CLUB REP (7PM) AND NEW COACHES (8PM) MEETINGS TONIGHT 9/3/15 AT SADDLE BROOK HS - ALL COACHES WELCOME
Players Mimic Coaches
Coaches Need to Control Themselves [Because] Players Mimic Coaches
By Randy Vogt
Reprinted from Soccer America
I have been a refere... more
NOTE PROPER PROCEDURE - All field closings due to weather must be reported BY THE CLUB (not by coaches) to fieldclos... more
Small-Sided: Key to More Technical Players
By Don Norton Jr.
Reprinted from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider
April 24, 2015
“Liverpool practiced small-sided games every day and it was high-intensity stuff. We used to do a very light warm-up, jog around the field a couple of times to loosen the limbs, do a few stretches, put the cones down for goals and then go into five-a-side or eight-a-side.
“It was the same every single day. There was no tactical work, none whatsoever. All the strategic stuff was done within the small-sided games. Liverpool believed that everything we faced in five-a-sides would be encountered again on match day. That was why the five-a-sides were so competitive. Liverpool’s training characterized Liverpool’s play -- uncomplicated but devastatingly effective.
“Practicing on smaller pitches, Liverpool was always going to play a short-passing game. We only trained with small goals so there was little long-range shooting. We passed the ball until we got close enough to score. The philosophy centered on passing, making angles and one-touch [soccer].”
-- John Barnes, Former Liverpool and English national team star.
A colleague of mine recently surveyed U-11 coaches that play 8 v. 8 in a travel league. The league is considering having those teams continue to play 8 v. 8 as U-12s.Comments such as the following were noted:
“No one plays small sided soccer.” ... "Real" soccer teams play 11v11.” ... “Small-sided soccer favors slowe... more