“Wow, this session turned out to be brutal!” Or: “Was I a little too easy on them today?” Have you ever had thoughts like these after (or during) your last training session before a match? How do we know how to plan and run the “last practice”? Push your players too hard, whether physically or mentally, and the result could be a game-day disaster. But that can also happen if you don’t push them hard enough! This article will help you walk the fine line between those two extremes.
Dear SIS readers,
Success in Soccer would like to congratulate Germany on its fourth star! The team that won this year’s World Cup displayed a modern style of soccer with outstanding individual skill and superb team spirit. The coaching staff made some great tactical decisions, and of course a little bit of luck was part of it as well. In the end, though, the Germans’ success was not really a surprise. Having spent years evaluating and improving their coaching-education program, youth-development program and league system, they are now reaping the benefits of their diligence and patience.
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