheltic performance would improve? Do you think your soccer coaching would improve as your players improve? You bet it would.

So, what does this basic program give you?

    * workouts manual

    * training calendar

    * video instructions (in several formats)

    * Recovery techniques

You can add to the basic program and get all the above, plus:

    * follow along videos

    * rapid recovery and breathing techniques

    * diet plan

    * recipe book

    * video of a real training program personally run by Scott Sanderson

So, check out all the details of Tacfit and try it for yourself!

Total Soccer Fitness

As someone coaching soccer, playing soccer, or with a child who is involved in soccer there is one other recommended program we recommend.

Total Soccer Fitness was designed by a strength and conditioning coach to specifically train soccer players. If you are a soccer coach you really should become familiar with this program. Your athletes parents and your athletes to need this information as well.

In this program you will get:
  • A unique conditioning system designed to develop injury-free, well-rounded young soccer stars
  • Dozens of fitness programs, sessions and drills split into the three key age groups - examples that apply to your situation
  • information on how to avoid the dangerous, career-shortening pitfalls that many people coaching soccer and parents are unwittingly promoting already
This program is about training soccer players, and athletes of most any age. Soccer, at any age is a physical game. It involves running. It involves twisting and turning. It involves jumping and kicking and tackling. As young players mature, the stresses and strains of the competitive environment become greater and greater.

Not only can conditioning for juniors and youths be perfectly safe, done correctly it's the best way to prevent injury and set up a long, successful career.

Depending on your coaching soccer experience you may already know how to address the unique needs of young players when it comes to learning skill and technique. On the other hand you may be one of those many volunteer coaches who stepped up because you child is playing, you like the game, and you want to be part of your child's life, but you have never coached before.

There are guidelines and advice aplenty in the many hundreds of soccer coaching books and resources. You have to know these "coaching soccer rules" inside out if you want to get formally qualified. But how many coaches (or parents) really understand the unique physiological needs of children and adolescents?

They are NOT mini adults. You can't simply take an adult's training plan and water it down. Unfortunately, the coaching soccer books that do touch on fitness for soccer nearly always focus on adults (or over 16's)... and even then it's usually just an afterthought.

The very small minority of young athletes who are fortunate enough to be given a well-planned, long-term conditioning program often go on to excel in sport. They reach a higher peak. They stay injury free and foster character traits of discipline and confidence that will stand then in good stead for the rest of their lives.

 Total Soccer Fitness for Juniors arms you with heaps of powerful tools, including:
  • Conditioning programs, sessions and drills grouped in to three key age groups... pre-adolescents (8-11), adolescents (12-14) and post adolescents (15-18)
  • Why soccer conditioning for children is the polar opposite to conditioning in adults
  • Why strength training is not only safe in children but how it can prolong their entire career
  • How to design resistance training programs for children as young as 8 right through to soccer-specific strength plans for young adults
  • Complete sample strength programs including sets, repetitions and exercise images
  • Endurance training in children and youths and how certain drills may do more harm than good in pre-adolescents
  • The distances, time-periods and rest intervals young players must stick to in a training session
  • Sample endurance circuits and obstacle course that can easily be incorporated into any coaching soccer session
  • When to introduce anaerobic endurance training and why some coaching drills you complete already may do more harm than good
  • How to help junior players ingrain superb running technique and why it will affect the rest of their sporting career
  • Lots of speed, quickness and agility drills that are fun and that won't strain growing joints
  • Why speed is NOT just determined by genetics and how proper training can more than make up for a lack of natural sprinting ability
  • The vital importance of flexibility training and why it can prevent many of the injuries associated with rapid growth spurts
  • A complete soccer stretching routine everyone coaching soccer will want
  • Why stretching before a game may do more harm than good
  • Complete week-by-week programs for the pre-season for different age groups and different coaching soccer scenarios
Everything in Total Soccer Fitness for Juniors is designed with a young player's unique needs in mind. And it's also designed so that coaches and parents can implement it's principles in the real world -- when time, equipment and resources are limited...

Ultimately, Total soccer Fitness For Juniors is not about soccer, it's about developing healthy, happy, all-round young athletes. Every child should be given the opportunity to follow their passion, and, should they opt for a sport other than soccer, you can rest easy knowing you have given them the best chance of success whatever their choice.

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Nutrition

Nutrition is vitally important for athletic endeavors. In this current culture it is vital that those coaching soccer, or any sport, are informed about nutrition. If your athletes do not watch their nutrition they will not be able to make the athletic gains they could if they ate properly. We have two recommended nutrition programs for those coaching soccer and their athletes.

Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition covers everything you need to know about nutrition. It is a comprehensive nutrition education course. It will:

1) teach you how to eat for your goal and your body. We teach you how to develop a custom nutrition plan unique to your physiology.

2) be easy to understand.

3) provide you with 1 year of 24/7 online support on their private member forum. You’ll need help, and with PN you get it – from expert coaches and nearly 40,000 fellow members from around the world.

4) provide you with a 1 year membership to their online library of articles, e-books and software. Access their complete Exercise Video Database and thousands of pages covering every conceivable fitness and nutrition topic in the Member Zone.

5) Include more than 25 goal-specific exercise programs by world-class coaches. They had the top coaches in the world develop exercise programs specifically for Precision Nutrition members.

6) Include the PN cookbook, Gourmet Nutrition Volume 1.

7) Guarantee results. They put their money where their mouth is. If PN doesn’t work for you, They’ll not only give your money back, they’ll buy you another book of your choosing!

Of all the above mentioned benefits of the program the most talked about by our members is the on-line supports. Coaching soccer thoroughly will mean getting your players involved in off-season programs. Those programs should include good nutrition education.

This is one of the best out there and is used by some of the most sought after athletic trainers in the world. As one coaching soccer you should look into this program for your athletes sake. For more information go to the Precision Nutrition website.

Eating for Energy

Eating for Energy is another excellent nutrition education program. For athletes and coaches, in this case those coaching soccer, it will provide your players the energy and fitness that will enable them to reach peak performance levels.

Eating for energy's nutrition education will teach you things you won't learn in traditional classes. And that is the reason we are here!

In this e-course you will learn:

1) how you can prevent cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and obesity by making this one small change to the way you eat.

2) what the startling food consumption trends between 1970 and 2004 have done to your health.

3) why fit people can be at greater risk of disease!

4) the top 12 superfoods you should eat all the time.

5) why you may not have been successful in losing weight in the past. This one secret will change your life (not just your body)!

6) why counting calories does not work. You'll find out what does.

7) why not all fats are bad and why eating certain "healthy" fats can actually speed up fat loss, increase your energy levels, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and more... and precisely how much of them you need for optimal effects.

8) the miraculous food whose saturated fat burns fat in your body, fuels your energy for exercise, and prevents sickness and infections! One of the most amazing finds ever - and you can easily buy at your local grocery store!

9) how to crank up your metabolism and turn your body into a food-incinerating, fat-melting human blast furnace! Easy metabolism-boosting techniques revealed!

10) how to eat 50% more calories without storing an ounce as fat - It's true - you can actually eat more food while losing more fat using this simple, but often overlooked strategy!

11) how to boost your energy levels higher than you ever thought possible - almost instantly! (you'll notice the difference the very first day)

12) the 10 Success Habits that will get you to your goals!

13) the psychology of permanent fat loss and abundant health...Goal setting and motivation tactics that program your subconscious mind for massive success...Follow this "secret mental training formula" and you'll be practically "hypnotized" into eating properly and working out consistently - Just imagine... no more "willpower" required! (these are the same techniques that NFL, NBA, MLB and Olympic champions pay sports psychologists hundreds of dollars an hour to learn.)

14) why obesity and most diseases do not occur in nature and discover what we're doing to domesticated animals that is making them as sick, fat, and tired as we are!

There is much more than these 14 things!

So, to learn more and order this program check out the Eating for Energy website.

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Coaching Soccer: Fitness, Recovery, and A great Scientific breakthrough

If your young athletes are over the age of 12 you should investigate and learn about a new scientific breakthrough that is turning the athletic community upside down. Anyone coaching, whether it is coaching soccer or any other sport you owe it to yourself and your athletes to research this!

First, listen to these testimonials and then watch the next to clips to learn even more.




Now, we had to put ASEA to the test ourselves and have found the same results many of these people have talked about. We can't claim any scientific findings nor any amazing healing, but we did find that endurance and recovery improved after workouts. So, if you are coaching soccer you should try it and  then recommend it!

Ultimately you will want to PROVE IT TO YOURSELF!

Coaching soccer: Final Thoughts

We are not a coaching soccer only website so our goal is to provide some basic information with places to go and programs to get that will make your experience coaching soccer better. Please, give us feedback and help your other coaches by using our submissions page.

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