What is player development? Parents are asking… Parents are asking because they care about their child(ren) and we have some thoughts to share for the parent that is wondering the exact same thing! Player Development. It is a constant focus for anyone involved in youth Soccer. The USA failed to qualify for Russia 2018 and… Read More What is Player Development?
Are you trying to find a method to the madness? We know many of you are! Remember, this is recreational soccer. Not the world cup and all players will play. Subbing looks like this: 2nd grade – 6′ and 13′ of each half, making the game into 6ths (including kick off for each half). 3rd… Read More Substitutions
Yes, SFYS has a mercy rule. Winning by 5 or more goals against your opponent in recreational soccer (rules summary here) OR Winning by 8 or more goals against your opponent in competitive soccer (rules summary here) WILL result in losing 1 point from your standings. 1 point will be deducted for each game this… Read More MERCY!
We decided to get some clarification out there for you. Coaches have different interpretations of the rule and it is leading to some issues. First and foremost, it is only applicable to teams that play 7v7. Here goes. The GK cannot punt the ball. They can throw / roll to their team mate. They can… Read More The Build Out Line
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…
Coaches, Here a quick post on an article with regards to the parents on your team… The claim that the parents do not know what is going on, or understand the game, is fading. Most parents by now have played the game, or perhaps even just watched enough of their other children or professional games,… Read More Parents and their questions
Yes, week 2 is posting after week 3, but that’s ok. Possession. We have the ball. If we have the ball, the other team cannot score. We can score if we have the ball. Pep Guardiola: Everything starts with the ball and finish with the ball. Sometimes we forget that this is a game with 11… Read More SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 2
Well, the rain got the better of us. It doesn’t mean that your goal keeper should be forgotten! How can you start training your keeper now? Chances are that you are already doing so… Do you scrimmage for a lot of practice, as advised in the classroom clinic? If you do, then you also probably… Read More SPRING 2017 COACHING CLINIC WRAP UP. WEEK 3
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?