Basic Understandings of Structure in Attack

A longtime colleague of mine, Peter Motzenbecker, has written an excellent piece on the purposes of short passes. He identifies two broad ideas behind the utility of short passes, even in situations in which a longer pass that is closer to the opponent's goal is possible. The two ideas behind using short passes are to … Continue reading Basic Understandings of Structure in Attack

Analyzing US Soccer’s Play-Practice-Play Methodology

This month, the US Soccer Federation launched a revamp of it's soccer coaching license structure. Gone now are both the USSF F and E licenses, they are being replaced by eight "Grassroots Courses", four online and four in-person. These licenses are based around the four game models played at youth level, 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and … Continue reading Analyzing US Soccer’s Play-Practice-Play Methodology

Setting a Framework for Team Development, Part II

In part one, the importance of setting the narrative of a team's development by the coach was stressed as a key tool in both aiding player development and minimizing the team's preoccupation with winning and losing. The theory that team development is a crucial component of player development was put forth. The theory that winning … Continue reading Setting a Framework for Team Development, Part II

Setting a Framework for Team Development, Part 1

Youth soccer presents many challenges to coaches who are prepared to go beyond the basic requirements of putting together training sessions, coaching the team in games and managing the players and parents. Those three elements alone are difficult enough and require a wide range of skills beyond simply "knowing the game". For many coaches the … Continue reading Setting a Framework for Team Development, Part 1