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5 Powerful Soccer Training Articles
Players, Coaches & Parents

Compiled by: M.Keli

Click here for a guide to turn any young player to a professional player


Article #1
How To Become A Professional Soccer Player Fast In 4
By Yassine Ifis
Both the professional football player and an aspiring soccer player play the same
game (soccer) but the professional football player uses certain techniques to
excel himself in the game. A professional player knows and uses the different
techniques to strike the ball with maximum power, he/she is an expert in faking
defenders and can dribble with great precision.
As an aspiring soccer player you can improve your soccer skills within a short
span of time if you follow the right training program. Traditional soccer practices
focus on "team building" but you need to develop your own skills to become a
professional football yourself. To become a professional soccer player, you need
to build up your internal game as well your external game.

You must have a Passion for the Game
You may already have a fair amount of passion for the game but the passion
should not be limited to a single player or team. You need to learn good things
from all the players who play the game. Every player's techniques are different
and unique.
You may find several tips and techniques when you observe a player carefully.
Watching a how a player plays again and again will help you learn certain
techniques that he uses on the field. In many cases you can even master his/her
signature moves and practice it.
Having passion sets you apart from the rest of the crowd, you will fight with
courage the knock-backs and hard times that comes through your selfdevelopment stages.
Most people who do not have a passion for the game will abandon the game
when they hit their first road block.
Your Commitment
You need to stay committed to the game from your young age and throughout
graduation. Aspiring soccer player should choose a school team, local club, or
district team with a good coach and attend the classes regularly.


Organized youth teams helps to instill several traits of a soccer player. Matches
and tournaments will help you become a semi-professional soccer player
because you are constantly learning and unlearning everything about the game.
You need to keep moving up the levels of the game and face the fierce
competition to fully mould yourself into a professional soccer player. Join a
college offering a top soccer program.
Commitment will encourage you to work hard and be patient till you reach your
goal. To become a professional player, you need both time and practice.
Talent is found and developed when you practice and focus on your strengths
and weakness. A strong sense of commitment will help you train yourself on
regular basis. You will also find time to attend more training camps to improve
your game.
Being committed to the game will also increase your enthusiasm to learn more
about the game. An enthusiastic mind increases the rate in which you accrue
knowledge and apply it to your game.
The game of soccer is all about moving from lower levels to higher levels. By
learning, practicing and mastering techniques you are taking your game to the
next level. You will automatically realize when you are ready for the professional
circuit, until then you need to keep practicing the right techniques.
Be patient
An aspiring soccer requires incredible amount of patience to become a
professional soccer player. You cannot learn many techniques overnight.
You need to spend months and sometimes years perfecting your game. Be
patient and keep on improving your technical ability at all times.
Always remember that you are exceptional you have your own skills-set and
weakness. You need to be really good at whatever you are doing because there
is not any room for second best in the game of soccer.
A honest assessment of your skills will let you know where you stand. You must
always hone your natural talent because that sets you apart from the rest of the
You must seek your coach's honest opinion about your game and take his
suggestions seriously.
Maintain a great shape.

Avoid alcohol and get enough sleep and take regular exercises to keep yourself
in shape. Living a disciplined life will impact your performance because you will
find enough time to spare between study and soccer practice.
You also need to improve your communication with other team mates. You need
to express yourself clearly, and avoid unruly behaviour on the field.
A well-coordinated team delivers an effective play.
Skyrocket your soccer skills and become a professional soccer player fast
thought Epic Soccer Training a good and reputed guide that includes unique
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players like you to achieve success on their career.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Yassine_Ifis
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8721920


Article #2
Top 10 Soccer Mom Ideas to Improving Your Child's
Soccer Skills
By Michael Zales
The modern day soccer mom or dad is constantly being pulled in all directions.
From driving their sons and daughters to practice and games to volunteering
their time for concession stand duty, a soccer mom is constantly on the go.
Combine this with the demands of a 9 to 5 job, taking care of a household, and
having a successful marriage and you have the recipe for the modern day soccer
On the surface it seems that there is not enough time in the day to accomplish
all that is required to be a successful soccer mom but hopefully my top 10 soccer
mom ideas will help you find some balance in your life.
These top 10 ideas are in no particular order of importance but rather
should be used as a guide to helping you become a better soccer parent.
1. Schedule - The most obvious and what I consider to being the backbone of
success is having a defined schedule.
We unfortunately don't go through life with a crystal ball and unforeseen events
will happen, but in order to be successful you need structure in your life and that
is the result of a well-tuned and organized schedule. All members of your family
including anyone helping the children need to understand and comply with the
daily schedule.
I recommend using your smart phone's built-in calendar or Google Calendar to
write down the daily, weekly, and monthly schedule. What has worked best for
my family is that every Thursday or Friday we cook a nice family dinner and
discuss the weekend and following week's schedule. This work best when
everyone who is involved in helping with your children is in attendance so that
all input and output can be compiled and disseminated and possible issues
mitigated. Additionally, it's nice to eat dinner with friends and family on a weekly
2. Organizational Laundry - We all want our children to be successful so it's best
that we show them success at an early age. There are many adjectives to
describe success but one common thread that resonates with most people is the
necessity of having organizational skills. The common villain to being organized

