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View Video Clips of The Coach Doug Soccerhelp Method of Coaching U4, U6 and U8 The SoccerHelp System and Philosophy NOTE: If you want the best and fastest results, we strongly recommend you buy our iron-on incentive soccer patches and subscribe to Premium. Many coaches see immediate results from the patches - their players try harder, hustle and come to practice. Read Letters from Coaches about the results they have achieved and how they used the patches. Drills train players to play slow -- our Practice Games train players to play fast. Think about it - drills aren't at "Game Speed" and aren't under pressure. Our Practice Games involve competition and players want to win the Practice Games, so they can earn a patch, so they learn to play fast and under pressure. As a result, players learn faster and play better. See Soccer Practice Plans. Soccer is a game played primarily with the feet. The head & other parts of the body can be used but the hands & arms (up to & including the shoulder) cannot be used except on a "Throw-In" and by the Goalie in certain circumstances. If you've ever played basketball, many of the concepts you learned such as "give & go", "inbound plays", "getting open", "support", "man-to-man", "zone defense" & others are very applicable to soccer. You will also find similarities in many other team sports including hockey, rugby & American football, & concepts such as "follow through", "staying on your toes" & a "quick first step" are used in most field sports. Soccer is very much a team sport & coaching begins to make a great difference by age 9. After that age a well coached team will almost always beat a poorly coached team, even if the poorly coached team has better athletes. By “well coached” we mean players and teams that have been taught in practice the skills, teamwork and other things they need to know so they can have fun and be successful playing soccer. One advantage of the SoccerHelp method is that your practices will be much more efficient and effective, and your players will improve faster. You should be able to achieve 50% more in practice, and the result will be that 4 practices will be equal to 6, and your team will improve 50% faster.
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1. Recreational & Select Soccer. There are 2 types of youth soccer programs; one is called "recreational" (or "rec") and the other is called "select", "club" or "travel". a. "Recreational" soccer is what most youth participate in. There are usually fall and spring seasons, the sponsoring organization lines up the
com. How To Determine A Player's "Soccer Age". if a child was nine as of 7/31/10. they will stay in the "Under-10" (U-10) group until 7/31/11. This is how it is done at all the soccer programs I know of. Youth Soccer Association ("USYSA"). Coaches are usually parent volunteers. Hard surfaces of shinguards must be covered with socks. 2. Children are usually placed in age groups based on their birth date. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 4. "offside" is sometimes not called. a. the way to determine a child's "soccer age" is to ask "How old was the child on last July 31?" For example. Concepts & Rules TM (See "Rules"). The focus of these teams is often on winning tournaments & that is how their success is judged. the world soccer governing body. Field sizes.S. b. 3.S. . players can be "cut" and playing time is not guaranteed. the American Youth Soccer Organization ("AYSO") or non-profit clubs associated with the U. There are usually try-outs for these teams.coaches & recruits the players. These teams often have paid coaches or a paid trainer.S. Soccer rules are published annually by FIFA (pronounced "FEE' fuh"). Equipment. when they move up to U-11.socceramerica. the rules do not require separate teams. Soccer Foundation compiles the "Soccer Yellow Pages" which lists clubs all over the U. number of players per team. You should keep in mind that a child with a July birthday is almost a year younger than a child with an August birthday (even though they may be the same "soccer age") & that the younger children often have shorter attention spans and often won't learn as quickly as the older children. The U. but you should check with your league if you are unsure how they determine "soccer age". Jewish Community Centers. and can be accessed at www. fun & good sportsmanship are stressed & each player plays at least 50% of each game. Both boys & girls play. length of games & rules vary by age group. Most rules are described in the SoccerHelp. "Select" soccer is more competitive & teams often practice several times per week & play year-round. Discuss the rule variations with an official of your league. game lengths. All players must wear shinguards to every practice and every game.com Dictionary of Soccer Terms. Recreational soccer programs are mainly run by the YMCA. Typical adjustments are field sizes. ball sizes. during the season there is usually one game per week. and slide tackling is sometimes not allowed. Rules. For most leagues. "Select" programs are usually either organized by non-profit clubs or are affiliated with a recreational soccer association. They are sometimes called "travel" teams because they travel to tournaments in other cities. the number and frequency of substitutions. but youth organizations usually adjust the rules to fit children. churches.
