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4 to 5 Year Old Soccer Players Profile

INDEPENDENCE LEVEL They have no soccer background. They need others to learn from. You are their role model. You must teach them.  You must be PATIENT! PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Bones are immature Rapid growth in large muscles. Growth in height is more pronounced than weight. Girls will be one year ahead in physical development. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT … Continued

Goalkeeper Training

What makes good soccer goalie training? Good soccer goalie training should mimic what a soccer goalkeeper typically faces in a match. Good training can improve a soccer goalkeeper’s agility, ability to track the ball, positioning, coordination, jumping ability, confidence and reflexes. Important characteristics of a good soccer goalie. The skills and training of a soccer … Continued

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Evaluating your coaching effectiveness

You can evaluate your coaching effectiveness by the reaction of the kids to you and the game. Are they having fun? Are they enthusiastic? Do they go 100%? Do they have good sportsmanship? Do they have a positive attitude? Are they doing well in school? Do they play next year? My goals as a coach … Continued

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How Do Kids Learn?

Kids are nonverbal or, as they reach the high school level, minimally verbal. So, how much should I talk… during practices? Not much. I would venture to say that for U-12s no explanation should last more than 10 or 15 seconds. After that half the team is tuning you out unless you are dressed up … Continued

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Soccer Scoring Blowouts: A Primer on How Not to Run up the Score

I really do not know how to begin this article.  I suppose I could begin with pithy statements about how demoralizing soccer scoring blowouts can be but I won’t (of course I just did).  What is more important is that you, the coach, know how to prevent a blowout with dignity.  In the list below … Continued

Farpost Soccer Goals: Preventing Lopsided Scores #2

This is a tough one…how do we prevent lopsided scoring and soccer goals without hurting either team? I have been on both sides. The first thing I would suggest is to make sure your team is playing in an appropriate league or tourney bracket level. That means the coach needs a good understanding and is … Continued

Farpost Soccer Goals: Preventing Lopsided Soccer Scores (#1)

Most of preventing lopsided soccer scores comes from good intentions and spur of the moment thinking.  But, better lessons are drawn from preparation. The same objectives from training should be used in games. There is nothing worse than overt mercy.  The kids bragging after the game are overheard by the losing team that “we could … Continued

Farpost Soccer Goals: MYELINIZING

I have an experiment for you. Take children of different ages who are engaged in an activity they enjoy. It doesn’t have to be scoring soccer goals! inform them that when the activity is over (about 20 minutes later) they must clean up their room or go out and bring in the mail or do … Continued

Soccer Goal Company Advocates The Diagonal System

As a soccer goal company, the team at Farpost Goals understands that excessive coaching from the touchlines and a demand for more officials is but one issue facing the sport.  Yelling and screaming from the sidelines which is allowed in some other sports further aggravates the situation. Advocates of the Dual or Two-Whistle System as … Continued

A Referee’s Perspective on Sideline Coaching by Farpost Soccer Goals

As a professional Soccer Goals company, the team at Farpost Goals knows it’s important to consider a game from a referee’s perspective, coaches are permitted to provide tactical instructions to their players during the game. Unfortunately in many youth games the most common “tactical” instruction heard from coaches on the field by the players (and … Continued