Author page: James Dalton

Inside the mind of a soccer scout

:: WHAT DOES SOCCER SCOUT LOOK FOR ::

A scout (in any sport) grade the players in a general category and in a position specific category, evaluating 4 pillars needed: technical qualities, tactical qualities, physical abilities and psychological qualities.
For soccer some aspects included in the evaluation are:

Natural Ability: Speed/Stamina, Reaction/Ability, and Strength/Coordination

Fitness: strength, speed, endurance, agility, quickness, coordination and balance

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The Rules of the Game (Part 1)

Soccer Rules – An Introduction

The 1st part in a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

Soccer, the sport that has been played since medieval times.

By 1860, organized soccer clubs were starting to pop up around England, especially around London and they were becoming semi-professional, as the competition level started rising.

This caused most of the London clubs to meet in the Freemasons’ Tavern in London on 26 October 1863, forming the Football Association (FA), which is still the governing soccer organization in England. They decided that they would need certain rules for the game of soccer if they were to keep on playing competitively.

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Improve Your Fitness Training

Here are three truths that are worth remembering when trying to maintain fitness or trying to recover from injury.

It takes two good nights of sleep to repair your muscles more effectively

Most muscle repair occurs while you are asleep. This happens through something called deep orthodox sleep. Deep orthodox sleep last for 20 minutes on average and happens at most 4 or 5 times a night, but on average 3 times. You need 5 cycles to give the maximum muscle repair. A good night’s sleep is when you reach that 5 cycles, but for most that means two good night’s of sleep for fully repaired muscles.

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JUST FOR FUN::::WORLD CUP TRIVIA

P.S ( No Cheating , Answers at bottom of the Page )

1. Who won the first World Cup ?
2. What year was the first World Cup held ?
3. Which country holds the Most World Cup Titles ?
4. Where was the first World Cup held ?
5. Which country has been beaten the most times in the final ? (Hint:: Lost 3 times)
6. Which country is the only one to have played in every World Cup ?
7. What type of animal was the 1966 World Cup Mascot ?

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Defending the Set Play

A BASIC INTRODUCTION TO DEFENDING THE SET PLAY

FREE KICKS, including corners and throw-ins are match winning situations, so defending at set-plays needs informed planning if you do not want to concede goals.

Consider the games dead ball specialists: David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Zola and Dennis Bergkamp. All these players and many more practice for hours perfecting their technique but as defenders how often do you practice defending against them? Very little I expect.

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The Rules of the Game (Part 2)

 Soccer Rules – An Introduction (Part 2)

 This is the 2nd part of a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

6. The Assistant Referees – The assistant referees are placed on the sides of the pitch (one each) and their main role is to help the main referee with some decisions. Actually, the assistant referee has no decision power, he can only signal a game issue (an offside, a foul, handball and so forth) but it’s up to the central ref if he’s or she is going to take up the assistant’s advice.

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The Rules of The Game (Part 3)

Soccer Rules – An Introduction

This is the 3rd part of a 3 part series on the 17 basic rules in the game of soccer

 11. The Offside Rule – It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position.

A player is in an offside position if:
• he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent
A player is not in an offside position if:
• he is in his own half of the field of play
• he is level with the second last opponent
• he is level with the last two opponents

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Coaching Kids Soccer

Thinking about Coaching a Kids Team???

At some time everyone that has a child gets asked to become a soccer coach. Some people are dubious when they are asked to coach their child’s soccer team. The fear lies in nerves. Your first time as a soccer coach should be a pleasant one for players, parents, and most of all you. These are some important tips that will make the experience, if you choose to take it, enjoyable

Tip 1

ALWAYS BE POSITIVE :: This is essential with everyone involved, including the parents, players, the other coaches.

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Skill Development – Shielding the Ball

SHIELDING THE BALL

The clock is ticking, your team is holding on to a slim one goal lead and YOU get ball possession deep in your own half. Do you try to move the ball forward ? Pass the ball to a fellow player ?

NO !!

Professionals learn to shield a ball. It is one of the most important soccer techniques used to keep possession in a tight space.

What is Shielding ?

When a player in possession of the ball puts his body between the ball and the opposing player creating a physical barrier. This ball protection is called shielding.

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Goalkeeping 101

SKILLS THAT MAKE A GOALKEEPER A GREAT KEEPER

Reflexes – This is the speed that the goalkeeper is able to react to a situation and/or a ball.

Pressure Decisions – Decisions made under pressure sometimes lead to wrong actions like coming out of the box to soon or trying to tackle a ball from an attacker when you have a defender in the area. Bad goalkeeper decisions lead to goals.

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