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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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…