'Soccer In Your Area' February 2010 - Issue 2 : Page 20

Passing Technique Passing a soccer ball effectively and consistently is crucial in a game especially the higher level you play. 'If your team can keep the ball ‐ then the other team cannot score' ‐ Pass the ball with the inside of your foot (it is the biggest region of your foot which gives you accuracy) ‐ Your non‐kicking foot is your pointer foot. It needs to be placed by the side of the ball, pointing to the direction you want to pass to. ‐ Your kicking foot, then makes contact with the soccer ball and follows through the ball to give it that extra force. The technique is simple to master, but the problem most players have is recog‐ nising which is the correct pass to make: Type of Pass ‐Short ground pass ‐ little force is needed, not too much follow through ‐Medium ground pass ‐ little more force is needed ‐Long ground pass ‐ force is needed with follow through to ensure the ball gets there without interception. incorporate backspin or curve. ‐Curving pass ‐ bending the ball around opponent for a pass; needs slight spin on the ball ‐Medium and long air pass ‐ using more of wedge type motion with your foot (the side of you big toe). Weight of pass ‐ a little force ‐ more force needed. Direction Your Team mate makes a straight run YOU NEED to make a diagonal pass Your Team mate makes a diagonal run YOU NEED to make a straight pass Left and right defenders needs to play alot of straight and diagonals balls but want keep away from making square ball across the back. Do you make a pass in the air or on the ground factors: ‐ Weather conditions windy (keep on ground as much as possible) ‐ Field conditions good / bad ‐ Position on the field ‐ Position of your team mate and opponents There is alot to think about, but when you play regularly it becomes natural thinking. Now the key is keeping possession of the ball. But my best advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE ‐ Alvin Murray RECEIVING GROUND BALLS Building a Team Consciousness In competitive leagues, teams often stay together and play multiple seasons. This is often not the case with semi‐ competitive or recreation leagues, which makes it more difficult because your players have not necessarily played together in the past. Building a team like atmosphere is important for the suc‐ cess of any soccer team and should be a priority for any coach. Players can learn best in a non‐threatening and constructive environment where they will not be chastised or made fun of when they make a mistake. They will be most successful in a positive environment where they re‐ ceive support from their coaches and peers. I’ve found the best way to promote team play and to a certain extent friendship, is to force everyone to play to‐ gether. When you break off into small‐sided drills, don’t let the kids pick the teams! Do it for them because you can split up “problems” and make sure the teams are fair. Force kids that don’t talk to each other much to play on the same team together. Eventually their relationship, and the team’s togetherness should improve. Over the span of the season you will likely have a few con‐ flicts between players. Players often attend the same schools, or have played together previously and come in with a prior relationship. Sometimes people don’t get along. Also, it is important to note that there is usually a pecking order among teenagers, especially boys. As a coach, make sure this never manifests itself in prac‐ tice. Do not let players criticize or pick on one another! If you notice any conflicts pull both boys aside, treat them as equals and make sure they squash it. Send them on a run together, and if one kid is picking on the other make sure that he knows that his actions are not tolerable. You want all of your players to feel comfortable when they come to practice because it will be more fun for them. If soccer is fun, they will more likely be able to learn and improve. Team togetherness is arguably more important in soccer than any other sport. Do not underestimate its importance to your success as a head coach. SHIELDING If you are a Coach and can share any soccer tips, techniques and advice,; please send info to admin@almsports.com (Subject: coaching corner)

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