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Coaching Soccer Weekly: Methods, Trends, Techniques and Tactics from WORLD CLASS COACHING
51 minutes | 16 days ago
#270 Possession Play for 7v7
Last weekend I had three of my teams in a tournament. It was a cold and windy weekend in Kansas. All of the teams played well and make some good progress over the course of the weekend. There were a couple of really good stories that came out of the weekend. I share one about my U11’s and one about my U12’s but you’ll have to listen to those on the podcast. It was a good week of training for all of my teams. I share one particular session that I did with my U12 girls in this episode. Be sure to listen to catch all of the details. In this Episode Today I talk with fellow coach Tom Lelyo about his experiences and challenges teaching his players how to build up from the back and play a possession style of play. Thank You This is the 270th episode of the Coaching Soccer Weekly podcast and it’s also the last one for me. It’s truly been an honor for me to create this show every week over the last six years but I’m going to be taking on another role within my club and as I add that to the teams I already coach, the age groups I direct, the rec program that I oversee and the time I spend as a US Soccer Grassroots Instructor there just isn’t any time left for me to continue putting the podcast together each week. This is something that has been coming for a while now and I put it off just as long as I could. There’s no question that I’m going to miss sharing my week with you every Friday but I knew I couldn’t do the show forever and now seems like the right time to step away. The president of World Class Coaching, Mike Saif, would be interested in having someone take over for me if they were interested and I would love to see someone come in and give it their own spin. If you have any interest in doing that please email Mike at email@example.com
63 minutes | 23 days ago
#269 Interview for the Athlete Maestro Podcast
Our spring break is spread over two weekends so two weeks ago I had only two games two weeks ago and none last weekend. It was good timing though because I’ve been putting the final preparation for our recreational league. That means counting jerseys and doing the schedule. The schedule took about 10 hours spread out over the three day weekend. All of that is done now so just have the coaches meetings to finish before the start of the league next week. We had the only in person meeting for the D License course last weekend. It was great to see everyone in real life and not on zoom for once. There are a lot of benefits to doing the course meetings on line but nothing can replace being on the field with kids and coaches. One of the coaches mentioned that she got more out of our one in person meeting than all of the zoom meetings combined. I’d like to do another in the future but would like it to be in person next time. It would be a completely different experience and a much better one for us all I think. This weekend I have a tournament for my three teams. The older girls have started their high school season so I’m not working with them this spring. A tournament is a great opportunity to knock the rust off quickly after a couple weeks off. We’ll see what that first game looks like but we should be playing well by the end of the weekend. This time last year we were quarantined and only seeing each other over Zoom so I’m just grateful to be on the field with my teams and hopefully, on our way back to normal again. In this Episode Tola, the host of the Athlete Maestro podcast reached out to me a couple of months ago about being on his show. I always enjoy talking about soccer and coaching so I was eager to take him up on it. Tola agreed to allow me to share that interview with you on this podcast so I hope you enjoy it and find our discussion interesting. www.athletemaestro.com Future Episodes I’m in the process of setting up some more interviews and hope to bring you one of those next week. If you’re a coach interested in coming on the show to discuss a topic that you’re passionate about please let me know. I’d love to have you on the show to share your perspective and experience.
43 minutes | a month ago
#268 Q & A with My Daughter Alex
All of my teams played at least one game last weekend. It’s great to get back to outdoor soccer on a regular basis now. After a couple of weeks of training the kids are back in the flow again as well. Our weekly training now consists of a Technical Training Day and a Team Training Day. I’m still using elements of Play – Practice – Play but also working in some isolated technical training during the middle of the session. The Team Training Days are sometimes are sometimes PPP sessions and other times we use other methodologies that help bring out the particular topic that we’re focused on that day. I’m back using my Veo soccer camera again to record my games. I didn’t use it at all indoor. I’m not sure why. It was just too much of a hassle taking it from facility to facility in the winter. I’ll have some videos to breakdown and share with Patreon members in the coming weeks. This weekend I’m going to review on of my U12 11v11 games and post that to the site. It includes one of the nasties challenges I’ve seen in a while. Fortunately, my player is ok but I’m not sure how the player escaped without at least a yellow. As the D License course I’m working on wraps up I lead my last virtual meeting last Friday. It was focused on 11v11 stages of development. All we have left now are the field evaluations and the Personal Development Plan presentations. It’s been a great experience but I’m looking forward to the extra time I’ll have once it’s over. In this Episode When I look back on all of my memories of coaching one day, the ones I’ll cherish the most are the years I spent coaching my own daughter. Today my daughter, Alex, and I answer your questions about the often difficult but rewarding balancing act you go through when parents coach their own children. Future Episodes I’m going to be taking next week off from the podcast for spring break. That will give me some time to catch up on things around the house as well as posting training session notes and videos to the Patreon site.
