Picking a soccer team? Goalkeepers are the most important person on the field unless you’re into losing…

El Luchador the Goalkeeper who snapped… We had a decent goalie. One day, he’s out there doing his “goalie thing”, and he dives and crushes the wind out of a sweet shot on goal. He gets off the ground, looks over at the coaches and transcends into a new dimension or something. The goalie tosses his hands in the air, swings back his head and … Continue reading Picking a soccer team? Goalkeepers are the most important person on the field unless you’re into losing…

Build Aggressive Soccer Teams: Misunderstood

If you can shape a player’s aggression and use it without giving the ref a reason to wave his authority around, do it. If you find a sweet spot, a kid who is skillful enough to keep up with the competition and forceful enough to decrease an opponent’s self-worth, then by all means foster an atmosphere that gives him the encouragement he needs to manhandle, but not mangle, his enemies. Continue reading Build Aggressive Soccer Teams: Misunderstood

Choosing a soccer player: Future potential vs present strength

Power of Potential vs a Powerful Player Excerpt From upcoming eBook… Picking Your Soccer Team: Your Dream Team is Another Coach’s Nightmare I did something stupid. They warned me I would regret it. “Those kids are too small to be playing in the U12.” they said. I should have listened. This was the spring. I had coached two teams the previous fall, U10 and U12 … Continue reading Choosing a soccer player: Future potential vs present strength

How to find a defender: Check their pockets

How To Find A Defender: Check His Pockets And Watch His Legs Excerpt From my new upcoming eBook… Picking Your Soccer Team: Your Dream Team is Another Coach’s Nightmare Two Basic Types of Defenders There are two types of defenders you need if you intend to build a brick-wall defense. These kids work on different terms; both types find pleasure from other children’s mistakes but … Continue reading How to find a defender: Check their pockets

How to find a soccer goalie: Look for the crazy one

“Yes, it’s intimidating to watch a small boy devour a sack of crickets, but you must put this kid on your team. Sure, he’s not right in the head, and he might act strange around the dog, but those qualities are why we need him in the goal.” Continue reading How to find a soccer goalie: Look for the crazy one