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Foot-eye coordination

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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Carnival of Athletic Training 6

Discover Soccer’s “Carnival of Athletic Training” features links to other sites for all things related to athletic training.
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Carnival of Athletic Training 10

Discover Soccer’s “Carnival of Athletic Training” features links to other sites for all things related to athletic training.
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Carnival of Athletic Training 9

Discover Soccer’s “Carnival of Athletic Training” features links to other sites for all things related to athletic training. While not necessarily directly related to soccer, it may hold useful information for readers.
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Carnival of Athletic Training 4

Discover Soccer’s “Carnival of Athletic Training” features links to other sites for all things related to athletic training.
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The Most Important American Soccer Players of 2000-2010?

I recently came across this highly debatable slideshow on Bleacher Report with their picks for the “5 Most Important American Soccer Players of the Last Decade” (2000-2010).
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You Are What You Think You Are

Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words.
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Failure and Success

I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot…
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The Will To Win

Most people have the will to win. Few people have the will to prepare to win.
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Foot Slaps

For faster foot speed in sports, try this move: Start with your feet hip-width apart and your hands at your sides.
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How To Practice Heading For Beginners And Non-Beginners Alike

Here is a great video with some simple techniques (and even a practice game) for practicing headers.
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Brazil 1998 World Cup Soccer Team Nike Commercial

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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11 Questions With Gina Woodward

With the growth of womens’ soccer worldwide, the idea that a young lady today could grow up to become a professional soccer player has become a legitimate possibility.
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10 Tips For Parents of Youth Athletes

Coaches: here is a good piece of information to keep handy to remind parents (and in some cases ourselves).
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The Vision of a Champion

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
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Snatch

Snatch is a practice game that trains: passing, receiving, dribbling, shielding, aggressiveness, decision making, and communication.
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More Ways To Train On My Own?

This is one of a handful of questions I get asked quite frequently, and as a coach, I think it’s fantastic when a player wants to get better on his own.
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Dealing With Muscle Soreness

Players, particularly new players and players that have been out of practice and out of condition will sometimes experience muscle pain or soreness without noticing a specific cause.
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How Do I Overcome Nervousness?

The best advice I can give you is to imagine that there are no people there watching. Don’t look up into the stands.
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Winning Isn’t Everything

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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Before They Were Stars

Youth Soccer Insider has this great piece on how some high-level players experienced soccer as kids. Here is a taste:
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Is Our Team Captain Going Too Far?

It sounds to me like the point your captain is trying to make is that maybe some or all of you are not focused on the game.
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Cariocas

An effective, yet under used exercise that helps to improve balance and speed, and does absolute wonders for agility and coordination is the carioca (sometimes mis-pronounced “karaokes”).
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Good Players vs. Great Players

Good players practice until they get it right. Great players practice until they never get it wrong.
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Involve Me

Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.
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Is Your Players’ Motivation Level: Convenient, Compliant, Conditional or Full Commitment?

Commitment is usually one of the things that successful teams attribute to their success. Lack of commitment is usually one of the things identified in teams that fail.
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Sacrifice

It’s not sacrifice if you love what you’re doing.
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The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet is a game that trains endurance, dribbling, shielding, defensive skills, and 1v1 skills.
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Dots (Intermediate)

This game trains awareness, foot-eye coordination, and kicking.
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Flying Changes – Practice Game

Flying Changes is a fast pace practice game that helps players train their many aspects including dribbling, shooting, attacking, defending, and endurance as well.
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How To Perform Well Under Pressure

You’re playing in the championship game. The game is tied after extra time and it’s on to penalty kicks. You’re the 5th shooter for your team. It’s tied heading to your shot.
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Dots (Beginner)

Dots is a practice game that trains foot-eye coordination and kicking skills.
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The Secret To Winning (Quote)

The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11. Knute Rockne (former American college football coach at Notre Dame; 6 time National Champion; 102-12-5 record)
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Which Cleats Are Best For Me

While today’s technology certainly allows a pair of high-level cleats to help a little, the differences between two pairs of cleats is probably not going to be huge either way.
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The 4 Phases of Player Development – “The Romance”

The effect of the role model is very important at this stage of development. Hero worship, identification with successful teams and players and a hunger for imaginative skills typify the mentality of this age.
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Make The Days Count

Don’t count the days, make the days count.
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The Difference Between Possible and Impossible

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
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What Should I Eat Before A Game?

