Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Jurgen Klopp believes fierce competition for places will help ensure that Liverpool take the “next step” this season. The Reds boss says that it is inevitable that some players will be fuming when he picks his line-up for the Premier League home opener at Watford next Saturday. 

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Driving a Ball

Driving a Ball

One of the issues our coaches must address with our young players is the ability to drive a ball straight with no side spin. Many of our players kick around the ball and hook it. If this is not corrected when the players are young they will be saddled with a very poor kicking technique and will not be able to change the point of attack, effectively, nor will they be able to drive the ball to a center forward or start an effective counter attack.

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Developing Midfielders - Position Specific Coaching

Developing Midfielders - Position Specific Coaching

To develop truly gifted midfielders, and players in general, American coaches should review the advantages of Position Specific Coaching. Dick Bate’s recommendation is to conduct Position Specific Coaching Sessions at least once a week. The coach of the U/15’s could be the back line coach, U/16’s would be midfield and U/17’s would be an expert in striker play. It is important that the entire staff buy into the concept and watch inner club games on a regular basis which are highly experimental involving coach interruptions, 3 x 30 minute halves, man to man for one third, playing with three at the back, man marking an opposing star player etc. 

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Coaching in the Game Methodology

Coaching in the Game Methodology

Simply put Coaching in the Game (CIG) involves coaching players in an even sided game with limited or no artificial teaching conditions (e.g. coned areas, limits on touches, uneven numbers in certain areas of the field, etc.). The CIG session is the ultimate test of a coach’s knowledge and expertise as it tests an individual’s ability to analyze the game and addresses very specific areas, areas which are directly related to the actual game and the needs of the players within the game.

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Technical Corrections in Striking and Receiving the Ball

Technical Corrections in Striking and Receiving the Ball

The youth coach is the most important teacher of the game in our country. More important than the MLS coach, more important than National Team coaches, and more important than top-level college coaches. It is the youth coach who helps young players develop an appetite for the game and develop the correct technical and tactical habits. Two of the most common technical flaws young players have is the inability to receive a ball and the inability to drive the ball forward with accuracy and velocity.

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