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North Carolina Courage: New Training Game

Thanks to Paul Riley and the rest of the staff at NWSL’s Carolina Courage, I was fortunate enough to see a training game that I had never seen before.  It will be added to my training games library immediately as it ticks a number of necessary youth player development boxes.

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Challenging Players To Take Individual Responsibility For The Ball

Scott Daiutolo is a coach with West-Mont United Soccer Association in southeastern Pennsylvania, a four-time National Champion with Radnor United’s men’s adult soccer team, played Division I college soccer at…

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Pitches

The vast majority of players & coaches just accept any surface that is relatively flat, stone/dirt free and flat. We just accept a pitch for what it is – a playing surface to facilitate a game, come rain or come shine, mud, snow and sometimes ice. Former Director of Soccer Development for the Maryland State Soccer Association, Graham Ramsay, shares his thoughts.

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Pet Peeve

Some thoughts on why ‘two-footed-ness’ is essential in today’s game.

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The Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, Blue Wristbands And Little Miss Small Fry

Anthony Latronica, Co-founder and Vice President of SoccerSpecific, reflects on his recent experience working at the 2017 NativeVision Sports and Lifeskills Camp. Don’t miss this great read!

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The Acorn League

Graham Ramsay gives his thoughts on an important question: “How can we transform this mass of soccer players in the USA to become a power in every sense of the word?”

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Parents Must Play

This past week I did something I have never done before in coaching….I invited the parents of our youth academy (U9/U10) players to come out for a match against their children.

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Can’t Pass Can’t Play Blog Announcement

SoccerSpecific is joining forces with Can’t Pass, Can’t Play to host the Can’t Pass, Can’t Play blog by Erik Imler, Retired Professional Player, NCAA Champion (1989, 1991, 1992), and 1992 U.S. Olympic Team Member (Barcelona, Spain). Read the full announcement!

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Heading Against The Wall

A two minute explanation of proper technique followed by 15 minutes of practice on his own was all that was necessary to introduce my son to the concept of heading. While reaching his Day 1 goal of 5 headers against the wall, I saw his confidence grow in a very short period of time.

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Purist Or Pragmatist?

Which coach are you?

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Tactical Inflexibility

“Does your team have the ability to shift their tactical approach based on the game they are playing? Or does your team try impose the style they adopt from the opening kick of the ball until the final whistle?

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Sweeper Keeper

“Why does it seem that most coaches are so hesitant to develop the GK position? Why is that I rarely hear another coach talk to his GK during the flow of play?”