Since soccer is an endurance sport, you want to eat foods with high carbohydrates and low to moderate glycemic ratings such as:
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Blood, Sweat, Tears

Our blood, our sweat, YOUR tears!
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Wall Ball Part 3: Yael Averbuch’s Fast Footwork Wall Drills

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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How Can I Become More Consistent?

In order to truly answer that, I would need to know what specific areas of your game you are hoping to improve.
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Crazy Soccer Mom

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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How Important is Sleep for Athletic Performance?

It’s easy to say sleep is crucial in the restorative process, but sleep seems to be the first thing to suffer with athletes as they struggle with their need to combine training with other duties like studying or working.
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How Orlando City FC Keeps Soccer Training Fun – Practice Game

Orlando City FC’s soccer volleyball challenge accomplishes that while still keeping the practice competitive and allowing players to practice their soccer skills.
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4 Ways To Avoid Overtraining

Yes, training too much can actually make players perform worse.
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Can You Believe It: Lasers In Soccer?

From the marketing and advertising world comes word that Nike has done it again (sorry adidas). Nike has introduced Lasers to soccer, but this time it’s not a new pair of Nike “Laser” cleats.
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12 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Soccer Camp

In addition to helping develop your child’s skills and understanding of the game, soccer camps are extremely valuable for young players to develop socially.
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How You Can Eat Healthy During Thanksgiving

Planning your Thanksgiving menu? Here are some tips from Athletic Muscle Building on staying healthy during the feast.
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Will Practicing Every Day Help Me?

If you are practicing with bad form, your skill will decrease because you will only be reinforcing the mistakes you are making. If you are practicing with good form, then yes, your skill will absolutely improve.
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The Everything Kids Soccer Book

The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book gives kids an overview of the game, the rules, its history, and also begins to teach some of the fundamentals necessary to play, all-the-while keeping it fun for kids by using writing that is easy for kids to understand, and including things like mazes, puzzles, and riddles.
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Soccer Player’s Creed

The “Soccer Player’s Creed” is a great foundation for setting expectations and rules for a team. The original is from a website called Coaching American Soccer though I’ve made a couple changes (in blue).
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Attitude is a Skill

It’s the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose.
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The Language of Confidence

The language we use programs our brains. Mastering our language gives us a great degree of mastery over our lives and our destinies.
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Wind and Game Strategy

There are many factors on a field which may influence a team’s decision of which end to defend. Not the least of those factors is wind.
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Red Light-Green Light – Practice Game

Red Light-Green Light is a great game to help younger players practice dribbling while having fun at the same time. It also encourages players to keep the ball close to them and under control while dribbling.
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Conquering the Myths of Youth Soccer

This past summer I finally found some time to read a few books. One of the books that absolutely thrilled me was a book called Game On by Tom Farrey.
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A Look At Pay To Play Soccer

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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How Referees Should Apply Advantage

Advantage is a wonderful clause in the rules in which whistling the foul would actually be hurting the team being fouled by not letting play continue.
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Success Is No Accident

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
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The Difference Between Good and Great Soccer Players

Many people mistakenly think the difference between good players and bad players is their ability to do the spectacular.
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Myth: Drills Are Boring, Practice Games Are Fun

I found this tidbit on a now defunct soccer blog, and I wanted to preserve it.
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Learn To Juggle A Soccer Ball

Start by juggling with your thigh. Let the ball hit off your thigh once, gently tap it up with your thigh, and catch it with your hands, then do it again.
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Fish In A Barrel

Fish in a Barrel is a practice game that helps players improve their passing and kicking skills.
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Stretch To Improve Your Game

Most coaches now realize the importance of pre-game stretching over no stretching at all. However, it seems that most coaches are still stuck 25 years in the past when it comes to what stretching program their players do.
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How Can I Improve On My Own?

Start with the video above. It’s not fancy, but it only takes a few minutes (start with 25 or even 10 repetitions of each skill if you need to make it easier or faster).
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Fight Road Trip Fatigue Like A Pro With These 3 Tips

If you play on or coach a team that drives out of town for games, chances are you have experienced what I like to call “Road Trip Fatigue”.
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Improve Hand-Eye Coordination

Here is a tip that will help your goal keepers:
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How You Can Learn By Watching The Pros

A great way to learn to be a better player is to watch professionals and other more experienced players.
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The 4 Phases of Player Development

The articles in the Phases of Player Development series are from a report by the staff of the U.S.Women’s National Team. Please keep in mind that this piece pre-dates the more recently established National Curriculum.
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Practicing on Your Own: Wall Ball 2

If you read Wall Ball Part 1 you know that playing against a wall is one of the best ways for soccer players to practice on your own.
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The 4 Phases of Player Development – “The Commitment”

Adult standards and formal rules become applicable. The pace of development quickens at this time due to the acceleration of physical and mental maturation.
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How Can I Be A Team Leader?

