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Teaching your Team How to Defend Corner Kicks with Ease

Goals are scored from corner-kicks mainly because a defender failed to track an attacker coming in late, failed to time a jump with him, or was late to cover the deflected ball which is knocked down by one attacker for another to finish off. Practice is important so a team can collectively cope with these […]

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Teach Your Players to Win the Possession Game

In soccer, ball possession determines everything. A team must have possession of the ball in order to make plays. Typically the team that has the longest time of possession ends up being the winner. The length of these time periods and the number of passes that are strung together will depend not only on the […]

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Basic Skills for the Goalkeeper On Your Team

In middle school, preschool, and pee wee leagues, the goalkeeper is often the forgotten player. As important as a position it is, not enough attention is given to this huge responsibility. Here are a few tips a youth coach can use, even if he’s not experienced in goalkeeping, to improve goalkeeper play without taking time […]

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Mark a Tough Opposing Player Right Out of the Game

Ever play against a team in your middle school or kindergarten league who has one outstanding player that seems to be unstoppable? There’s a great way to neutralize a player like this and it’s through specialized marking. One of the big differences between higher and lower levels of soccer is that the higher the level […]

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Corner Kicking Importance and Tactics

As a coach, treat corner kicks seriously. It’s one of the youth soccer drills that can generate great dividends for your team. The use of corner-kicks should play an important part in every team’s attacking plans. Corners have become such a crucial way of creating scoring chances that coaches explore many methods for taking the […]

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The Skillset of Turning Against Defenders

Learning to properly turn against a defender in a high pressure game situation is a valuable and necessary skill for a young player to develop. When receiving the ball from a teammate with a defender in fast pursuit, the act of going around the defender with the ball is called a first-time-turn. There are three […]

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