each player must wear a jersey or shirt. stockings or socks that entirely cover the shinguards.. Mostly they either wear a special goalkeeper jersey. & 5. metal cleats are not allowed. shorts (most leagues don't object to long pants if it is cold. shinguards. U-6 & U-8 (i. c.e. See "Things You Need For A Good Practice" & "Keys To Good Practice Games" in the section titled "Soccer Practice Games" at SoccerHelp and SoccerHelp Premium. Under-6 & Under-8) use a size 3.. No jewelry. or hazardous equipment may be worn. and U-13 & older use a size 5 ball). h. Only rubber cleats are allowed. Each player should have a stitched ball (as opposed to a hard seamless ball) of proper size. Test the ball to see if it's round & will fly straight by tossing it into the air with a lot of spin on it to see if it wobbles. some balls are heavier & harder than others. e. waterproof surface is best because it won't absorb water & will last longer. Each player should bring a plastic water bottle to games and practices. The ball size is shown on the ball. look for a stamp that says either "official size & weight" or "FIFA Approved". Some balls are so hard that it is painful to kick them. Caution: Don't put a long sleeved Goalie jersey on a player in hot weather. Coaches should allow adequate water breaks during practice & bring extra water (some players will always forget to bring water). f. U-10 & U-12 use a size 4. a mesh training vest (also called a practice vest or pinnie) or a T-shirt. . 4. metal devices. unless you cut it off). Don't get a ball that is too heavy or hard (some seamless balls are especially hard). To games. (Casts can be allowed if they are padded & the Referee approves them before the game). d. and footwear. Check with your league for other requirements. Encourage parents to buy properly sized shinguards that have a hard surface (plastic or fiberglass) and padding to cover the anklebone.(Referees will check this). a shiny. Goalkeepers must wear colors that distinguish them from the other players and from the referees. no baseball or football shoes if they have a front cleat. (Referees will check).e. It is dangerous because they can become overheated. Also. note that the FIFA rules say that if thermal undershorts are worn they must be the same main color as the shorts). If you have a choice. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 5. b. g. No shoes with front cleats may be worn (i. (Soccer balls come in 3 different sizes: 3. Practice Tips. Even if a ball is the official weight.
Rules.6. Except for a "Throw-In". You really can't punish a child in a recreational league for not coming to practice because it's usually the parent's fault. M-A-G-I-C. Practice Attendance. Even if your League doesn't require this. If your team's name has a "rhythmic" spelling. GO Magic!). I do think it is fair to tell them that because soccer is a team sport. you can usually sub at these times (check with your league to see if they follow these rules): after a goal kick is called for either team. each team must have a designated goalkeeper. Note: In hot weather. midfielders are subbed the most because they run the most. However. Also. Subbing) . Except at half-time or between quarters. Most recreational leagues require that each child plays at least 50% of every game he or she attends. Goalkeepers. at halftime. Most teams choose a nickname. do not put a goalkeeper jersey on a player.. Youth Leagues usually either allow "unlimited substitutions" (which usually means the coach can "sub" as many times as he wants during the game but only at certain times such as goal kicks) or only allow subbing between quarters. Young children also like a cheer which they can do before or after the game or at halftime. Play Fair. it is only natural that those who come to practice the most might play the most & might get first preference for the positions they prefer to play. . explain to them that soccer is a team sport & the team will play better & have more fun if everyone comes to practice. When To and How To Back to Basic Info Contents Page 10. or free kicks. substitutions may only occur with the Referees permission (you can get his attention by yelling "sub"). Have FUN". Team Names & Cheers. If "unlimited substitution" is allowed. He must wear a shirt or jersey that is recognizably different from all other players (goalkeepers often wear special jerseys with padded elbows). you can spell it (e. Often. However. Keeper or GK). The rules technically say that a player must leave the field first before his sub can enter the field. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line. 8. The best one I've heard is "Play Hard. See Substituting (Substitution. it is a rule you should consider adopting for your team. after a goal by either team. Except in a small-sided play.g. this is what he means. Try to motivate players to come by making practices fun & playing games like those described in the section titled "Soccer Practice Games". he is the only player on the field who can legally use his hands and then only in certain circumstances. Players usually gather round & touch hands while doing their cheer. Playing Time. You usually cannot sub on corners. 9. and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player (but you can only sub as many players as they do). Many referees don't enforce this in youth games because there is so much substitution. Instead. They can get too overheated & become sick. 7. after a throw-in is called for your team (not the other team). When You Can Substitute. if the Ref says "call them off first". (aka "Subbing"). (aka Goalie.
