How to Assess Soccer Players (without skills tests)

By |2019-03-20T22:53:59+00:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Coaching|Tags: , , , |

This is a very valuable read for our EXTRA coaches that need to evaluate players for selection into the program. Tom Turner put together a fantastic paper on the best way to evaluate potential players. It has very little to do with technical skills demonstrated in drill scenarios and focuses on a whole-player evaluation approach under game-like [...]


By |2019-04-20T00:06:03+00:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Advanced (15u-18u), Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Intermediate (13u-14u), Player Development, Session Planning, Tactical, Technical, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This page will serve as a landing page to build out content related to teaching both Core and EXTRA teams to play a possession style of soccer. UPDATE: If you wish to view/print/export the entire series from a single page, go here. What is a "possession style"? Possession-based soccer is characterized by: Methodically moving the ball [...]

The U.S. Soccer Numbering System (What the heck is a #10?)

By |2019-03-17T17:54:59+00:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Advanced (15u-18u), Coaching, Intermediate (13u-14u), Session Planning, Tactical|Tags: , , , , |

At the intermediate level of play and above, tactical instruction begins to outweigh technical instruction. To aid in this instruction, player positions are replaced with a standard numbering system that provides: A consistent scheme/system across the United States, simplifying tactical discussions among disparate coaching staff Refinement of positions (e.g. a defensive vs center vs attacking midfielder) [...]

Sneakpeak – World Renown Youth Training Program

By |2019-03-12T20:15:52+00:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Advanced (15u-18u), Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Intermediate (13u-14u), Physical Conditioning, Player Development, Psychosocial, Session Planning, Tactical, Technical|Tags: , , , , , |

A document was recently circulated which provides a very rare glimpse into how one of the best youth programs in the world was run. The AFC Ajax have helped create some of greatest players of all time including Johan Cruyff. Though this document was from the late 90's, it's amazing to see how well its held [...]

50 Small Sided Games

By |2019-08-05T16:05:54+00:00March 9th, 2019|Categories: Coaching, Player Development, Session Planning, Tactical, Technical|Tags: , , , |

Small-sided games are at the heart of modern coaching theory. It promotes rapid decision making, gets them many touches on the ball, and asks players to solve problems they're likely to encounter in real games. This was a great article from World Class Coaching that is worth a read. Note the variety of goal (quantity/location/position), objectives, and [...]

Coaching Decision Tree

By |2019-06-20T15:14:40+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Basic (9u-12u), Coaching, Intermediate (13u-14u), Player Development, Session Planning, Tactical|Tags: , , , , |

Use this decision tree to help guide your session progression. This is targeted at 10u-14u.   If you adhering to our Play-Practice-Play philosophy, here are the key questions to help guide your players to solutions in a given situation: Opponent has possession (left side of diagram): Defending when not closest/2nd closest to ball - How do [...]

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