As we approach the mid-point of our inaugural summer program, we wanted to share some of the highlights: Confidence. Players are having a fantastic time with the ball at their feet. In just a few weeks, ‘panic kicking’ has been replaced with a first touch and an attempt to beat the player(s) in front. Each… Read More Summer 4v4 Clinic. Week 3
Perhaps you saw this news: Silent September in South Carolina… This is our game, being ruined. We have posted about the youth soccer parents in other articles, such as this one and wrapped up that article with this: “…the questions parents are asking, and that we as SFYS, are working to provide you with the answers to.… Read More SILENCE! on the sidelines…
The season is over! Just like that. What will your player be doing this summer? Mission YSL summer league? Summer Camps? Time off? What!? There is so much going on across the city, and the region, for the summer as you well know. Alternatives away from Soccer are abundant and we encourage you to get… Read More Summer Soccer
Why 9v9 from 11v11? We made the move as a whole to directly benefit a lot of branches of Youth Soccer in SF. Player number wise. Boys have just 8 teams playing this spring across a combined 6/7/8 grade bracket. 0 from 8th grade. We had 13 teams in the same grades, so it is… Read More We’ve changed from 11v11 to 9v9 for our 6th grade+ teams. Why?
The sidelines are awash with emotion. Cheering, applause, encouragement, COACHING, willingness for the ball to go in the goal from your player, questioning of the coach or the officials, and generally a lot of commotion that adds the atmosphere of being on the sideline of your players youth soccer game. We are still a generation… Read More What is going on in this game?
Rolling over from part 1, into part 2 we continued along the lines of the development of the keeper, but in this instance it is about their importance in helping the team to build an attack by – Playing out of the Back. Why? Maintain possession, draw in the other team to create space further… Read More SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 5 PART 2
Week 5 was a wonderful finish for the spring season clinics. Part 1 was the goal keeping clinic that was rescheduled due to the rain. 8 coaches and almost 30 players came out and took part in the circuit training for the keepers. The clinic was based on the Master Coach training the coach, who… Read More SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 5 part 1
Week 1. Moves like Messi. Messi. We created this clinic around Messi, as one of the greatest players* to have been on the field, to demonstrate what a player could achieve. We also structured the clinic in this way to encourage the coaches to encourage and create environments where players can learn to be as… Read More Spring 2017 Coaching Clinic Wrap Up. Week 1
Upon reflection of the coaches clinics, and other experiences, it is becoming apparent that there is a fear for many coaches to use small-sided games and scrimmages as the main content of their practices. One coach has mentioned a ‘fear of letting go’ from the structured command style skill development used in academies like Ajax… Read More Are we scared of using small-sided games?
In wrapping up the coaches meetings, it was obvious that the players need more playing time. Coaches want the players to play and there is no doubt that the players want and need to play more. It is further supported by a German study that found a direct correlation between free play in youth to high… Read More Free Play Soccer