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Summer Soccer

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 your player involved in whatever they have an interest in. Summer is the perfect opportunity to explore and learn new sports or to play Soccer in new ways, new environments, and with new friends. That brings us to soccer camps. There are plenty of them in…

We’ve changed from 11v11 to 9v9 for our 6th grade+ teams. Why?

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 not a spring playing vs fall playing as we see in some other grade based play. In this spring season, in 5th grade boys there are 21 teams, already playing 9v9. Thus, we aim to have 21 teams+ joining as they already have their rosters….

What is going on in this game?

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 or two away from a sideline of people that truly understand or have played the game. We are also a long way away from a generation of people that understand what todays Soccer looks like (see previous articles and clinic wrap ups on playing out…

SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 5 PART 2

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 up the field. Developmental focus – give the players the ball at their feet to learn and develop their body position when receiving, first touch, reaction to pressure vs space, ability to make decisions under pressure.* Part 1 of the practice was a simple 1v1,…

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SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 5 part 1

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 trains the keeper/player. The main points for all of the stations were to encourage the keeper to keep on their toes, to be ready with their hands out, and push off the foot closest to the ball for best reach. Observations show the amount of…

Spring 2017 Coaching Clinic Wrap Up. Week 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 creative and as unpredictable as Messi. Moves like Messi. What are his moves? What does he do? He scores goals – an obviously wonderful move. He scores goals using his laces, as is always coached, but he also scores with his toes, with flicks, with…

Are we scared of using small-sided games?

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 with players working in their spaces and working on an isolated skill – the 10,000 touch approach. There seems to be a ‘rule’ that you have to break down the skill to teach the player before they can use it in a game, or have…

Free Play Soccer

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 levels of social success as an adult. In fact, just a quick net search of ‘benefits of free play’ yields top 6 reasons, links to all sorts of other studies, and a constant push for pro-reasons to free play. These are all about free play in general,…

Coaches Meeting Wrap Up

Last week we held the spring 2017 season 7v7 and 9v9 coaching clinics. This is the first time in the spring and we really appreciate the attendance and interaction. We started with a Kahoot! quiz. Your answers are being processed and we aim to provide more information and guidance on processes such as the guest player process so you can best utilize it. Key answers are also in the presentation, below. The presentation encouraged you to reflect on who your players are, their personality, and their reasons for playing Soccer. Then it asked questions of who you are and why…

Dealing with that difficult player

You know that player. The one in your team that causes problems, or perhaps is just difficult to work with. Do you know why? Have you considered why? First off, have you asked the parents? Consider the blog from yesterday with regards to what the parents want you to know . Then consider what you could do about it. When considering your role as a coach is to facilitate development, and considering the Components of Soccer, you really should consider what you can do about it and it doesn’t include blaming the player. The psychosocial aspect within the components of Soccer…