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August 22, 2012

Scott Asher: Winning While Building Character

  Scott Asher, Girls Soccer On the website that overviews Arrowhead’s soccer programs, there is a motto developed by a former coach that says, “Working on championships while building character.” Varsity girls soccer coach...


March 9, 2012

Soccer: Keeping your goalkeepers active

So here’s how it goes: "All right, everybody out on the field," says the coach — and then he sees the goalies. "Oh, you two, go over there and do whatever it is goalkeepers do." In far too many programs, that’s about how much coaching the...


February 9, 2012

Did AD Deserve To Be Fired For Eligibility Mistake?

Editor-in-Chief Michael Austin discusses the an athletic director who resigned due to a clerical error costing her soccer team a chance to play in a regional semifinal match.Please comment underneath the video or email Michael Austin....


January 13, 2012

Board Forces Athletic Directors To Choose Between Jobs

NorthJersey.com, Mike Lambertihttp://www.northjersey.com/news/137226448_BOE_forces_its_athletic_directors_to_make_choice.html?page=allChris Olsen has a decision to make. The Wayne Hills athletic director and head football coach must relinquish one of...


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October 4, 2011

Reversing course: The story of the 2010 Xavier soccer team

A blueprint for how head coach Andy Fleming turned around a struggling program [caption id="attachment_25481" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Photos courtesy of Xavier athletics.[/caption] The Xavier Musketeers men's soccer team took the field i...


October 20, 2010

Soccer: Drilling transition movements into players

One of the beautiful things about the game of soccer is its free-flowing nature with the constant transitioning of teams from attack, to defense, and back to attack. [caption id="attachment_13260" align="alignright" width="266"] Photo: Sarah Jones...


July 14, 2010

Soccer: 1-on-1 drills to break down defenders

Using 1-on-1 drills in your soccer practices helps build the skills and confidence your players need to break down an individual defender, which is a situation they constantly are facing during game play. And while soccer is a team sport, it is a ...


April 23, 2010

Variations Of The 4 Vs. 4 Game

Many coaches believe that the best training game is 4 vs 4. The KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association) started using 4 vs. 4 in the 1990s with great success. The 4 vs. 4 game offers many elements of 11 vs. 11, but is better to use in a trainin...


March 23, 2010

Looking Into Soccer’s Future

Jay Martin’s two best sports growing up were lacrosse and basketball — and in fact, he played professional basketball in Germany. Somehow, though, he wound up as the winningest active men’s soccer coach in Division III at Ohio Wesleyan Unive...


March 23, 2010

Soccer: 5 vs. 5 vs. 5 drill

This is a great drill to run at any level because it's easily adjusted to work on the counterattack, playing against a team that sits and defends, playing with a single striker, playing direct, possession and attacking from the back. DIAGRAM: Set ...