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Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball

Soccer 101: Player Positions & Their Responsibilities

Before you fill up that water bottle and strap on your shin guards, it’s important to know your basic soccer positions. Often in youth soccer, especially at the youngest age groups, players will clump together and crowd their teammates or… Continue Reading →

The 3 Best Formations for Youth Soccer

I’ve got a few bucks in my pocket that bets you might be here for the wrong reason. Most coaches find this article because they want the best formation to win soccer games. What they should be looking for is… Continue Reading →

3 Steps To Nip Youth Performance Anxiety In The Bud

Experiencing anxiety before a big sports event is normal, but what happens when this anxiety prohibits optimal sports performance? After a winter hiatus and with spring sports just around the corner, many children develop sports performance anxiety. This usually happens… Continue Reading →

Maintaining Your Offseason Soccer Fitness

Soccer, like most sports, is seasonal. There are periods of preparation (preseason), competition (in-season), and recovery (offseason). Preseason and in-season training typically are the domain of the coach, but the offseason is largely the player’s responsibility. What you do in… Continue Reading →

6 Steps to a More Powerful Shot

Everybody wants to kick a soccer ball harder. But the key to a stronger shot may surprise you

Are Kids’ Sports Too Competitive?

How kids’ athletics have gotten too serious – and what parents can do to help When my daughter began playing recreational soccer at age 8, scouts for more competitive private clubs showed up regularly at the weekend games. By the… Continue Reading →

Ethics in Youth Sports

There are at least five fundamental ethical questions facing youth sports. • What is the purpose of youth sports? Some recognize the value of youth sports for their ability to instill strong and positive character in young boys and girls…. Continue Reading →

BENEFITS OF SCHOOL-BASED SPORTS

“This article examines the benefits of school-based sports for student athletes”.

How to Learn From a Loss

In sports, the overall goal is often to win. But in order for there to be a winner, there must also be a loser—that’s just the nature of the game. At some point in their career, all athletes have suffered… Continue Reading →

How to Organize a Team-Building Activity

Whether you’re trying to boost the morale of your squad or foster leadership in young players, here’s a simple guide to organizing and running effective team-building activities that’ll develop young athletes into a cohesive unit. Progressive Planning It is best… Continue Reading →

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