Friday, 06 July 2012 02:30

How to Be a Soccer Coach for Kids

1 Let the kids have fun. You can't put them down, even if they're not the brightest, you still can't! It will show you're a bad coach and parents will make the children leave the team. 2 First things first, run little drills but don't kill the children by making it too hard.Like wide cone-weaves and just dribbling down the field. But kids love to compete whether they win or lose, so do little relay races at the end for rewards. 3 Cover the following: Pass with the inside or outside of your foot Shoot with the laces not the toes. (this is very important for the next few years) Stop the ball with the bottom or side of your foot. 4 Make sure you're an encouraging 1st coach. You lead children onto the next league and age group, so be the best coach you can be!
Friday, 06 July 2012 02:28

7 Traits of a Great Youth Soccer Coach

Coaching involves more than designing plays for free kicks or creating team formations. Coaching, especially at the youth level, involves accepting a huge responsibility as you are basically in a position of trust as parents put their kids in your care. The youth soccer coach wears many hats. Here are some of the requirements of the job: COMMUNICATE POSITIVELY Being able to communicate with players, parents, coaching staff, officials, and administrators is a critical part of the job. Communicate in a positive way that shows you have the best interest in the players' welfare. TEACH SOCCER FUNDAMENTALS When teaching a sport such as soccer, you must remember it's just a game and you want to be sure your players have fun. Therefore, help all players be the best they can be by creating a fun and productive practice environment. Use a "games approach" to teaching and practicing the skills and tactics young players will need to learn. Also, educate yourself so that you have a working understanding of offensive and defensive skills. TEACH SOCCER RULES Introduce soccer rules and incorporate them into your instruction. Many rules can be taught in the first practice, during the course of game like activities and small-sided games. Review the rules any time an opportunity arises in practice. DIRECT PLAYERS IN GAMES Game day direction includes figuring out a starting lineup and a substitute plan, relating to officials, opposing coaches and players in an appropriate manner, and making good tactical decisions during games. The focus…
Friday, 06 July 2012 02:27

4 Ways to Build Teamwork Skills

Think soccer stardom is won on technical skills alone? Think again. Beyond individual ability, scouts look at how players work with their team. They don't want to sign a player who's going to disrupt harmony within the squad. They're going to research, talk to coaches, parents, and get background information about team attitude. What they want is an all-around soccer player, someone whose teamwork skills will fit into their system from day one.    A lot of players show individual ability. Good team players take the game to the next level.   Training for Teamwork on the Pitch The players who move up to pro teams from international soccer schools average about 10,000 hours of play with the ball. Our coaches estimate conservatively 50 to 60 percent of that time involves practicing with a team. Like any other skill, practice is crucial to building player interaction. Our soccer schools dedicate one training session per day to team-oriented play. Do the same with your team. Set up scrimmages and organized positional plays. Let players know where they should play a specific position on the field. Make it a priority to interact with teammates. Develop an instinct for how each player reacts. Participation is Key It's important for all players to attend the practice sessions. You build relationship with your teammates. It's almost second nature, a sort of inbuilt telepathy. You know where people are going to be on the field. You know what they're going to do with the ball. You build those…

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Mike Geoghegan - Coach

Mike Geoghegan - Coach

UEFA A Licence Coach   Academy Director Kildare Undrage League. Club coach Naas AFC.  Coached Newbridge Town Leinster Senior League Team 1999-…

Eoghan O'Meara - Coach

Eoghan O'Meara - Coach

UEFA B licence Coach  NCEF Qualified Fitness InstructorPrimary Schools P.E TeacherOwner / Director Shooting Stars Soccer School Playing Former League of Ireland…

Aaron Callaghan - Coaching Consultant

Aaron Callaghan - Coaching Consultant

Managed Bohemians FC, Longford Town, Athlone Town and Belfast club Crusaders. Former professional player with Stoke City, Preston N.E., Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic,…

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"Be the best you can be" PureSoccer are looking to provide a positive learning environment for players to develop to…

The Principles of PureSoccer

PureSoccer bases all its activities around the long-term player athlete development model.

Long-term player athlete development is about ensuring our children enjoy life-long participation in soccer and other physical activities. We aim to achieve long term success through using our Guided Discovery and Guided Development methodologies......

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