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

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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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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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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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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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“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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“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?”

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The past few weeks has been a joy to watch more and more players react positively to the call, “RECYCLE.” The ball is moving backwards to a supporting player in order to retain possession and provide time for the player on the ball to make better decisions.

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