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Gareth Bale is an All-Around Player with World Class Abilities

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Ever since his delightful performance against Brazilian star Maicon of Inter Milan in 2010, Gareth Bale has taken the soccer world by storm and looks destined to be held in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.  His pace and stunning left-footed shots have left goalies floundering, and […]

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Focus on the Positives With your Soccer Team

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Soccer teams need a positive energy to sustain success and find happiness.  Especially at the youth level, you want your players to enjoy the sport and find joy in playing soccer.  Although winning is always important to any competitive person, if a coach can focus on positives during the games, […]

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When Shooting: Choose Placement over Power

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Although the thunderous blasts from 20 yards out make for exciting highlight reels and thrilling goals, too often when a soccer player attempts the stunning shot the ball goes far high and wide of the goal.  Keeping calm and focusing on aiming the ball efficiently at the target can be […]

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How to Handle a Heartbreaking Loss in Youth Soccer

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When a young soccer team is simply outclassed by their opponents and loses by three or more goals, it is understandable.  The players will be down but they know why they lost, as they simply weren’t good enough.  The difficult losses are the ones where your team felt they had […]

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How to Get More Assists on Your Soccer Team

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Everyone loves the awesome moment of scoring a goal in a soccer match, but often times the striker isn’t the most important player on the team.  The players that often make the difference in games are the providers, the soccer players who rack up assists as the play their teammates […]

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Understanding the Importance of Shin Guards in Youth Soccer

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As a youth soccer coach, player safety should be taken as seriously as anything else that you are teaching your players.  A young child getting injured is the nightmare of any parent and can often leave a coach feeling responsible if they haven’t taken precautionary measures to preserve their health.  […]

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How to Deal with the High Speed and Intensity of Indoor Soccer

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Indoor soccer is a very condensed and intense game.  The small arenas and slick turf surface makes the outdoor soccer game feel like a large range of spacious meadows by comparison.  Due to this limited field size, the indoor soccer game is compacted and thus more quick and fast paced.  […]

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What Aspects of Professional Soccer can You Present to Your Team?

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I am a huge advocate of showing professional soccer games to young players so that they can watch and learn from the world’s best soccer players.  However, the level of play is at an entirely different place and there are certain things that are practically useless for youngsters to see […]

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The Dangers of Being a Ball Boy

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Usually around the high school level of soccer, games are important enough and have enough fans to sometimes require several ball boys to be located around the field in order to keep the game moving and help the players make quick throw-ins.  But the dangers of such a role were […]

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Indoor Soccer is a Safer Sport than Outdoor Soccer

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Outdoor soccer can often be a harmful game to the players.  With such large fields and lengthy matches, players repeatedly put heavy strain on their bodies and endure spells on the sidelines with pulled muscles and related injuries.  Additionally, the heavy tackles inflicted during matches can result in countless major […]

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