is laziness. Thus, what has worked best for my family is that we actually
incorporate in our schedule the person responsible for doing laundry which
includes the soccer uniforms, cleats, socks and practice clothes. The mountain of
laundry for a family of five each week can be a daunting task and that is why my
wife and I alternate this endeavor weekly. Doing laundry includes washing,
drying, folding and most importantly putting it away. If your family is anything
like ours then you must tackle the weekly "Case of the Missing Sock" problem.
Any suggestions here will be welcomed because we cannot figure it out.
3. Dedicated Fan - Regardless of the level of enthusiasm your children have for
soccer, you should be a dedicated fan. Think about all the time you have already
dedicated to raising your children in the sport of soccer. Being a dedicated fan
means learning about the history of soccer, learning about the different
professional teams and leagues and the prestige of winning the World Cup. By
expanding your bubble of soccer knowledge you can impart that knowledge and
enthusiasm onto your children who will truly appreciate you taking a genuine
interest in what they are doing on the soccer field.
4. Play soccer - When I was younger my dad played a lot of baseball with me but
we also kicked the soccer ball from time to time. Those memories will live with
me forever allowing me to replay them as often as I wish in my mind. I bet if he
were still alive today, he would be out their kicking the ball with the family. My
son and I have enjoyed watching soccer games and implementing certain
techniques on the soccer field. Both of us have dramatically improved our skills
and are learning a lot more about soccer. Although I'm in my 40's, I'm still able
to play at a level that both challenges my 13-year old son and encourages him
to play harder and smarter. I understand that some parents based on health or
age won't be able to actually play with their children so perhaps you can hire a
private coach but do what you can to stay engaged and your children will
appreciate you for it.
5. Volunteer - From volunteering at the concession stand to being a referee or
coach, your time is appreciated by the soccer community. My wife and I
schedule our time so that we can maximize our volunteer time and still not miss
our son's games. Additionally, volunteering has allowed us to meet and work
with other soccer families. The concept of it takes a village to raise a child is at
the core of being a productive volunteer. Volunteering allows you to stay in tune
with soccer events and essentially makes you an instant role model for children
because they view you as part of the leadership of the soccer community.
6. Fundraising - If there are members of your team that are less fortunate and
cannot afford the cost of soccer cleats, shin guards, goalie gloves etc., or your
team is trying to raise money, then a fundraising role may be your niche.
Successful fundraising starts with having a genuine purpose. Asking people to
separate themselves from their hard-earned money with no rate of return is

