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Long term player development Soccer / Football Player Motivation Soccer Player IQ

Becoming the player you want to be

There’s a danger in assuming your passion and skill will take you where you want to go.  I’ve seen players upon players who have the quality to become a professional simply fizzle out into the background.  This isn’t true for all cases, but definitely for the majority of cases.

Most players are looking for a map: here’s how you train, here’s where you should play, here’s what you should do, and etc.  Although this can be helpful, this is the route hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of players are taking.  How do you plan on standing out?

Instead of following the map, be so good you can’t be ignored.  If you’re focusing on becoming so good you can’t be ignored, you will probably be noticed.   There’s an infinite power to living everyday with this mindset.  Instead of following a map, you’ll create a path.

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Long term player development

A step in the right direction…

The Ontario Soccer Association has taken a step in the right towards putting a greater emphasis on player development at the youth level. Changes will be mandatory at youth level soccer for 2014.

Mandatory implementation for the 2014 season include the following:

*         No promotion and relegation from U12 and below     

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Soccer / Football News

Congratulations to the Canadian women’s soccer team

Congratulations to the Canadian women’s soccer team who captured a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The women’s team not only captured bronze but captured the attention of the soccer world and have helped raise the level of women’s soccer in Canada. It also happened to be the first team medal that a Canadian team has won in over 70 years.

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Coach's Corner

Sitting on the Bench

For many, sitting on the bench carries negative implications.  This is especially true for parents who guide their children through the early years of competitive sports.  These parents continuously criticize the coach and pump their children with false perspectives.  The reality is that not everyone can start a game.  The reality is some players are more skilled than others.  The reality is, you don’t deserve to be on the field…yet.

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Soccer / Football News

talkSPORT to bring free live audio EPL action

Commencing this coming English Premier League season, talkSPORT.com will be bringing the whole world live audio commentary from 380 English Premier League matches. This will be free to listen to live across the world on talkSPORT.com via desktop, mobile or tablet. Wait! Could it get any better? You bet!

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Soccer / Football News Soccer / Football Opinion

Green-light for goal-line technology

It’s about time goal-line technology will be implemented in professional soccer!  For years teams have been eliminated from major tournaments because of disallowed goals or because goals were allowed that should not have been. Those results changed the points in the tables and as a result teams/countries ended their pursuit of championship glory. All of that is about to change.

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Soccer / Football News Soccer / Football Opinion

Referee: are you blind?!

Quite honestly, I’m tired of all the BS relating to soccer.  The sport is constantly victim to match fixing, diving, hooliganism and bad officiating. Soccer is one of the most decorated and historic sports on earth, yet we constantly find ourselves talking about these useless topics.

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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Training & Fitness

Secrets to scoring like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

With most regular soccer seasons under way and Euro Cup 2012 about to take the soccer world by storm (June 8th) I felt it a good time to talk about the art of finishing in soccer. Or better yet, how to score a goal and who better than to learn from than Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

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Leadership Soccer Player IQ

Nothing to prove?

This idea that you “have nothing to prove” needs to be re-evaluated.  If this is how you think then you need to re-think your ideas. Every time you step on the pitch you should have something to prove! This applies to all players at all levels of play.

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Leadership

A Gentleman’s Game

Cico Kranjčar is a gentleman’s football manager. After an injury to one of the players on the opposing team, the ball was kicked out to allow the player to be tended to. Kranjcar’s visiting team gave the ball back to the keeper of the home side in a fair play gesture, but for some reason one of the forwards of his team (yellow jersey) took the ball and tried to score. A penalty was awarded after the keeper had to the bring the player down. Kranjčar then ordered his player to not attempt to score and return the ball to the keeper for an unsportsmanlike and undeserved penalty.

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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

Don’t get so caught up in your position on the field

Positions on the field are overrated.  When a player is assigned to a central midfield role, for example, he/she will limit the options to their game. The thought process goes something like this: If I’m playing center midfield, well then I can’t go there and I can’t do that.  I’m here to suggest that you shouldn’t get so attached to your position.  What’s more important is team movement.

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Coach's Corner Leadership Soccer Player IQ

What is soccer for?

In many of our blogs on Goalden, we’ve talked about the lack of a system in North America to develop players that have the calibre required to play at any level in the world.  When someone tells me something isn’t good, I like to ask: ‘ok, well compared to what?’  In this particular situation, I am talking about the North American soccer system compared to the European soccer system which, without a doubt, is the best in the world.  But what if we’re asking the wrong question?  What if we’re comparing it to the wrong system?  What if we have the wrong goals?  Suddenly, things change…