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The element of surprise: Playing creative offense (03/14)

A practice session for U6–U10, focusing on 1 v. 1 and combination play

With winter behind us, creative play becomes an important focus of our spring training sessions. In today’s soccer it’s easier than ever for defenders to predict their opponents’ next move. That’s why it’s so important for attackers to be able to surprise the other team with unexpected plays—a skill even the very youngest players can begin to learn.

Coerver Coaching: Teaching the skills to win (03/14)

Why you need to perfect your technique to have a career in soccer

“The team is the star”—it’s a classic soccer saying, and not something Alfred Galustian would necessarily deny. But for the cofounder and director of Coerver Coaching, the quality of the team depends mainly on the abilities of its individual players. So the Coerver system breaks down the game of soccer to its most basic level, for one reason: to develop outstanding players. We got a closer look at Coerver at a coaching class held at 1. FC Köln’s youth development center.

From 1 v. 1 to 2 v. 2: Creative dribbling games (02/14)

A practice session for ages U6–U10, focusing on dribbling technique

Dribbling training improves possession skills and builds creativity as well. In the games below, players start out in 1 v. 1 situations, which gives them plenty of opportunities to use the dribbling techniques they’ve learned so far. As the session progresses, the 1 v. 1s turn into 2 v. 2s, forcing players to choose between solo plays and combinations with teammates.

Ready for the pass: Training ball control (02/14)

A practice session for ages U10–U14, focusing on receiving and passing

Good ball control is essential whenever you’re trying to move quickly from one game situation to another. In this training session, players are required to use a variety of passing techniques. As receivers, they need to be able to deal not just with well-aimed ground balls played to their feet, but with a whole range of differently weighted passes at various heights.

Games that teach techniques (02/14)

Fun activities for training dribbling, shooting, passing and receiving

We’ve all heard the question—usually right in the middle of our carefully planned technique exercises: “When do we get to play?” So why not grant your players’ wish before they even ask, by using games to train technique? If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to the exercises later. In this article, Klaus Pabst shows you how, with sample activities for each of the basic soccer techniques: dribbling, passing, shooting, and receiving and controlling the ball.

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