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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 ...

February 10, 2010

Yeagley Named Indiana Soccer Coach

After a national search, Indiana University has hired Todd Yeagley as the school’s third men’s soccer coach. Yeagley played at Indiana earned National Player of the Year honors and making the All-American team four times. He had been the ...

February 10, 2010

Soccer Coach Goes To Haiti, Finds Family

After not hearing from his family after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Guy Valcourt, a soccer coach in Alpharetta, Ga., returned to the country. After a five-and-a-half-hour cab ride from the Dominican Republic, he found his family together in ...

February 10, 2010

SLU’s Donigan Named Rutgers Soccer Coach

After compiling a 118-42-23 record at Saint Louis University, New Jersey native Dan Donigan, has been named the head men’s soccer coach at Rutgers. Rutgers had been led by Bob Reasso since 1981 but he resigned in November.

February 3, 2010

Man with a Plan

Sasho Cirovski not only has a vision and a passion to improve and promote college soccer but the knowledge and the dedication to pursue new ideas. COACH: You grew up in Vratanica, a small village in Vardar Macedonia before immigrating to Canada at...

February 3, 2010

Growing the Game

An interview with Hank Steinbrecher, the former Secretary General of the U.S. Soccer Federation. COACH: When did you begin playing soccer? Did you imagine that soccer would play a role first in getting you to and through college and later in becom...