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Corners

Well thought out corners are difficult situations for the opposition to defend against and often lead to goals being scored. The offensive tactics used in…

Developing Soccer Mental Toughness

As a former college player and as a sport psychology consultant who currently works with many elite soccer players and teams, the role mental toughness…

First aid advice for soccer coaches

When you accept the role of coach, you accept a major responsibility for the care and safety of your players. Although your children must share…

Football food

Nutritional advice for football (soccer) players, parents and coaches Sport nutrition, diet or food and drink, for football players is becoming increasingly scientific and recognised…

Free Kicks

As with corners and throw-ins, free-kicks are a major source of goals at any level of the game. There are many reasons for this which…

Goalkeeping - Overall description

Quite often coaches wrestle with the question of when to encourage a player to specialize in the GK position. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer…

How to be a good referee

Above all else, be consistent. Nothing drives coaches, players, and fans into a rage faster than having a ref that doesn't make calls both ways.…

Injury Prevention

INTRODUCTION Preventing injury is a major concern for both the player and the club they represent. Equipment, playing surfaces, inadequate or over-training are often involved…

Make your child a winner

I often hear the comment "Oh well it’s just a game!" I wonder? Playing on a soccer team can be an important experience in your…

Nutrition: Energy Expenditure

Meeting energy needs is the first nutritional priority for athletes and one of the most frequently asked questions is "How much should I eat to…

Penalties, Kick-Offs & Goal Kicks

Likewise for defenders, there is a simple but effective rule to respect during penalty kicks. The fastest attackers should position themselves where the "D" line…

Possession

The usual possession exercises progress through some warm-ups involving takeovers and combination play through 4v2 all the way to 6v6 to goals. You can choose…

Principles of Attack

(Based on the USSF Coaching Schools) Soccer is a fluid game in which the player who has possession of the ball must always have several…

Principles of Defense

(Based on the USSF Coaching Schools) Good defending begins with an understanding of how the principles of defense are applied by both the individual player…

Referees

Rooball RefereesLNJSA have a great system of training and utilising our own Junior players (U14 to U17) to be referees for the home Rooball games.…

Set Plays

It is often mentioned that a large percentage of goals arise from "dead ball" situations. However, many teams do not devote the necessary time and…

Soccer first aid - sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are among the most common injuries in all sports, including soccer. Here are some facts about sprains and strains from the American…

Strength Training for Soccer

CATZ STAR Routine – Beginner The CATZ Star was designed to address strength, power, mobility, coordination, balance and reactive ability. The STAR program can be…

The perfect parent

I suggest that you hand it out as part of your welcome pack to new parents, at pre-season meetings or whenever you have a problem…

Throw Ins

Players often lose their concentration when the ball is cleared out for a throw-in. Defenders may feel their job is done and it is at…