Many athletes tend to forget how important hydration and nutrition are when the weather turns colder. The cold air can suppress feelings of thirst, leading athletes to not drink as much as they should during outdoor exercise in cold weather. The water or sports drink they were used to drinking in hot weather might not have the same rejuvenating effect if the liquid has turned very cold or freezing . . .
Having few or no subs is something that many teams experience on game day from time to time. Some players have other family commitments on a particular weekend, or maybe your players are also playing for other teams. Regardless, if you know you are going to be down players for an upcoming game, it helps to plan a strategy early and even implement some no-sub situations at that week's practice if . . .
The US Soccer Federation offers coaching education classes at every level for soccer coaches in the United States. A recent revamp changed the scope of coaching licenses, dividing between grassroots and professional. This replaces the old National Youth and E license courses, with several of the grassroots courses offered online. It also requires signing up online for US Soccer's Learning . . .
As we head into Fall and the end-of-season outdoor tournaments, it is time to start thinking about indoor soccer as a means to keep your team in shape during the off-season. However, indoor soccer is a much different game than the outdoor one, so as a coach you need to be prepared to make some changes in your practice routine and field set-up.First of all, depending on the age and level of your . . .
As a coach, you may want to ask one of your parents or your assistant coaches to keep stats for you during the game. This way, you can keep track of how many shots or goals you got off against a particular team, how different players are faring in different positions, and how your goalkeeper matches up to the opposing goalkeeper. Keeping stats in a soccer game is not too difficult-- the main place . . .
USMNT soccer player and now assistant soccer coach Josh Wolff explains how to juggle a soccer ball. Over his career, Josh made 319 appearances at club level scoring 94 goals and 52 games with the USMNT scoring 9 times. He won the MLS Cup in 1998 with the Chicago Fire and two U.S. Open Cups. At international level, he was part of the Gold Cup winning squads in 2002 and 2005. When I was a youth . . .
There are several keys to an effective attack, but the concept can be broken down into three simple ideas. Players must 1) penetrate 2) support and 3) make runs in order to maintain possession en route to scoring a goal. The first attacker The first attacker is the player who first makes an offensive movement towards the opponent’s goal. He attempts to penetrate, whether by . . .
As the dog days of summer are here, you or your players may be gearing up for end of summer practices and tournaments. Be prepared for playing in especially hot weather and fighting dehydration, and you will be able to run a more effective summer session. Hot weather will directly affect your players' performance. In hot weather, players are less able to run the same distances that they could . . .
Any soccer coach wants their players to improve, but sometimes it is hard to quantify that progress. That’s why it can be a good idea to use statistics to illustrate the progress of your players. We are not talking about goals and assists either. Any time you measure a physical ability on the soccer field, you are using statistics. The USMNT does the exact same thing when they train. Usually, at . . .
Saying that there are no set plays in soccer is one of the biggest misconceptions in the game. While the action is free-flowing, it may be hard to notice that players are making runs and passes to spots they have rehearsed in practice. In dead ball situations though, teams can work on plays to get the ball right where they want it. A throw-in is a perfect opportunity to perform a set play, . . .