The keeper position has evolved.
No longer JUST a shot-stopper, they're now required to use their feet well and contribute to the build-out. How do the intelligent movements of GKs benefit their teams in the build-out?
Here's what I found.
What does intelligent movement look like at the centerbacks position?
I’ve studied some of the best the game has to offer in the hopes of helping my own players better understand the role.
Here’s what I found.
Tactical Theory: The intelligent movements of elite midfielders - 2023 Advent Calendar Series, Day 2
Ever wonder what separates the top midfielders in the game from the pack?
There’s no universal set of physical traits in the middle of the park and you can argue there’s very little separating their technical qualities.
So what’s left?
Movements that lead to goals are the hardest things to coach. That got me thinking..."how do elite forwards move off the ball and which ideas can I deliver to my players?"
Here’s what I came up with.
American soccer players have a problem.
A big problem.
As of May 2023, we have 101 professional soccer clubs for 6,900,000 male soccer players. An American's chance of going pro in the USA is 131,578:1.
Our landscape needs an update.
With ChatGPT's help, I've created an 8-tier professional soccer pyramid for the USA.
You heard me, class of 2024 soccer players and parents.
Take a deep breath and put College Contact Day into context.
June 15th is the earliest college coaches can contact rising juniors. Some of you will inevitably receive a call or email. Odds are you know the coach, have attended one of their camps, or are a nationally recognized player.
For those of you who were contacted, congratulations! This is merely the start of the college recruitment process.
For those who didn’t…take another deep breath.
What can the NCAA Division 2 Men's Soccer College Cup tell us about the average D2 roster? Lots. Using data from the tournament, this article shows the NCAA D2 Men's Soccer roster, positional, and class trends. This article is a recruitment tool to educate high school students on the realities of the collegiate game.
This is the first article in a series. The goal is to shed light on the state of men’s college soccer rosters, particularly for the benefit of high school students. These spots are competitive, more so than the general public believes. Through an objective data analysis, we’re going to put many assumptions to rest.
Coaching movement off the ball is really difficult. The context of the game is constantly changing. New realities emerge, then disappear in an instant.
But, as Johan Cruyff said, “soccer is a thinking game and the feet are the tools.” So how can we train players to break bad habits and move with greater intent off the ball? This post explores that topic.
Preseason is a grind. Managing the grind with outside interests and pursuits isn’t an obstacle to fulfilment. Rather, those core values and desires give meaning to our professional and playing pursuits. Here are 10 tips to managing the grind as you pursue greatness.
When teams struggle with communication, it’s not the act of verbalizing that’s an issue…it’s the quality and clarity of the thoughts conveyed.
Communication starts with a thought.
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