Goalkeeper Training – 5 Excellent Tips

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Goalkeeper Training – Challenging and Rewarding!

 
 
Goalkeeper training is not as hard as many coaches might think. There are numerous, amazing tips that you can pass along to the goalkeeper. Here are a few of these tips.
 
1. Teach the goalkeeper to go for all kicks
When conducting goalkeeper training, the coach should teach the goalkeeper to make attempts at all shots. Though it may not be possible to stop the ball all the times, it can be helpful to attempt a block as this may avert more goals as the goalkeeper gets more practice.
 
2. Emphasize quick recovery after a saveGoalkeeper Training
In many cases, goalkeepers will be forced to the ground in order to make a save. In goalkeeper training, you cannot overemphasize the importance of getting back on one’s feet as fast as possible. This allows the goalkeeper enough time to prepare in case of another attack. It also portrays confidence, thereby intimidating the opponents.
 
3. Train the goalkeeper to give full effort every time
Even with the best goalkeeper training, it can be a definite loss for a team if the goalkeeper is half-hearted. Excellent training allows the goalkeeper to remember to keep the effort level at 100% and lead by example with the rest of the team. Half-effort will not stop shots; if anything, it can sometimes lead to serious injuries.
 
Goalkeeper Training4. Encourage the goalkeeper to communicate
Often times, with superb goalkeeper training, the goalkeeper is taught to be in a position to offer support and guidance to defenders. The goalkeeper is the quarterback on the field and the only player with the full field in his/her view. This communications is typically be through verbal instructions. It is essential for a goalkeeper to stay focused on the game, not just the goals.
 
5. Emphasize maintaining a positive attitude and ignore the score
In goalkeeper training, it is important to familiarize the goalkeeper with the possible outcomes. If a goal is scored against the goalkeeper, he or she should keep spirits and energy high to avoid additional goals. It is not a time to yell or hang one's head; it is a time to re-focus on the rest of the game.
 

One Key To Victory – Goalkeeper Training

 
Goalkeeper training is one of the simplest, yet engaging and sometimes challenging exercises a youth soccer coach can embark on. Bringing out the champion in an otherwise ordinary player can be the ultimate reward for goalkeeper training.
 
 
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New Soccer Documents Added to Youth Soccer Coach Website!

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Coaches, we still think about coaching our soccer / football teams, don’t we? This is the time of year we should be studying, refining our approach, developing new strategies, and planning for the first time we get our new team on the field and ready to practice.

Much of our success on the field comes from our study, training, planning off the field, doesn’t it? A prepared coach makes for a prepared team, which can put the odds in your favor to win more games, and have more fun!

The team over at Youth Soccer Coach have added a bunch of new documents to the website so you can work on your coaching over the long hard winter. Recently, we’ve added a labeled soccer / football field diagram, with labels for every line, arc, mark or circle on the field. It’s a great teaching tool.

We’ve also added a 4V4 soccer field formation diagram, a 2-1-3 soccer formation diagram for the 7V7 format, and a 3-2-2 soccer position diagram for those that play 8V8.

Lastly, we’ve added a game analysis worksheet (one of my favorites!). It’s an awesome worksheet that allows you or your coaches to document your team’s strengths and weaknesses against an opponent, and also your opponents strengths and weaknesses. It includes space for noting the opponent’s best players, the formation(s) the opponents use, the opposing coaches strategies/tendencies, and much more. You have to check it out!

That’s it for today. Just remember, if you are in a cold climate and are maybe seeing snow on the ground, it doesn’t mean you can still “work on your game”!

To your soccer success,

Coach Mark

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New Youth Soccer Coach Site Now Live!

Filed under: Drills, Game Strategy, Practice plans, Soccer Conditioning, Videos, Youth Soccer Coaching, Youth Soccer Formations by: Coach Mark
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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Coaches, months of hard work, long development hours, and constant refinement have paid off. What better time to open the doors than World Cup time?

I’d like to announce the grand opening of the Youth Soccer Coach site! This new site has been a labor of love for this beautiful game and aspiring soccer coaches around the world. This new site is a membership site where coaches can join to download coaching information that is much more detailed than what you might have seen in the past, and all applicable files can be edited to make them your own!

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Yes, it’s true. No other website I’ve seen is offering information like this! You can edit the files and put your club or team logo on them, change the terminology to match your own, and modify them any way you see fit.

Many of the soccer formation diagrams we are famous for now have multiple versions of each diagram included, and up to 4, 5, and 6 or more pages of description, strategy recommendations, variation discussion, and more.

