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Introduction of Soccer and Coaching Points

1.1 Philosophy

  • Good teams combine good performance with good chemistry
  • A good team is built upon the qualities of the players- technical, physical, emotional
  • Proper training with emphasis on critical analysis and proper structure- high demands
  • Technique and insight (tactical awareness) are the cornerstones for team success
  • Formula for success: talent-effort-chemistry-coaching-luck
  • Coaching: manage (organize) , motivate, and evaluate-develop an action plan
  • Coaches: informed, organized, structure, enthusiastic, passionate and compassionate

1.2 Development

  • Mastery of technique (ball skills) is THE most important ingredient to success
  • Tactics and systems are very secondary to mastering technique
  • There is no system that makes up for poor technique
  • Quality touches- first and last touch- receive and release with accuracy and control
  • Technical development occurs in 3 stages: fundamental, game-related and functional
  • Perfect practices makes perfect- repetitions of doing one right thing in the right way
  • Practice must resemble the game – under pressure of time, space and opponent (s)
  • “Dry Swimming”- training: elements of soccer- goals, opponents, rules, directions
  • Technical Training: 3 stages- individual, small group, team

1.3 Technique/Touch

  • Keep –away versus Give-away
  • Good, clean first touch allows more time on ball for next play (maintain possession)
  • Bad first touch leads to turnover and fight back for ball or defend (loss of possession)
  • Players must be able to use both feet equally well and body parts comfortably
  • Receive- Pass- Move — the essence of attacking soccer
  • 2 touch play and mandatory 2 touch develop passing and receiving skills
  • Higher the skill level, the smaller the playing area the more opposition/restrictions
  • Lower the skill level, the larger the area with less opposition and restrictions

1.4 Insight

  • An eye for the game- analytic
  • Take from the game to practice and back to the game
  • Small- sided games with various conditi0ons- play to goals
  • Recognize and solve soccer problems as they arise
  • Know what to do when- while under pressure
  • Handle the complexity and unpredictability of the ever-changing situations

1.5 Tactics and Systems

  • Would you rather lose 2-1 or win 1-0—the difference could well be in breakdowns
  • Analysis of problems (breakdowns) and the correct solutions (s) are critical
  • Develop plan based around team’s strengths, not weakness
  • Identify team strengths and weakness
  • Devise a plan that will give the team its best chance to win
  • Winning works!!! Attitude and enthusiasm increase with winning
  • Tactics: options/choices- must always have at least 2
  • Tactics: plan of action- team, small group, individual
  • System: alignment of players: back to midfield to forward: roles of each player/line
  • Style: how you play: director of possessions or a combination of the two
  • Soccer’s 3 Main Moments: we have ball, they have ball, transition between the two

1.6 Player Evaluation – TIPS

  • Technique- mastery of ball skills while under game pressure
  • Insight- a picture of everything that is going on around you with a solution
  • Personality- a winner’s mentality- hate to lose- good team player
  • Speed- physical, technical and tactical- speed of thought and play

1.7 Soccer is a Simple Game

  • We complicate it- walk before you run
  • Master the basics and build from there
  • Teach the game- know the game- study the game
  • In its simplest from, it is a game of opposites
  • It comes down to many individual situations- 1 vs 1
  • Strive for numbers up whenever possible and take advantage

1.8 Fun

  • The key is to have fun while working hard, learning and improving
  • Variety is the spice of life- boredom kills enthusiasm
  • End each session with some sort of game or competition
  • Make the kids look forward to coming back for more

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