Communication in Youth Soccer

Communication is one of the most important skills for young players learning their trade in the beautiful game to develop. Communication is not just all about players shouting at each other and calling for the ball. It goes far beyond that to non-verbal communication, body language, and even knowing when not to communicate. Here are some of the key words and phrases that young players can communicate to their teammates during games.

Managing Different Personalities on a Sports Team

Every athlete is different. Every athlete has a unique set of characteristics, behaviours, dispositions and traits that make them who they are and can directly affect their ability to perform. Managing these different personalities can be a daunting task for any sport manager, coach or leader, particularly in a team setting where twelve to eighteen conflicting personalities may require managing.

La Pausa – Tactical Analysis

La Pausa - Spanish for 'The Pause' is a fantastically useful skill for players looking to fool their opponents. La Pausa is a skill whereby players in possession pause on the ball, drawing in defenders and enticing them to make a movement toward the ball. After the defender makes a movement toward them, the player in possession will often quickly speed up play or then make their pass or movement in a direction that exploits the fact that the defender has approached them.

Counter Attacking and the Death of Tiki-Taka Football

For a while, tiki taka, highlighted by the intricate triangles created in Spain's Xavi-Iniesta years, prevailed as the dominating tactic of the beautiful game. However, with Spain's struggles in recent tournaments and the much talked about "possession without purpose" that has haunted many teams in recent modern day matches, I pronounce the death of tiki taka.

Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

When Long-Term-Player-Development (LTPD) was introduced to soccer in Canada in 2008, one of its many goals was to shorten field sizes, game times and players on the field in accordance with what would be most beneficial for the development of children. Now, eleven years on from all the changes which have widely been accepted and … Continue reading Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Sometimes we as coaches spend hours perfecting our session plans, making sure the activities are as beneficial and intricate as they can be, only to have the practice fall apart. This article will discuss 4 common reasons why your practice might not be working and how to fix it. POOR EXPLANATION/DEMONSTRATION Players need to have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Best Formations for 8v8

Before the USSF switched to 9-a-side for U11 & U12, 8-a-side was the common standard. Today, 8v8 is not a common playing format. However, it is useful to discuss from a 9v9 standpoint, to elucidate what formations might be useful when a team has to play short. Here are the best formations for 8v8, a … Continue reading Best Formations for 8v8

5 Myths of Youth Sport

Sports have the potential to create several positive outcomes for children and adults alike (Crocker, 2016). However, sports do not always create positive outcomes. This article explores the five biggest myths surrounding youth sports and consequently what parents and coaches can do in order to ensure children stay in sport for life. MYTH: Youth Sport … Continue reading 5 Myths of Youth Sport

3 Essential Reasons Kids Quit Sport

Sports have a countless number of benefits, from physical health to emotional well-being to the development of traits, skills and lifelong friends. So it's a mystery why any kid would want to quit a sport. But then again, there are several factors that just make kids no longer want to participate, all of which are … Continue reading 3 Essential Reasons Kids Quit Sport

8 Reasons Why Jose Mourinho Should Be Sacked As Manchester United Boss

Jose Mourinho was always the wrong choice for Manchester United boss. He had just come off of his worst ever season as a manager with Chelsea in 2015-16, losing seven more games in the first half of the season than he did in the whole of the season before. As a result, Mourinho came into his … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Jose Mourinho Should Be Sacked As Manchester United Boss