Soccer Is A Sideways On Sport

Soccer Is A Sideways On Sport

Often the players who were moving into a space to receive the ball did not check straight to the ball carrier (as on the left) but checked at an angle so that they could look over their shoulder to see if they were being followed by a defender (as on the right), which is more difficult if a player checks straight to the ball.  This is an aspect of Brazilian soccer I like very much and would encourage coaches to develop exercises which teach players the two habits of checking at angles to the ball and looking over their shoulders continually.

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4 Stages of Technical Development

4 Stages of Technical Development

It takes a while to adjust to driving in the UK. You really have to think about it! I have learned that soccer players go through a similar process when learning a technique. Whether driving in the UK or learning the techniques of soccer there are four developmental phases which will need to be tackled.

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Everton Football Club U10 Practice

Everton Football Club U10 Practice

Undiluted concentration and single minded intensity in practice is not always a hallmark of 9 year old players but these qualities characterized the 9am Saturday morning practice I observed at Finch Farm, Everton Football Club’s youth training Academy in Halewood, Liverpool in mid November 2015.

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Liverpool F.C. U18s vs Southampton F.C. U18s

Liverpool F.C. U18s vs Southampton F.C. U18s

This game, between two clubs with a reputation for player development, provided a soccer spectacle which left no doubt that great players are forged in the crucible of fiercely contested competition against top level opposition. Gareth Bale, a graduate of the Southampton Academy and now the most expensive soccer player in the world and Liverpool Academy’s Stephen Gerrard, captain of England and Liverpool are the products of games and occasions like this. Played at relentless speed, and with splendid demonstrations of guile, dribbling trickery, sublime passing and defensive discipline, observers were left with no doubt as to the significant developmental value of playing at this level, week in and week out. 

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