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April 16, 2019

It has become commonplace among many coaches that our youngest players need to master technique before learning tactics.  After all, how can we teach players to switch the point of attack if they can’t even pass or control the ball?

The logic behind this philosophy is m...

March 13, 2019

Many coaches, when we are conducting training sessions, will emphasize certain actions that we want our players to do. We want players to consistently perform these actions to make them more aware of their surroundings and be able to make better decisions.

For example,...

December 18, 2015

“We just worked on this at practice! Why aren’t you doing it?!” and “we dominated possession but just couldn’t score” are two very common phrases by coaches. Very knowledgeable coaches at that. These coaches played and know the game very well, but for some reason, thei...

October 23, 2015

If you speak to most knowledgeable coaches, they will tell you that players at young ages need to focus mostly on technique first; tactics become more important later. This is sound advice. After all, what good is a strategy if you don’t have the technical skills to ex...

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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