There was really very little risk. etc. At U-6. (Once he drops it or when out of the Penalty Box. However. This is called playing "Small Sided". If your team is under age 11. there may be as few as 3 per side. teamwork. "Formations". dribbling & basic tactics such as "sagging" & to mark up behind a man when the other team has a throwin or is near our goal. Small Sided Games & Formations. to come out to the edge of the Penalty Box or beyond to play like a "Second Sweeper". I've had our goalkeeper run up field many times to take a corner kick & we've never given up a goal as a result (obviously. you shouldn't worry about "formations" or "positions" but should teach basic concepts. If he picks up the ball & no opponents are close. encourage him to drop the ball & dribble it out & then kick it. it will give all the players respect for how tough the position is & they will be less likely to blame the goalkeeper when goals are scored.b of "Fouls" in the Dictionary regarding indirect kick fouls that only apply to the Goalkeeper. Soccer Federation & author with Tony Waiters of 2 excellent books: Fewer players on the field Reduces the size of the "swarm. only do this if your Goalie has speed). You will be surprised who is good & you really can't tell until they actually play the position." Creates more touches. To quote Bobby Howe. the players get many more "touches" on the ball & it is much easier to teach them the important concepts such as "support".have them wear a different-colored shirt (one shirt only) or a mesh training vest over their shirt. even if he or she did make mistakes. In small sided games with 5 or less players per side. Director of Coaching Education for the U. at U-8. 6 to 8 per side.S. (See "Second Sweeper". . At young ages it is much better to play small sided. In fact. Encourage him to play aggressively & to take chances. let him take goal kicks. but everyone got excited by it. and to spread out & get open for passes. Do not let anyone else (players or parents) blame the goalkeeper. If your goalkeeper has a strong leg. do not make a child play goalkeeper if he or she doesn't want to. Goalkeepers tend to get blamed for goals when most of the time it isn't their fault (if the other defenders are doing a great job there won't be any shots on goal). after the game you should have the rest of the team thank the goalkeeper. to "shift & sag". he can play like a field player but can't touch the ball). You should tell your goalkeeper before the game that the other team is expected to score goals & that it isn't his fault if they score. passing. "First Defender". & "How to Teach Goalkeeping" in SoccerHelp Premium). Most youth leagues play with less than 11 players per side until U-12 or U-14. everyone will have much more fun if you do & more kids will want to play goal. encourage him to play aggressively & if you "Push Up" your Fullbacks on the attack. "Goal Kick". 4 or 5 per side. One season I even had a goalkeeper who I would bring out to take throw-ins on the far end of the field. at U-10. At the very least. 11. & Section 2. If he has speed. you should encourage everyone to take a try at playing goalkeeper.
You must accept this fact & be tolerant of mistakes. Examples: "Great try. Don't make those who lose a game or come in last run laps.g. If the game is stopped for injury. Realistic Experience + Fun = Improvement In Play. you will discourage them from trying new things. play will continue until the whistle is blown. Try to motivate in a positive way that builds self-esteem. If a player is injured. consider measuring success in these ways: a. Tell everyone." or "Good idea. Keep it up. Encourage Learning & Tolerate Mistakes. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 12.e. Measure each player's performance by their personal improvement & effort. See "Incentives" below for ideas about rewarding practice and game attendance. or do jumps. Rewarding Or Punishing Performance. they will make a lot of mistakes. d. including the unathletic players. that you are proud of them if they are trying hard. Injuries. Are they hustling. 15. If you aren't. you should have your players immediately stop and sit or kneel down where they are. are they improving?). (See "Formations" and "Small Sided" in the Dictionary). The referee will stop the game if a child appears to be seriously hurt or if there is blood." 14. Never punish or scold a child for lack of ability. Is everyone having fun? (If it's not fun. or sit out while others play). Encourage them to try new things & encourage the effort even if it doesn't work. It is recommended that each coach become familiar with the proper procedures in the event of an injury. try it again. You will have some athletic players and some unathletic players. Are they learning something about soccer (i. (This one only applies to U-8 & up).Does not allow players to "hide" or be excluded from the activity. and not by comparing them to someone else. 13. Requires players to make simple but realistic soccer decisions.. Are they learning about teamwork? c. hustle and effort. All you can expect them to do is their best (e.. In recreational soccer. Presents realistic but simple soccer challenges. b. Measuring Success. it's not good). enthusiastic & doing their best? . If your team is learning & trying new things. An injured player should sit out and receive appropriate treatment.