If you’ve seen what is available at the Coach Mark Soccer Club website, you’re going to be blown away by what you see at the new site!

We’ve got soccer player evaluation forms with 160 categories of skills and personality traits to assess. We’ve got over 130 of the best training, conditioning, skill development and technique videos to be seen anywhere on the Internet. Soccer information for coaches, players, parents and team managers are all available. I promise you’ve never seen anything like this before.

Please visit the Youth Soccer Coach site now and receive introductory pricing that won’t last for long. Join the site before the Fall price increase!

(Dedicated) To your soccer success,

Coach Mark

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Youth soccer practice drills – keep the kids happy and engaged!

Filed under: Drills, Practice plans, Youth Soccer, Youth Soccer Coaching by: Coach Mark
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So, how does a youth soccer coach keep the players happy, engaged, and interested in “practicing” soccer? I think it is through the use of “games”, not “drills”. I never call them drills until the kids are at the U13 age or older. Younger players want to “play games”, not “run drills”.

If there is a competitive element to these games, that’s all the better. Many young players are already developing a competitive edge. So, use that and keep them engaged in the practice.

One of the oldest, but still tried and true practice “games” is Sharks and Minnows. It goes by many other names, but the concept remains sound. My absolute favorite practice game for the younger ages (and some later ages) is “Sharks and Minnows” – watch this video –

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That video does a great job of explaining it. This game is called by many other names, but the concept is the same.  Keep the rules simpler than those described in the video for 9 year olds and younger. Start with one or two sharks. As he/she kicks the other player’s balls out of the circle or square (you can build one with cones or use the center circle like the video), each of those players then become sharks until only one or two minnows are left. That’s it, keep it simple.

This “game” teaches them 1) ball handling skills, 2) defensive positioning, 3) shielding the ball, 4) short burst movements and 5) lower body control. It’s a perfect “fun” game in a lot of ways, that teaches excellent ball handling and other useful skills without the players even knowing that they are learning something. It all appears just “fun” to them. And they learn some great techniques at the same time!

To your soccer success,

Coach Mark

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Youth Soccer Training – The Eight Basic Equipment Types Required

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Hosting a youth soccer training session can be a lot of fun. When hosting a soccer training session with children, you can expect to see them, their family members, and even a few of their friends comes to watch the training. This makes for a very exciting time for everyone. Coaches get the opportunity to personally develop each player individually, while others watch in amazement at the pure skill and agility of the child that they are supporting. However, it is essential to bring along some basic equipment that is required for youth soccer training.

 

The first thing that you should bring to your youth soccer training session is a soccer ball for each player. While you should allow it to be permissible for a child to bring their own soccer ball, it is important to understand that many children may not have their own soccer ball. There are many children who may simply forget their soccer ball. This is why it is essential to have a steady supply of balls available. Be sure to make a rule that if a child brings along their own soccer ball they should write their first and last name in permanent marker on it. This will ensure proper identification after the youth soccer training session is over.

 

The next thing that you should be sure to bring to a youth soccer training session is a large container of prepared ice water. You can purchase a cooler that has a spout to make it easy to get the fluid from the container. Be sure to purchase a large amount of cups that the children can use. Normally, these cups will become misplaced and a child may use a new cup each time that they get something to drink. You may wish to explain to parents that a child should bring a bottle of ice water with them to soccer training. Be sure to stress the importance of placing their names on the bottles. Many children may even like to bring sports bottles.

 

The third thing that you should bring to a youth soccer training session is enough shin guards for all of the players. It is important to have these items available to avoid the risk of injury in your players. Many children may forget their shin guards, or may not be able to purchase a pair for themselves. However, as a coach, it is essential that you take these things into consideration to ensure that all players are able to enjoy a safe practice session.

 

When coaching a youth soccer training session, it is very important to be certain that you bring a whistle. In many cases, this will be the only method that you can use to gain the attention of the children. This is especially true if the training area is relatively large. You do not have to invest a lot of money into the whistle for it to be effective, but it is necessary that it has a high enough quality to be heard. You may choose to bring a few extra whistles to ensure that you have a backup in case the first one becomes lost or damaged in any way.

 

The next item that you will need at a youth soccer training session is a way to separate the group into teams. This may be as simple as different colored vests, t-shirts of different colors, or even flagging devices. There are many drills and other activities that may require you to have at least two teams, so, having a method of identifying your teams are very important.