anti-capitalism and definitely should not be your purpose. However, if you
approach other parents, local business owners, school officials, etc. with a valid
and detailed explanation of where and how their money will be spent, it will not
only be easy to fundraise but also rewarding. For example, I most likely wouldn't
ask people to give money so that we can buy pizza for the children after each
game but I would ask for a donation for an end of the season party. Another
idea that worked out really well is this past season we (soccer dads) bought
matching soccer bracelets for all the kids and matching soccer necklaces for all
the soccer moms to show our appreciation. Parents from a girl's youth soccer
team heard what we had done and purchased soccer earrings for all their
7. Carpooling - Gas is expensive regardless of what part of the country you live
in so I recommend carpooling as often as you can. We carpool with the same
family that we have dinner with once a week to write the schedule. During our
weekly scheduling session, we assign carpool duty throughout the week and
ensure that our children are aware of who to expect and on what days. We have
also coordinated with our school to inform them that our friends are authorized
to pick up the kids and take them to soccer practice. Our mini-van has served us
well and without a doubt has been a great investment allowing us to transport
our children to all their events.
8. The right soccer gear - When I was younger my grandfather enforced the
concept of having the right tool for the job at hand. In the case of playing youth
soccer, your children need to have proper fitting soccer cleats, and soccer
clothing that is not too constraining. Children can outgrow a pair of soccer cleats
in less than a month so it's imperative that you routinely inspect your children's
cleats. I learned this the hard way when after a game I saw my son's big toe
protruding from his right soccer cleat. I asked him how long he had been playing
with his toe sticking out of his soccer cleat and his response astonished me. He
had been going to soccer practice and playing with his toe sticking out for over 2
weeks! That night when we got home from the soccer game we ordered him a
new pair of cleats from and now I make it my business to visually inspect his
soccer cleats.
9. Individualism and Soccer - As a parent we need to ensure that our children
grow up to become secure and responsible individuals. It's a task that we cannot
take lightly considering the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Being
an individual means knowing your skills and limitations and not being influenced
by trend setters whose goal it is to sell merchandise. For example, my son is a
natural when it comes to individualism. He doesn't pretend to be someone he is
not and he is absolutely happy being by himself and consumed with his own
thoughts and ambitions. Our society is loaded with people who fail to grasp their
own reality and are dependent on others for what I call their "social want."
Social want comes in many different flavours but the bottom line is that it's one

person wanting something from another for his irrational state of being. You may
be asking yourself, how will being an individual help my children be better soccer
players considering soccer is a team sport? The answer is simple: successful
teams are made up of successful individuals. It takes each individual player to
play at their absolute best for the team to be successful. When my son was
younger, I asked him to pinch himself with his fingers. He thought it was an
awkward request but nonetheless he pinched himself. I said, "Son I couldn't feel
that because it's not me you're pinching it's you! You are your own person and
your decisions you make will guide you into the future. So if you want to be a
better soccer player then you have to dedicate yourself to the sport." This
concept is similar to leading a horse to water but it's the horse who must decide
to drink the water. Keep that in mind when you're investing your time in your
child's soccer future.
10. Other sports - Your child's soccer skills can be optimized if they play other
sports. I highly recommend enrolling your child in gymnastics at an early age
because of the demanding strength and precision that is required to perform as
a gymnast. My daughters are both gymnast but when they play soccer they look
like naturals out on the field. As a gymnast you condition your body daily and
you fine-tune muscles that can help improve your soccer skills. Other sports can
be beneficial too but in my opinion and from experience, gymnastics is by far the
best sport you can get your child to do along with soccer.
Hopefully, these top 10 soccer mom ideas can help you become a better soccer
parent and help your child become a better soccer player. I look forward to
hearing from you about your own soccer experiences in the blogosphere.
Being a successful soccer mom requires a lot of time and dedication and we
understand your commitment. Please be sure to visit our site
at http://www.soccermint.com and join our blog to share what has worked best
for you as a dedicated soccer parent. We enjoy sharing soccer stories and are
looking forward to sharing ideas with all our visitors.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_Zales
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8314397


Articles 3
Warm Ups in Football
By Mark Senior
"We must warm up!"
Warming up is often the first thought in coach's minds. Planning as well.
Planning usually forms 4-5 sections. Its regimental.
Planning templates usually lay out a warm up, technical introduction to the
session, main body x 2, progressions and then a warm/ cool down with space for
listing outcomes and evaluation (sometimes).
Since I started coaching I have had a fundamental issue with planning. listing
outcomes is what the coach who is sat mostly alone when planning comes up
with. There are no players (the customers) involved in the planning usually. The
planning is all done away from players. Away from any player input. They simply
aren't involved and have no clue what the session entails until they arrive. How
is this good planning? a builder plans without consultation, the house isn't right.
Its then changed from the original.
It is the same with football.
Planning therefore should be an on-going process that players are involved in.
the younger the players are involved in their own session programme then
better. Maybe write it down but surely if we are to create a culture of player
ownership then the pieces are paper are just that. Also, the reason many people
plan is to create a catalogue of historical sessions, to sell maybe, to publish.
Many plans are never returned to. How many coaches have given a plan to a
child and asked them to take it home and add/ change etc?
It's the same in schools. Planning is a major part of a teaching job. Why? So
supervisors can justify to others what the lessons have involved. They rarely go
and look at actual learning, just what they are supposed to be learning. Again
not developmental at all. Trust is another major issue. People make people plan
as they want to see whats being delivered. Not trusting them to be creative or
come up with spontaneous ideas but to have and stick to a format. Again, not
enhancing learning.


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