Positive encouragement and instruction of your players from the sidelines (the coach's box) is allowed. c. you can use them to reward practice and game attendance & hustle. The kids loved it. Be A Good Role Model. Another idea is to do like teachers do & give a special reward for perfect practice & game attendance. A tip: if you give out rewards. but kids love them & I believe they can be good if they are used in the right way. To a large degree. After the game. Things You Should And Things You Should Not Do: a. 19. Coaches & spectators must stand on the sidelines & cannot stand behind the end lines (See "Coaching During Games" in this section). Never criticize the referee. It is a tough job. A few years ago. a computer printed attendance certificate. a. These come in 4 colors & the players iron them on their jerseys. the mother of one of my players bought some gold iron-on fabric and cut out stars which we gave out for practice & game attendance & hustle. Read letters from Coaches who have used SoccerHelp iron-on incentive patches and the results they have achieved. We gave out a red and white one for bravery and tough play and the boys called it a "Blood Patch". Negative criticism. don't give out more than 2 per player per practice and 2 per player per game. otherwise they lose their value & the kids aren't as excited to get them. c. seek out the referees and shake their hand and thank them. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 17. 18. Later. For example. in recreational soccer. (Rewarding individual effort doesn't work as well unless your players all have about the same ability because a few kids will probably win all the time & some will never win). Cheering when the other team makes a great play is good.16. b. Cheering when the other team makes a mistake is bad. your players & parents will follow your lead. You are a role model and must set the example of good sportsmanship and insist upon it from your team. even if they made some bad calls. There should be no yelling or conversation between a coach and the other team during the game. If an appealable mistake is made. We asked for $10 donations to buy these. b. we started buying small iron-on soccer ball patches. Tangible incentives aren't required. You can also use them to reward team effort such as the team that wins a practice game. For example. Be a good sport & don't yell at the referees or at the other team. talk to the referee and then the Director of Referees after . Incentives. abuse or anger are things you should not do. Things You Are Not Allowed To Do: Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission. hostility.
one for offense & one for defense to teach your players how to "shift & sag" & to help them learn positions. To be courteous. I try not to show frustration or irritation & try to not single out anyone for criticism unless they aren't hustling & then I will ask "John. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 20. Do I yell? Yes. practice chip shots. I don't yell negative or general comments such as: "You guys stink" or "Hustle". I ask "Are you tired?" If he says "No". or "Matt. lofted shots at the top of the goal or power shots). That may work for older or select teams. You should stay 2 steps back from the sideline during games so you don't block the Assistant Referee's view of the line. It is good to thank the referee and linesmen after the game. if your League will allow it. e. cover the center" or "Don't get thrown over" (or "punted over" or "goal kicked over"). not the "end zones". pull off another player. you are the role model and must set the standard for behavior. However. push up". o Tell your players they must complete 5 consecutive passes before shooting o Tell them they can only take shots from outside the Penalty Box (i. In fact. then coaching during the game can help achieve those objectives. I find it necessary to yell instructions to the players so they can hear me across the field. This is hugely beneficial because one coach can't watch both ends of the field at the same time. It's not good for either team if the game is a mismatch. I say "Then hustle". Remember. if a player's . There are many things that you can teach in a game that are difficult to teach in practice. or "Mark up behind a man" (on the other teams throw-ins. are you sick?" If he says "No".the game. d. you should be a good sport & do one of the following: o Put your weakest scorers up front (use this as an opportunity to let them be forwards). Some books will tell you that during games you should let the players play & not give instructions. Don't run up the score. Coaching During Games. but sometimes it happens.e. o Try someone new in goal & at fullback o Pull a player off the field & "play short". you might ask the other coach if it is okay with him). "Mark a man goalside". I yell specific instructions such as "John.. Be sure to not get in the other team's way & remember you have to coach from the side lines. especially if you only practice one time a week (a "shifting & sagging" defense is one). but it isn't very practical for youth recreational teams which only practice once a week. on the other teams corner kicks. I look at games as another teaching opportunity. Most leagues allow coaching from the sidelines (although sometimes only by one coach who must stay in a designated area). goal kicks. & free kicks) or. If the objectives are to have fun & to teach the boys and girls how to play. I do make coaching comments to correct errors. use 2 coaches during the game. For example. If your team gets 5 goals ahead. If it is still a mismatch.
