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January 29, 2019

When I first moved to where I currently live, the first job I had at a youth soccer club began in the spring, and after a few months, the club had their annual tryouts. Over the first few months before the tryout period, I had gotten to know most of the coaching staff...

August 31, 2017

August 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the mandatory implementation of US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives, one of which is the “build-out line” at the U9 and U10 age groups. The build-out line is a designated distance to where the opponent (defending team) must...

November 12, 2015

Previously, I wrote about how your style of play is the most important factor in determining how your team plays, and that your system (or formation) doesn’t make much difference. However, once your team begins to understand and consistently, successfully implement you...

October 29, 2015

This was originally published as a two-part series. The first part focused on individual tactics and the second part on team tactics. 

Individual Tactics

When coaches talk about tactics, many of us get excited and love to start analyzing and scheming all the different st...

September 29, 2015

Last week, I published a post titled “Is Possession the Anti-Development Model?”
I suggest reading it before continuing.

In that article, the underlying principle was that dribbling is the foundation upon which all else is built. The word “possession” was used almost...

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