4 Steps to Explosive Change of Direction

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Real agility is so much more than ladder drills, shuttle runs and cone drills. And although there are critical elements of agility that can be trained in each of these categories, relying on these drills as the only source of agility training leaves a huge gap in player development. Agility, at it’s most basic level, is fairly simple…can

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The Most Overlooked Aspect in Skill Development

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There are two sides of soccer skill development… The TECHNICAL side of coaching how the foot strikes the ball, the weight and direction of the touch, etc., and the PHYSICAL side or coaching the body into better positions of balance, quickness, or bursts of power. In my opinion, these physical aspects are overlooked, undercoached and

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Ball Control – Week 4 Day 7 – Using Resets in 1v1

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Now that you are feeling more comfortable and confident with the ball at your feet, we want to discuss options and application of these drills in game situations. In today’s drill, we will highlight the “H” pattern reset patterns and give some player feedback on how they are using these patterns in live settings.
The “H”

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Ball Control – Week 4 Day 5 – H Pattern Hesitates

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This is one of the final progressions in our Ball Control Series, but it’s really just the beginning of our Soccer Skills Program. The patterns and drills you have been working on over the last few weeks are designed to get you comfortable with the ball, and set the stage for our Passing and Attacking

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Ball Control – Week 4 Day 4 – “H” Pattern Combos

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We have discussed the importance of pattern automation and how it provides options for creating and attacking spaces, and in this drill you can clearly see these option begin to emerge. Today’s drills is from one of our Level 4  Ball Control series, the “H” Pattern Combos’s with resets. This type of pattern shows up when an

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Ball Control – Week 4 Day 2 – Cruyff T’s

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Before we get into the figure “S” patterns we want to feel comfortable moving the ball behind our bodies in L’s and Cruyff’s. These types of reset patterns help us to position our bodies in ways that help us shield defending players and quickly switch the directions without turning our backs to the attacking side.

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