strike the ball higher". It is also a nice gesture & sets a good example for the coach to seek out the referee & assistant referees & thank them. although I did have the advantage of being an assistant coach for 2 seasons. I'm not and have found that it works best for me to be an authority figure. if they turn over a throw-in because their foot came off the ground I will say "Patrick. but nice. c. (Don't be a mean coach.passes are coming off the ground. At the End of the Game. Safety Rules. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. I have found it advantageous to tell the parents & players from the very start what is expected. Everyone must follow all directions given by the coaches & assistant coaches 2. firm. if you do. in a form you can copy & use. a. I will say "Matt. "Keep your hands to yourself" (You cannot allow anyone to get hurt) . Parents usually take turns providing refreshments after games. you will probably regret it. I don't have all the answers. drag your toe". b. Buy a whistle & use it to get attention. Or. Six of my rules are (these may have to be adjusted for children age 6 or younger): 1. Everyone must hustle & do their best 3. Coaches are usually last in line & shake hands. 6. if you like it). I expect everyone to be a good sport whether we win or lose (this includes parents) 5. Occasionally. but I will share with you what I have learned: Be a coach & an authority figure. Certain rules must apply regardless of age: 1. you will see a coach who is a natural leader. "No cursing or name calling". "When I talk you must be still & listen" 4. Do not tolerate rude or disrespectful behavior from players. When I started coaching soccer I had never coached before. You shouldn't have to and. 22. One way is to send home a letter at the start of the season that discusses your "coaching philosophy & expected behavior" (an example of my letter is attached. be nice). d. Keeping Children & Parents Under Control. not a "buddy". Two of the most difficult things I've had to learn are how to deal with disruptive players and disruptive parents. 21. players & coaches usually line up facing each other on the halfway line. walk past each other & touch hands & say "good game". At the end of the game.
5. ask your league coordinator for advice & support. 3. This is a lesson I've learned the hard way & I've developed a policy for dealing with it. e. I know of cases where parents became upset and threatened to sue because a coach patted their child on the head or grabbed him by the arm. but if you do.2. I will ask him to go to the sideline until he is ready to obey the rules. raising his knees to waist height. Warning: Never say anything mean to a child & be very careful about touching a child. 4. it will get worse & worse and create a situation which is unfair to the other players & is unpleasant for everyone involved. I will take him over to the side & speak to him privately & explain to him that he is disrupting practice (or doing something unsafe) & that I won't tolerate it & that if it happens again I am going to make him sit out until his parents arrive & then talk to his parents. I will talk to the child & explain what he is doing that is unacceptable & why. This is a dilemma. I will ask him to sit on the side line until his parents arrive at which time I will talk to the parents. "Do not kick the ball in the air unless I tell you it is okay" (otherwise you will have kids getting hit in the back of the head or the face by flying balls) 3. A disruptive child gives you an appreciation of what a school teacher faces when dealing with a child who disrupts the classroom. . If he persists. (The following only applies to players ages 8 and older). If he still persists. I do the following: f. If you allow it to continue. This is quick & less disruptive than laps). Following is my policy. 2. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to "nip in the bud" bad or disrespectful behavior. Dealing with disruptive players (U-8 & older). Teachers are trained to deal with this. this policy may be of help: 1. I hope you never have this problem. or I will ask them to resign from the team and I will file a written report with the league administrator. Dealing with disruptive parents. I will give them the choice of attending each practice so they are present to observe & enforce discipline. and ask him to stop it. Depending on the circumstances. Dangerous behavior will not be allowed or tolerated. or if the parents don't support the need for discipline. (A copy of that letter is attached). which I include in a letter to parents at the beginning of the season. I will ask him to do 10 "knee jumps" (he stands still & jumps. If he still persists. If he still persists at any future practice. but volunteer soccer coaches usually aren't.
