Width in the Attack

by Erik Imler LACK of width in the final third of the field. I consistently witness this at various youth levels.  I even see it at the college level.  So many wide players gradually creep in towards the center of the field as they get closer to the opponent’s goal. Unfortunately – by the time…

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Curriculum UNDER CONSTRUCTION

by Erik Imler My approach to our U9/U10 boys and girls training curriculum is under construction…or better stated, UNDER TRANSFORMATION. In the past, I observed the quality of play in any given game through a very myopic lens. More often than not, if the game was a difficult one to watch, the default was typically…

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Communicate No Evil

By Graham Ramsay  ramsaysoccer@yahoo.com One of the wonders of our age is the growth in technology and its many uses in our daily life. Some of them impact our lives almost 24/7 as nearly everyone has an iPhone/computer and headphones. It’s to the point where we don’t communicate with one another when it comes to…

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Skill Acquisition Transfer

by Erik Imler It’s rare that I find myself with opportunities to talk ‘shop’ for extended periods of time. When I say extended periods of time, I mean hours and hours on end over the course of consecutive days. In fact, I don’t think it has ever happened….until last week. I was fortunate to spend time with a…

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7 Questions – Getting Ahead of the Game

Courtesy to Graham Ramsay With the Fall 2016 just around the corner, here is something for all the coaches – Learning to “read the game” is a great coaching skill. Maybe the skill to possess in the heat of the battle to win a game.  This can only be acquired by experience and discipline. As…

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Becoming a Winner

by Erik Imler It is the job of a coach to create a proper training environment. While technique needs to be Priority #1 at the youngest ages (U9-U14), I am a strong believer that we (as coaches) need to do a better job developing leadership in players. All too often, by the time a player’s…

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The Consequence Game

by Erik Imler For the second year in a row, I have returned to Louisville, KY to take part in a college identification camp. The 3 day event is a fantastic opportunity for young players to showcase their talents to a multitude of college coaches representing Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA programs….

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To Drill or Not to Drill

by Erik Imler Since the end of the Spring 2016 season, I have been re-tooling my U9/U10 program in the search to better educate our young players and newer coaches. One of my more recent posts, Reflection, highlights my inner dialogue. Over the past several months I have had numerous conversations with colleagues I trust…explaining what…

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Laying the Foundation

by Nick Levett – Player Development Project www.playerdevelopmentproject.com NICK LEVETT, TALENT ID MANAGER AT THE FA DISCUSSES THE VOID IN FOOTBALL THAT LEAVES FOUNDATION PHASE (AGE 5-11) COACHES AS THE UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES IN THE WORLD OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, CHALLENGING WHY THE TOP COACHES ARE ALWAYS SEEN TO BE INVOLVED IN SENIOR FOOTBALL. Whilst at St….

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