Things to Consider When Choosing a College

            Colleges and universities come in all sorts: small and large, compact or spread out, rural, suburban, or urban, a close community or one with little interaction outside the classroom, and more or less academically rigorous.  The choices are almost endless. 

            Without some way to eliminate some from your list, the number of schools you’re considering might be impossibly long.  But even if you aren’t sure what you want in a school, a desire to play soccer can help narrow your choices.  After all, there will likely be a limited number of schools where you match the coach’s criteria, and if you want to play, your best bet is at a school where the coach is interested in you. 

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Skill Development – 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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Questions for the Coach

            If you want to play soccer in college, you’ll be meeting with a few coaches.  They’ll be trying to get a feel for you, and you’ll want to do the same with them.  While you’re there, you’ll also want to gather some information to help you decide if you’d like to attend that school and what your chances of playing on the team are.

            Go to the interview with a few questions—and be prepared to make an impression.  Arrive on time or a couple minutes early.  A suit isn’t necessary, but be neatly dressed.  Don’t slouch or mumble. 

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Fundamental Soccer Strategies of the Stars

“I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘born’ soccer player. Perhaps you are born with certain skills and talents, but quite frankly it seems impossible to me that one is actually born to be an ace soccer player.” – Pele

So you think you’ve got the dribbling skills to nutmeg the best? Your bicycle kick wows all of your friends? Think of yourself as the second coming of Lionel Messi? All these showboat moves mean nothing unless you know the basics fundamentals of soccer.

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Ronaldo’s Dribbling Secrets

“Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I’d tell her I was going to school but I’d be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.” – Ronaldo

A skilled dribbler like Ronaldo can destroy even the best-organized defenses and embarrass opponents with slick footwork and improvisation. His perfected technique, combined with strength, control, speed, and awareness of other players on the field make him an masterful dribbler that leaves his fans in awe.

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Goalkeeping 101


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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