I can see why your coach picked you for a leadership role. You seem very dedicated. The fact that you are asking for advice shows that you have the right attitude, and your enthusiasm and desire to succeed is evident.
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Iron Deficiency, Anemia, and Athletic Performance

Anemia is a blood disorder most often caused by lack of iron in the blood. Anemia due to iron deficiency is more common in women. In fact, if you’ve coached girls or women in the United States, you’ve probably coached someone with anemia as rates in women are as high as 12%.
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3-Sided Goal Game

The 3-sided Goal Game trains passing, spacing, movement off the ball, shooting for corners, attacking skills, defending skills, aggressiveness, conditioning, and it is also great practice for goal keepers.
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Practice Hard

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
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Winning 50/50 Balls

Soccer Coach Weekly is a very good resource. Here is a nice graphic they put together on good technique for winning 50-50 balls.
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10 Tips For Training On Your Own

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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5 Mental Skills Olympic Athletes Possess

To reach the Olympic level in sports, an athlete must certainly be in top physical form. So what mental skills do Olympians need to possess?
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What Do I Need To Be A Guest Player

Most of the “work” involved will happen during registration. Typically, you will have to meet all the qualifying criteria (age, gender, etc) that the “normal” players on the team have to meet.
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How Many Days A Week Can I Train

I am training on my own. How many days a week should I train to get the most improvement without injuring myself?
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5 Keys To Success In Sports

Whether soccer is your game or even something else, develop these 5 factors to make yourself more successful:
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How Do I Make A Straight Kick?

Long story short, for curved shots, you strike the ball with your foot at an angle and slightly off center to the side. For a straight shot, your foot should come straight at the ball and you should strike the ball dead center.
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End of the Year Party Ideas

I coach 9 year old girls. What can I do with my team to celebrate a good year? Any ideas?
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Is It Good To Play Soccer Against People Older Than Me?

First: Is it good for a 15 year old to regularly play against 18-40 year olds? The answer to that is “it depends.”
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Wisdom vs Strength

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
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Top 10 Principals For Mental Training

We haven’t seen any Olympic athlete who succeeded without doing the physical and technical work, even though we have worked with some of the most mentally talented athletes in the world.
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3 Ways Team Sports Can Improve Social Skills

Parents and teachers should be very aware of how important regular exercise is for a child’s physical development.
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10/10s, 20/20s

Here is an easy to coach exercise that you can use to help players improve their endurance. It can be performed in virtually any space with virtually any number of players.
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Attackers and Defenders

Discover Soccer topics for players and coaches include dribbling, passing, speed, agility, confidence, attacking, defending, shooting, and goal keeping.
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How Many Calories Do I Burn Playing Soccer

The exact amount of calories you burn will depend on a variety of factors including your weight, metabolism, percentage of body fat
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Follow-up: Our Interview With The Makers of Pelada

We first told you about Pelada when it was still in development.
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Straight Leg Kick

Also known as leg swings and leg extensions, the straight leg kick is one of the most under-utilized dynamic stretching exercises.
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Head / Hands – Practice Game

Head / Hands is a game that the kids love that trains heading and awareness.
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Hot “Ball-tato”

As you may have guessed from the name, this game is essentially “hot potato” played with a soccer ball.
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How To Get Corporate Sponsorship

it’s not absolutely impossible to get corporate sponsorship at such a young age, however, you’d have to be a pretty phenomenal athlete.
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What Are “Jockeying” and “Stabbing”?

My coach is always telling us to jockey and not stab at the ball. What does he mean?
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Practicing on Your Own: Wall Ball Part 1

Simply put, wall ball is practicing your soccer skills using a wall to stop the ball and to return the ball to you
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How Can I Practice Inside My House?

What are some thing I can do inside my house to improve my balance, speed, and skill?
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What National Teams Can I Play For?

Can I play on any national soccer team I want to?
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What Is “Transition” In Soccer?

ransition is going from offense to defense – or defense to offense.
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