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Goalkeeping Begins at U-10 Part II

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

Well, I have enjoyed reading the discussion on when the role of a goalkeeper should be introduced in youth soccer. I applaud those involved, as I feel that open debate is a sound educational approach to sharing information.

There are domains of development that all humans go through. Those domains are...

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Developmentally Appropriate

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

One aspect of the National Youth License and the U6/U8 Youth Module and the U10/U12 Youth Module courses we emphasize, since it impacts all age groups, is the idea of training and game-day appropriateness for an age group.  So, here's the definition of developmentally appropriate.
 
How does the term...

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Goalkeeping begins at U-10

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

I had the following interaction with a coach in Florida not long ago:
 
Sam, can you send me some good articles or a comment on why we should play without goalies at U-8? I am trying to influence a club to change to this format.
 
The U-8 age group is still in an egocentric phase of psychological...

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Are you Important as a Coach?

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

Youth coaches play a very important part in the growth and development from U-6 to U-12 in the game of soccer. One of the most important areas that with the growth of a young player is the positive environment that is created by the coach. Coaches must be understanding, not only in the game of...

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Coaching Ball Skills

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

I get asked some great questions about our beautiful game and I enjoy the dialog. So, here's a discussion on coaching ball skills I've had with a youth coach.
 
I have been looking at the Skills School: Fundamental Ball Skills document. I have also read that the focus should be on technical, not...

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Being a Good Coach

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

Enjoy this insight from our former Women's National Team coach Greg Ryan on being a good coach.

Coaching players to develop to their full potential is more of an art than a science. Each aspect of player development must be addressed at the appropriate time and reinforced until it becomes second nature to...

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