I’ve been coaching youth soccer for over 22 years, at every level imaginable. I did lots of federation coaching courses, both in the US and abroad. I’ve always tried to be a lifelong student of the game. I spent ten years teaching coaching courses for my local state association. I embraced the orthodox, championed the tried and true, and followed the conventional wisdom.
Then about five years ago I started to ask “why?”. Since them I have been methodically examining every accumulated piece of hard-earned knowledge, holding them up to the light, and more often than not…. discarding them for something better.
Here is my very personal list of soccer OUTS and INS from those past fiver years. The “ins” are what I am doing now…. at least until I can find something better.
Disclaimer: these are general principles. There are always exceptions and there is never an always
OUT: Possession Soccer
IN: Positional Soccer
IN: Diamonds (no a diamond is NOT a ‘double triangle’. Don’t even go there)
OUT: Play the way you’re facing
IN: Face the way you’re playing
OUT: Call for the ball
IN: Tell your team mate where the ball should be played
OUT: The Five Principles of Attack
IN: The only principle of Attack is Penetration (everything else is just detail)
OUT: Move the ball
IN: Move the opponents
OUT: Get the ball or get the man
IN: Win the space, so you get both
OUT: Simple to complex
IN: Linked activities
OUT: The Game is the Best Teacher
IN: The Best Teachers are the Best Teachers (if you had me as an instructor and I told you the game was the best teacher….. SORRY!!!!!)
OUT: Coaching Courses
IN: Social Media Connections
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