Positional Play – Principles and Explanation

Positional Play – Principles and Explanation

Before we get into more details and start explaining concepts behind positional play, it’s important to clarify and give a brief overview about it, since there’s lots of misunderstanding and misconceptions. The most common misconception is confusing Positional Play with Possession Play. Although you can use both, they are not obligated to be used together….

More about the game principles

More about the game principles

From the stands, soccer may look like a single, 90-minute-long game that’s broken into 45-minute chunks by halftime. In reality, each soccer match consists a series of smaller plays involving groups of players. Soccer consists of ten basic tactical principles, originally developed by soccer tactician Allen Wade in 1967 called “The F.A. Guide to Training…

The Learning Curve in Soccer

The Learning Curve in Soccer

Learning Curve – What looks good on YouTube, may not be effective to your learning experience. Today, I decided to bring a subject that may be controversial and have some different points of view. That’s perfect for me, because I’m always looking into exchange some opinions/ideas (one friend mine call this exchange “gym for the…

Soccer, a fun game like I used to know…

Soccer, a fun game like I used to know…

Every practice, we start with a small conversation with the players, asking how was the day, how’s school… Basically, to break the ice and also know if there’s any issue that can affect the holistic development of the players, and together with team, parents or teaches we can help. This week, I decided to ask…

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, this phrase aptly defines the modern concept of synergy. For anyone who has played team sports, it echoes the T.E.A.M. acronym – Together, Everyone Achieves More. Coaching grassroots needs to be way more than just teach kicking the ball around, it’s a chance of teaching players that soccer is…

How to develop “smarter soccer players”?

How to develop “smarter soccer players”?

Since I created the Facebook page Canadian Soccer Coaches Network, very often coaches ask me about Unopposed vs Opposed exercises, how can they help develop “smarter players”? First of all (on a very simple way), I will simplify the concept of Soccer IQ in 3 sub-concepts: Awareness, Decision-making and Space-time. Awareness, Reading the game is…

Don’t fall for false promises

Don’t fall for false promises

I remember when I was a kid that playing in the street I found a soccer ball. It was full of mud, and barely could be found in the middle of the bush. I took it home, washed it, cleaned it up and that ball became my friend. We had lots of fun, we cried…