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Soccer Player Skill Development

A Goal Scoring Guide for Penalty Shots

Taking a penalty shot is a demanding task.  It takes courage, skill and practice. Most importantly, a good penalty shooter requires the ability to control their nerves.

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Interviews

FIFA interviews Spanish goaltender Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas is one of the best goalies in the game today.  Not only is he one of the best goalies of the modern generation, but potentially of all time.  He is included in conversations all over the world about deserving to be the nominated as the best player on the planet.  That’s quite a feat considering a goalie has never even been considered for the award, nevermind won the award.  In a recent interview with FIFA, Casillas talks about who he feels is the best player in the world, what the life of a top goalie consists of, and explains his recent success with Spain on the world stage.

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Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

Goalies: How to command your area

Goalie’s not only have to guard their net, but the penalty area as well.  The penalty area is the one area on the filed where one player has an advantage over all other players — that being that the goalie can use his/her hands. With this advantage come responsibility.  Goalie’s must develop the role of an army general and control the area.

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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

Responsibilities of a wall in soccer

There are two main reasons why a wall is created in soccer:

  1. Create an obstacle for your opponent who is trying to shoot/cross
  2. Aid your goalie who has a large net to cover
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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

Make the pass count

One of my biggest frustrations is when players pass the ball in the air when they could have given it to my feet.  The point of a pass isn’t to just get me the ball, the point of the pass is to get me the ball to my feet so that I can make a quick decision without having to worry about bringing the ball under control first.

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Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

What’s the Rush?…Slow the game down

About 8 years ago, my soccer team traveled to Europe for a soccer tournament.  We had an abundance of players that were aspiring to make an impression on the local European scouts.

Part of our experience, while in Amsterdam, Holland, included a 3 hour training session with one of the most respected Dutch coaches in the area.  As we approached the training facility, we were blown away. 

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Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Training & Fitness

Goalies: How to save a penalty shot

Different goalies look for different tells when trying to stop a penalty shot. Some watch the ball, some watch the player and others just guess. Although, in the end, every time you try to stop a penalty shot you are guessing which way to dive (or not dive), there are certain things to look for that can help you make an educated guess.

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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics Soccer Training & Fitness

How to avoid mistakes

Mistakes happen, they’re inevitable.  The important thing is to learn from them.  You want to make sure that they never happen again…or at least decrease the likelihood that they re-surface.  For this blog I would like to demonstrate how a lapse in concentration can lead to a big mistake – a game changing mistake.

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Soccer / Football Opinion

North American Keepers Making It in Europe

I once read an article in a local newspaper about a talented young soccer player who was only fourteen years old. He was asked where he’d like to play in Europe and the boy said either Arsenal or Sporting Lisbon. The truth is that this boy was serious.

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Soccer Player Skill Development

How to Become a Clinical Goal Scorer

In a previous blog I talked about natural goal scorers and some of the characteristics they have on the soccer field. I made a point to distinguish the difference between a natural goal scorer and a clinical goal scorer. In this blog I would like to talk about the characteristics of clinical goal scorer and how you – with practice – can become a clinical goal scorer yourself.

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Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

A Goalie’s Guide to Winning the Lev Yashin Award

“What kind of a goalkeeper is the one who is not tormented by the goal he has allowed? He must be tormented! And if he is calm, that means the end. No matter what he had in the past, he has no future.” – Lev Yashin

So often while watching a game you take for granted the goalie’s importance on the field. He is usually overshadowed by flashier players running up and down the field. The only time he is recognized is when he makes a great save, or alternatively, when he lets one in. A goalie isn’t recognized for everything else he does while everyone else’s focus is on the ball. A great goalie is a general, a chess master, and an acrobatic all wrapped into one. Lev Yashin is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in soccer history. In his entire twenty-two years with Dynamo Moscow, The Black Spider (as he was known as) saved more than 150 penalties. That’s more than any other professional player. It is also the reason the award for best goalkeeper in a World Cup bears his name.

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Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

9 Tips to On-field Communication

On-field communication is one of the most important parts aspects of the game of soccer yet it isn’t always stressed within teams.  When the topic of communication is mentioned, hardly ever does the team go into specificity.  Below are some tips that can help with on-field communication in the game of soccer.