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Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking – Part 3 — Gary Curneen 0

Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking – Part 3 — Gary Curneen

One of the many nice surprises on the “NSCAA Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking Course’ was the fact that he brought his entire staff along with him for the presentation. Mourinho’s staff included Rui Faria, Aitor Karanka,  Silvino Louro, Luis Campos, Santiago Lozano, Carlos Lalín and José Morais. Each of them would discuss the area in… Read More »

Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking – Part 1 -Gary Curneen 0

Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking – Part 1 -Gary Curneen

 I have been a fan of Jose Mourinho for many years. When the opportunity came to watch him work first hand with Real Madrid in Los Angeles, I signed up for the NSCAA Course right away. I have observed numerous training sessions at professional clubs with top coaches before, but this was different. I expected to… Read More »

WNT Arrives in Manchester 0

WNT Arrives in Manchester

In this video from US Soccer, we take a look at the group standings and hear from head coach Pia Sundhage and forward Abby Wambach ahead of Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford.  After clinching a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals, the U.S. Women’s National Team headed to Manchester on Sunday for their final game of… Read More »

Drill Less, Play More – Success in Soccer Article 0

Drill Less, Play More – Success in Soccer Article

In this article, Hermann Bomers draws our attention to a common problem in youth soccer training and argues that a good training program must be fundamentally play-oriented.  Taking dribbling as his example, he shows us how practice games with special rules can be used at any age level to promote and develop desired skills. READ… Read More »

YMS Mini Kickers – John Greaves 0

YMS Mini Kickers – John Greaves

In this clip, John Greaves, the Director of Coaching for the Yardley Makefield Soccer Club, talks about his Mini Kickers program for children aged four to six.  John explains how by starting the kids at a young age and in a fun yet educational environment, they hope to “light the fire in them” to want… Read More »

Developing Elite Level Players in a Small Club – Jeremy Aven 0

Developing Elite Level Players in a Small Club – Jeremy Aven

As kids lay in bed at night, dreaming of becoming the next Messi, it never crosses their mind to consider where they live. Should it? So many players around the world have a dream to one day make it to the big time. These players sometimes fight despair, poverty, lack of parental support and abysmal… Read More »

Systems for Players…or Players for Systems? – Dr. Tom Martin 0

Systems for Players…or Players for Systems? – Dr. Tom Martin

With all the top level soccer going on right now in Champions League, Euros, promotion/regulation games, MLS….the age old question surfaces again: What is the best and most effective system to play? Do you play a 4-3-3,  4-2-2,  3-5-2,  4-2-3-1,  4-4-1-1,  4-1-4-1 or some other variety?  The answer is not as simple as putting numbers… Read More »

Recruiting: Now and Then – Dean Koski 0

Recruiting: Now and Then – Dean Koski

Over the last 20 years recruiting has changed dramatically.  I remember vividly that during my first several years at Lehigh, there were only a handful of recruiting events to attend and the majority of recruiting was done by phone through contacting high school coaches.  Most prospects were not pressured to make decisions in the junior… Read More »

Tactical Formations – Jurgen Klinsmann 0

Tactical Formations – Jurgen Klinsmann

In this clip of Jurgen Klinsmann being interviewed from USSoccer.com, the Men’s National Team coach explains that he doesn’t have a preferred formation to use but instead says coaches need to structure their tactical formations to fit what is best for their teams.  Klinsmann varies his formations to highlight his players’ chemistry, fitness and strengths. … Read More »

Great Player Ability – Phil Stephenson 0

Great Player Ability – Phil Stephenson

It has never been hard for me to spot a good player. There is an element of ease, a comfort with the ball, a relaxed, almost nonchalant air when doing ridiculously hard things. In my eyes, the essence of this whole star or the fundamental beginnings of greatness, begins with the ability to play on… Read More »