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How to Nutmeg Someone in Soccer

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The nutmeg can be one of the most pleasing ways to beat an opposing defender and is equally embarrassing to the player who is nutmegged.  It involves kicking the ball through a defender’s legs and running around them to retrieve the ball while they struggle to turn around.  With their […]

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What to Do When You Get Cut During Soccer Tryouts

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Soccer tryouts can provide one of the cruelest lessons for many aspiring soccer players.  When a player makes the team, shares a hug with mom and dad, and gets to partake in being “one of the guys”, they feel like champions!  And it is a great accomplishment that one should […]

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A Soccer Diver Never Wins

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The elder soccer commentators always like to insult the soccer players today who seem to be fouled harshly, only for replays to show that it was a floppy dive.  Personally, I don’t think diving is anything new to the game and feel that soccer players have been diving since the […]

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Sometimes You Need to Be a Bit Selfish in Soccer

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Perennial ball-hogs may take this post a bit too close to heart, but while unselfishness can help you make a lot of friends, sometimes a soccer player has to know when to take ahold of the ball and try to work some magic on their own.  Although a teammate may […]

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Fortunate America Escapes From Azteca with Draw

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America took a bold step towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as they emerged from the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City unscathed with a point from Mexico.  In what was highly regarded as the toughest test of the qualification campaign, America showed that they can handle adversity and the […]

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Coach your Youth Soccer Team to Camaraderie

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A big part of winning for any soccer team, whether it is a U-8 youth team or Bayern Munich, comes down to the camaraderie between all the players.  Teams need to have a special bond between everyone on the field in order to be dominant and win on a consistent […]

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Play Soccer with Older Kids and Improve

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One of the things that greatly helped with my soccer development was having an older brother.  Because of a 5 year age gap, he was much bigger, stronger, and overall simply a better soccer player than myself.  Whenever we would play little games in the backyard, competing was always a […]

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The Art of Substitution and Its Importance in Youth Soccer

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Being a youth soccer coach comes with many responsibilities that must be taken seriously if the group is going to have a fun and successful soccer season.  In addition to coaching the kids, yelling shouts of encouragement and tactical advice from the sidelines, and helping young players take the next […]

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Place Yourself in the Center of the Goal and Be Big!

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Playing goalkeeper is often one of the toughest and overlooked positions in youth soccer.  While coaches effectively work on passing, shooting, and dribbling drills, the goalie is often left floundering about with the peaceful knowledge that he or she may use their hands.  But as the last line of defence, […]

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How to Get your Teammates to Pass you the Soccer Ball

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Team sports can always be a challenge when players don’t pass you the ball.  In fact, without the soccer ball, it is nearly impossible to do anything in the game of soccer.  Passing the ball is one of the tasks that is often left unfulfilled at the youth level of […]

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