which reduces muscle strength and hinders performance. If you would like to be an assistant coach. It can be distracting & what you tell them may be different from what the coaches are saying. You should have them Warm Up their muscles by light activities such as jogging or slowly dribbling a ball around the field. Never boo the other team or cheer when they make a mistake. It is set up so you can fill in a few blanks to customize it for your use & don't have to re-type it. please call me." "Be a good role model & a good sport. I say: "Positive encouragement is good. negative comments are bad. I would love your help. under "Parental Behavior". you should have your team warm up their muscles before playing. The Importance Of Warming Up Before Playing." 2." "Be careful not to say anything that might be taken the wrong way or hurt someone's feelings. At age 10 and older. children become susceptible to muscle pulls. . but do not yell at your child or anyone else's child during the game. You are welcome to copy & use it. (Warming up with a ball is the ideal way if it is practical to do so). Start each workout by moving your limbs through a full range of motion". but an article in the March 2007 issue of Prevention magazine says: "A review of 23 studies found that stretching before an activity damages muscle tissue. Back to Basic Info Contents Page 23. One very good thing to do & encourage your league to require is that teams U-10 & older sit on the other side of the field from the parents & spectators. this makes sense. Remember: this is for fun & these are children. When you move up to U-11. The light warm up is important because it "warms up" the muscles which makes them stretch easier & less likely to tear. In the letter I send out to parents at the beginning of the season. The Importance Of Warming Up Before Playing." "Do not yell at the referees or say anything bad to or about the other team. g." "Cheering is good. A copy of the letter I send home to parents at the first of the season is attached.1. If you think about it. (Have you ever noticed how all the horses are warmed up before a race?) Coaches used to believe stretching was good. Letter to Parents.
"Pressure". However. "Coaching Rules" and "Tips & Tactics" at SoccerHelp Premium. "Defense". Attacking & "Finishing" Tips in the section of SoccerHelp Premium titled "Tips & Tactics" may be useful. Most larger cities have a local soccer store and shoes are also available at most athletic shoe stores. Always Remember: You are doing this for fun & to help the kids. If your team is age 7 or older. a real goal or a backstop is great. depending on age) it increases the number of touches. read "Attacking". 5 U-6 Soccer Coaching. 30-50 steps long and 25-40 steps wide. If you split up and play "small sided" on a small field (e. This is especially true for the less aggressive and less skilled players. A tip: Don't buy cheap shoes that don't have cushioning & be sure they are properly sized. Why not just scrimmage the entire practice? There are 5 reasons why that isn't best for a Rec team: 1. U-6 and U-8. You can find many sources of books. If you have a lot of players. you can use cones to make goals. "Support". 3. 28. How to Coach U-4. subscribe to or Log In to Coach Doug's Site • • • U-4 Soccer Coaching. "Attacking Plan". Soccer shoes don't come in widths. . so they are well lubricated and move with ease". they won't get enough touches on the ball. "Corner Kick" & "Zone Defense" in the Dictionary and "Scoring More Goals". 24. How To Teach Offense & Defense.Personal trainer Judy Heller is quoted as saying "You want to get the fluid in your joints flowing. some of the Defensive. only do so for 10-15 a. 4.. If you want to know more about how to teach offense & defense. If you scrimmage. and generally they run narrow. but it's really not necessary. but some brands are wider. Ages 2. tapes and soccer gear on the internet. 26. but there are still the problems described in 2 & 3 below. Click here to read a review of the "Systems of Play" DVD. I used to think so. "Creating Space". Ages 5 and 6 U-8 Soccer Coaching. Be a "nice" coach who your players will remember fondly. Where To Buy Soccer Stuff. Ages 7 and 8 27. Questions & Answers: Do you need a goal or a lined field to have a good practice? No. 25. "Shift & Sag".g. which explains the principles of Attacking and Defense. b. "Kick-Off". See "Recommended References" in SoccerHelp Premium. Click the links below: Click here to read about.
They tend to do the same things they have always done.. aggressive players get most of the touches on the ball and the weaker. The better. This may not be true with all players. even if they are incorrect (i. 4. Players tend to not try new things in a general scrimmage and scrimmaging can reinforce bad habits. 5. You can't practice specific techniques or tactics in a general scrimmage. 2.minutes per practice and scrimmage without a Goalie so your defenders are forced to defend. scrimmaging reinforces bad technique & doesn't present the opportunity to teach correct technique). Some players are less enthusiastic on game day if they have scrimmaged a lot during the week.e. but I noticed it with my teams. . 3. less aggressive players get very few.
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