 

If you coach girls, hair scrunchies, and elastic head bands can help them see the ball, the field and their teammates.

 

And don’t forget a first aid kit. Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, athletic tape, instant ice packs and many other parts of a good kit will come in handy.

 

Lastly, a large set of cones can come in very handy. They can be used to form the outline of a field, create goals to shoot at, force the players to get in lines, mark a dribbling course, and so much more!

 

Don’t forget to check out Coach Mark Soccer Club for more great, free information about how to run a well organized practice!

 

To your soccer success,

 

Coach Mark

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Soccer Formation Diagram And Soccer Team Calendar – More Free Products At The Club!

Filed under: Game Strategy, Practice plans, Youth Soccer, Youth Soccer Coach, Youth Soccer Coaching, Youth Soccer Formations by: Coach Mark
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Coaches,

 

I’m celebrating! And with good reason. My daughter scored four goals in her last game! So, I just have to celebrate the only way I know how. By giving my fellow youth soccer coaches some more free documents to coach better, have more fun, and win more games.

 

I have to be fair to you and let you know that I gave my club coaches two new files to download for free. One is a three midfielder soccer formation diagrams, with the complete explanation you need to provide to your team. The second document is a graphical team calendar your team manager and your palyer’s paretns will love you for!

 

Go over and join the club to get your free soccer formation diagram and soccer team calendar now! Here’s what they look like below.

 

          

 

By the way, did I tell you my daughter scored four goals?

 

To your soccer success,

 

Coach Mark

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Soccer Field Diagram – are you using one every day?

Filed under: Game Strategy, Practice plans, Youth Soccer Coach, Youth Soccer Coaching, Youth Soccer Formations by: Coach Mark
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Coaches, how many of you are really utilizing a soccer field diagram in your practices, your games and anywhere else you interact with your youth soccer players? If you’re not using them every day, Coach Mark thinks you’re missing out on a very valuable communication method. Youth are visual learners; a simple diagram can make all the difference.

 

Check out my Squidoo lens for much more valuable information on soccer field diagrams.

 

Then remember to go to Coach Mark Soccer Club to download free soccer diagrams for your use.

 

To your soccer success,

 

Coach Mark

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Soccer Drills for Coaches – Practice Makes Perfect

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By Matt Hick

Coaches have used soccer drills for years to teach a variety of moves and strategies to players. While many players argue that repetitive drills are boring, the benefits of practicing the same skill over and over again can make the difference between a team full of qualified players who are ready to go up against even the toughest team, and a team with little or no teamwork capabilities or soccer skill.

The goal of the coach is to find drill that not only teaches specific playing skills, but which are fun for players. Here are a few basic skills drills to get your team started:

Taking Control of the ball is vitally important in the game of soccer. One way to help players learn to gain control is by separating them into two teams in two single file lines facing each other. Serve the ball into the air while each player fights for control of it.
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Soccer Coaching Tip – 2nd Defender

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Coaching Youth Soccer – The Top 5 Factors For Fun and Success!

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By William B

I believe there are 5 key factors that contribute to both having fun, and also being successful, when it comes to practicing and playing the game of soccer.

Make It Fun for the Kids
The first and most important factor is to make it fun for the kids. If you can make it fun, they will come to practice with enthusiasm and with a willingness to learn. That sets the stage to teach the basic fundamentals of soccer.

Basic Fundamentals
The basic fundamentals of soccer are the second most important thing. This must be done at an early age. By teaching the kids the basic fundamentals at an early age, they take that foundation with them for future learning. Like anything else, building a house, putting together a project plan for Information Technology system projects, or learning the game of soccer. A strong foundation is the key to success.

Plan Your Practice Sessions
The third factor is being prepared and having a plan for each practice session. Each practice session should focus on a particular subject. Maybe today we will learn about how to dribble the ball with the inside of each foot, by controlling the ball and keeping it close to our feet and not letting it get too far out in front of us. Control of the ball is a key factor with learning the game of soccer. You can make this teaching exercise fun by having the players dribble around objects, each other, having it be a race with control, etc. The focus though must be on keeping the ball close, using both feet, and having fun while doing these exercises. Each practice session should have a theme, or, an expected outcome of what you are looking to accomplish in that session. Other items to work on are passing, shooting, trapping, etc. Also, at a very young age such as 6 – 8, you must keep the practices short. Young players do not have the ability to stay focused for a very long period of time.
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Youth Soccer Drill: Cruyff Turn

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