Importance of a Team Captain

A good team captain is just as important has having a good coach.  A captains responsibilities stretch far beyond the role of a field general; he/she assume the role of motivator, authority, friend, enemy, guard, idol and warrior.  A captain is responsible – more than anyone else on the field – for the teams successes and failures.  It is for this reason that one of the most important decisions a coach will make is who will assume the captains armband.

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Rehabbing From a Broken Leg

No matter the level of competition, most of us have experienced a soccer injury. Broken legs are one serious form of soccer injury which occurs at all levels of play.  Some famous professionals who have broken their legs in a game include Swedish footballer Henrik Larsen when playing for Rangers, Eduardo da Silva when playing of Arsenal, Alan Smith and Antonio Valencia who each broke a leg while playing for Manchester United. Obviously, this type of injury can happen to any one of us.

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Christine Sinclair: The face of Canadian Women’s Soccer

Canada’s women national team is lucky to have Christine Sinclair as a player. Not only is she player and captain but she’s been part of the national program for a decade now. All of that and she’s only 28 years old. Some of Sinclair’s career highlights include being selected as the winner of the Canadian Player of the Year award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has played a total of 19 games for Canada’s U19 and U20 team having scored 27 goals in those games. 

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Neymar – The New Pelé

With much action to occur in the transfer market this summer we take a look at one of the best athletes set to grace the European stage. His name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior but he is better known simply as Neymar. The not so tall, skinny but lightning quick forward has a bright future ahead of himself. He is able to attack any defender with extreme pace and smooth step overs that are mesmerizing to watch.

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Don’t take it personally

My team had a game recently and, because of my injury, I was sitting on the bench with our coach and other team-mates.  When you remove yourself from the game, you take on a different perspective and, therefore, see the game differently.  Your experience of the game is entirely different.  The very first thing I realized is  just how many bad decisions my team-mates were making.  It’s not to say there weren’t good decision, and many of them, but the bad decisions really stuck out.

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Opportunities in Women’s Soccer

If you’re looking for opportunities to advance your career in women’s soccer then you’re in luck because there are plenty!  Soccer is the fastest growing sport in North America, along with basketball. Not only that but more girls are being registered than boys. With that being the case there are an abundance of opportunities to move your way up not only as a player, but as a referee in the women’s game.

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2011 Champions League Final

Now that this year’s Champions League winner has been crowned, we can learn a little from the teams that competed in this competition. First off, between Man United and FC Barcelona, the two best teams in Europe were in the final. Both teams deservedly made their way to the final and each spoke with tremendous respect for one another prior to the match which is great to see in professional football.

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Soccer, purity &…racism?

The modern game of soccer is diluted.  In many of my blogs, I’ve talked about my frustration with the path the game has taken.  Rather than developing the game to embody its purist form, the focus has been on developing bigger, faster and stronger players.  As the French National head coach put it, when referring to his French domestic league, players are relying on brute strength. 

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Cool, calm & collected

The paradox of the modern soccer game is that it has gravitated towards speed and quickness, however, more than ever, the need for composure is colossal.  Players and teams alike seem to have trouble finding patience on the field when all of the expectations are geared towards flashy moves, explosive runs and fabulous goals.  What soccer is missing, is the development of players who have a sobering affect on the game.

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Getting Creative on penalty kicks

It’s great to see players become more confident in trying new and creative ways to score from the penalty spot. Besides placing the ball in one of the corners, the chip shot has become the ultimate “ballsy” shot. You must be more confident than ever to attempt this shot. Not only that but you must practice this shot over and over otherwise it can end up backfiring you. However, there is a new shot that is arguably more daring and it’s called the “back flip shot.”

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Secrets to taking a penalty kick

There are many ways to take a penalty kick. You can approach the ball from different angles, distances, and strike the ball with a different part of the foot and with a different force. To each his own. However, there are a few universal tips to taking a penalty that must be followed in order to be successful. Below I have shared a couple…

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