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Development

Authors: Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer

In 2005, an operations manual was developed for the state technical directors. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2: Job Responsibilities and the section on player development.

Development -The act or process of developing; unfolding; a gradual growth or advancement through progressive changes…

The truth...

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Improving Our Ability to Strike Balls Cleanly - Part 1

Authors: John Ellinger - US Youth Soccer

Last week we talked about the importance of striking balls cleanly with the various surfaces of the foot. How does the player improve their ability to bend balls, drive a ball over distance to a specific target and chip a ball to a teammate or over the opposing goalkeeper? Let's start with the...

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Improving Our Ability to Strike Balls Cleanly - Part 3

Authors: John Ellinger - US Youth Soccer

The last technique to be discussed regarding this topic will be improving the player's ability to chip a ball. This technique can be applied when the player is attempting a short delicate chip over a defender into the open space that a teammate is making a run into, or a longer chip over the opposing...

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The First Touch and How to Improve it - Part 2

Authors: John Ellinger - US Youth Soccer

There are many simple exercises that players can use to improve the quality of their first touch. 
 
Let's start with just one player and a ball; something the player can do in their backyard. The player would simply toss the ball several feet above their head and then attempt to control it by...

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Improving Our Ability to Strike Balls Cleanly - Part 2

Authors: John Ellinger - US Youth Soccer

After discussing the techniques necessary and giving an example of a training exercise for bending balls in last week's blog, it is time to discuss how we can improve our ability to drive a clean ball over distance. One of the most rewarding moments in a soccer game for a player is right after...

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The First Touch and How to Improve it - Part 1

Authors: John Ellinger - US Youth Soccer

In a previous blog, I mentioned the importance of the first touch. I will say it again and again, the first touch is everything. One of the core objectives of US Youth Soccer's player development plan is for players to become more comfortable with the ball under pressure. After observing several US...

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