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Sunday, December 9, 2007
4 simple exercises that will vastly improve your teams ball mastery
Ball mastery is essential for any aspiring soccer player. The ability to deftly control the motion of the ball, all the while paying attention to everything else that is going on is vital. It is one of the easiest things to learn in Soccer, yet it is also one of the hardest to master. Fortunately, with a little repetition of four simple exercises from the Coerver Coaching Master Class Series, any team can vastly improve their skills:
A 20-by 20-yard area.
So be diligent in your training and your team will go far.
This exercises are part of the Coerver Coaching Method
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Brazilians often relate their soccer to music, and have great rhythm when running and dribbling with the ball. The way to achieve this rhythm is to keep your upper body relaxed. This allows you to be flexible and helps you have much better upper body movements for deceiving the opposition. If you maintain a stiff body posture, your movements will be stiff and not really deceptive at all.
A really good tip to get a "looser" upper torso while teaching dribbling is to encourage your players to open their hands and keep their hands and wrists "floppy". By doing this, the upper torso becomes loose and flexible, which in turn will lead to better upper body movement for body fakes. For instance if you try dipping you shoulder one way and then going the other way, the "dip" will be far more effective with a loose upper tors, and therefore far more likely to deceive the defender.
To emphasize the point, make a fist with both hands and clench your fists tight. Now try moving your upper body and you should notice how stiff and awkward it is.
Now try the same with loose floppy wrists. See the difference?
Secret #1 for dribbling is to keep your upper torso relaxed and keeping your hands open and floppy
When dribbling it is more effective to be "small". The reason for this is similar to the reason for the first tip. By keeping small and close to the ground with your legs slightly bent, you will have greater mobility and able to twist and turn to deceive the defenders more easily.
To Emphasize the point, stand straight up with rigid legs. Now try and deceive a defender by lunging one way and then going the other direction. Now try it with the legs bent and in a more relaxed fashion. See the difference?
Secret #2 for dribbling is to keep your knees slightly bent and keeping close to the ground
Stand small not tall
A useful drill to help
Here's a drill to help with this and you can incorporate both secrets into this drill
Have your players dribble the ball around and on your command the players must stop the ball "dead" using the knee.
Stopping the ball with the knee automatically achieves two things;
(1) gets the players to lower their bodies by bending their knees, getting their body low to the ground (coiled and ready to accelerate).
(2) forces the shoulder to dip and makes the upper torso turn.
Note this is important to help deceive your opponents when faking to go one way before exploding in the other direction
During the practice alternate knees, try double touches, right, left and continue dribbling, vary pace of the exercise.
Incorporate this little tip in your next warm, its' fun and productive, and it works!.
The Coerver Coaching Method has over 30 1V1 moves to beat defenders,all on video, and made extremely simple to learn so well worth a look
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
So, should the coach have told the player off?
My advice to any player is
If you think you can score a goal, then have a shot.
I have seen far too many players that are afraid to have a shot, and prefer to shift the responsibility to someone else, or think that the best way to score is to virtually dribble the ball into the net.
There are often too few chances created in any game of soccer, so when a chance comes along to shoot, take it for a number of reasons
- Too few chances are taken, so don't waste them
- You will never get that chance again
- Even if you don't score, there is a chance of a rebound off the post or a fumble by the goalkeeper
- Would a pass have made it to the player?
- Was the player ready to receive the ball?
- Would the player have controlled the ball so that a shot was possible?
- Would the player have taken a shot?
- If you can take a shot take it
- If you can't take a shot, get to a position where you can take shot
- If you can't do either of the above, then look for a player how can take a shot
PS I have coached my team to the #1 position in the league through a combination of skills training, using Coerver, small sided games and utilizing the Principles of Play.
Take a look at my Review of Coerver and see how combining it with these other ingredients makes for a winning formula.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
What I have discovered is the amazing development the players make, even at this age, playing small sided games.
With 8 year olds players I tend to have 3 a side on a 40 by 30 yard pitch. I try and encourage the teams to play to a simple formation, which is a 1-2 formation when attacking ( one sweeper, 2 attackers) and a 2-1 formation when defending. This simple game has great benefits to the learning of players at this age because of the amount of space available and the number of touches that each player has. Without really knowing it these game teach the players the concept of width and depth, albeit in a simple way.
During the course of a game, I generally stop the game to explain a coaching point, but limit the number of times that I stop the game, because at this age, players will learn from just playing. The coaching points that I teach are generally quite simple ones and generally revolve around decision making and how to make that decision.
We are lucky enough out our club to have a number of Pugg goals, which make the games even more fun as the players actually kick the ball into a net. There is the added bonus of not having to dispute if a gaol was scored , which often happens when using cones or other markers for goals.
In any training session, try and incorporate a Small Sided Game for at least 30 minutes, and if combined with skills sessions (Click Here=> to see my review on Coerver Coaching System ) and the Principles of Play, your team will develop a Winning Formula
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I would recommend that coaching players under 10 years of age should concentrate on technical skills, and primarily dribbling and feeling comfortable with the ball
Players older than 10 do have a better feel for team work and strategies, but I would try and keep the strategies simple, like:
- move the ball forward whenever possible
- pass the ball into space for the forwards to run on to etc.
- kick the ball wide when coming out from defense etc
- make sure that the nearest defender "closes down" (put pressure on) the attacker with the ball
drills and sessions.
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The push pass is the most used pass in soccer, and is the most accurate.
The push pass is done with the inside of the foot, and because it has the greatest surface area, it is the most accurate way to pass a soccer ball.
There is a great page on how to do a push pass here
Playing the One-Two game
One of the best games that I have played with my son is called "One-Two".
The rules are very simple, and needs two players and one ball.
- You just pass the ball to each other over a distance of 5-10 yards
- When you pass the ball you call out either "one" or "two"
- If you call out "one", then the other player must play the ball to you with one touch. That is first time
- If you call out "two", then the other player must play the ball back to you with two touches. That is control the ball with one touch and then pass the ball
- When the other player plays the ball back to you, they call out either "one" or "two"
- , and the pattern continues
To make this a game, a simple scoring system is used.
- If the player fails to make a good pass, you get a point
- If the player fails to pass the ball with the right number of touches, you get a point
- If the player does not call out "one" or "two", you get a point
I have played this numerous times, and we always have fun with it, so give it a go!
PS I have used a number of drills from the Coerver Coaching System
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