37 minutes | a month ago
#267 Two Training Sessions to Prepare for the First Game
It’s great to get back outside for the start of the spring league season. My first game of the spring wasn’t even with my own team. I covered for another coach who had a conflict. It’s always difficult to step in as the coach of a team you haven’t worked with before. They don’t know me and I don’t know them. But sometimes coaches with multiple teams have conflicts and we try to help each other out as best we can. The team didn’t really play well during the first half. I talked to them about what I saw during the first have and we discussed how we could do better in the second half. Fortunately, the coach of the team was able to get to the game by halftime. They looked like a different team once he arrived. Having the coach they know and trust can make a big difference in a team. One of my teams had two games over the weekend and another team had just one. My youngest team didn’t play because the other team requested a reschedule. So I only had three games of my own all weekend. Considering I was coaching eight to 10 games every weekend during Futsal season this was a nice change of pace. We’re finishing up the last few weeks of the D License Course. It’s taken a lot more time than I thought it would going into it. Preparing for Zoom meetings and giving feedback on assignments has taken up just about all of my spare time. I’ve enjoyed the experience but I’m not sure I’m going to do it again for a while. We’re already starting to plan for the summer tryouts. We have some information on what they will look like but not everything yet. I’ll share more about that as plans become finalized. Today’s question comes from Dan. His question is about training ‘Skills’. Dan says, “Most of the girls on my teams have the technique down with most of the skills we’ve focused on. We’re just not seeing them used in games as often as we’d like. I just don’t think they’re seeing/understanding the right situation to utilize the different skills. I’ve tried to ask questions to guide them to understanding the right situation for each skill. I’ve demonstrated in slow motion the situation with my asst coaches to use each skill. We have played a lot of 1v1 and used the opposing lines drill you’ve described to work on scissors, step overs and Mathews. A few are getting it, but I haven’t seen the progress I’m looking for just yet. Do you have any suggestions that could help them to better understand and execute skills/fakes in the right situations?” Thanks for your question Dan! The transition from technique to skill is what you’re describing. With my teams we work on the moves and play 1v1 games and everything else you describe. I encourage the girls to make their own decisions in games. They can find a pass or use a move. Over time they’re starting to learn when and where each move works best for them. It’s a slow process but I think it’s best for their long term development. There’s another school of thought that if you ask a player to use a move every time they get the ball they will gain the confidence to try them and eventually learn when and where to apply them. This takes a lot of patience as the kids learn to use moves in game situations. I’ve seen both of these methods work successfully. It’s down to what you think is going to be most beneficial for the players in the long term. In this Episode As we start the season there are so many things that I need to cover with my teams. We only train together twice per week so deciding which topics to cover during the first week is important. It can be the difference between getting off to a good start or coming out of the gate slow. Today I’ll share the training sessions that I set up for my teams during out first week of outdoor training this spring. Future Episodes I’m interviewing my daughter, Alex, for next weeks show. We’ve received some great questions and I’m looking forward to sitting down with her and going through them. You still have some time to submit a question for us to discuss. I’ve created a Google Form that you can complete ask a question. Go to www.coachingsoccerweekly.com/go/alex. These are questions that can be directed at me or my daughter to be answered as we discuss how dads and daughters (or parents and children in general) can navigate the potentially difficult relationship of coach and player. They can be about anything surrounding this relationship.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
#266 Coaching Conversation with Travis Yoakum
With no games last weekend I had time to complete the individual player and parent meetings for my high school girls team. They’re all freshman and sophomores getting ready to start high school tryouts. We discussed their feelings about the year, expectations for high school, interest in college soccer and plans for next year. It’s such a great group and I’ve really enjoyed working with them. Fortunately, I have two or three more years with them since we stay with the same team through their high school years. As a club we feel this consistency is important to put them in the best possible position to play in college if they’d like to. In addition to my player meetings I also had two Zoom interviews. One that I will share with you today. For the other I was a guest on another coach’s podcast. It was fun to be on the other side of the conversation for a change. I’ll tell you more about that and share the interview with you once he’s posted it on his feed. We started outdoor training for the spring this week. There was an 80 degree difference between this Tuesday and a week ago on Tuesday. It went from -20 windchill to 60+. Then on Wednesday and Thursday it was back in the 40’s again. I’m really spoiled with my practice field for the 2010’s and 2009’s. We ended up with an entire half of a full sized field that includes the markings for 9v9 as well as 7 x 21 goals. It’s the perfect training environment. We usually only have half of a 9v9 field for U11 and U12 players. This gives me the chance to do full field work that I’ve never been able to do in the past. I’m looking forward to a great spring season! In this Episode Today I have another coaching conversation to share. As soon as I read the email from this coach I knew I had to get him on the show as soon as possible. He’s the Director of Coaching for two clubs which is unusual and they are located in a very unique part of the country that creates some interesting challenges for him to overcome. Future Episodes I’d like to record more of these coaching conversations. Please let me know if you’d be interested in coming on the show to talk about a specific topic or something unique to your experience as a coach. We all have something to share with the coaching community and I’d love to help you tell your story or share your perspective There have been a few requests for me to interview my daughter on the podcast. Some coaches have been interested to hear how it is to have your father as a coach. I put the idea out to our Patreon Members this week and they were overwhelmingly positive about the idea. The one challenge for me is trying to figure out what questions to ask her that would be interesting for you to hear her talk about. I have some obviously but I thought I’d open it up to you as well. I’ve created a Google Form that you can complete to submit questions that you’d like to hear us discuss. Go to www.coachingsoccerweekly.com/go/alex. These are questions that can be directed at me or my daughter to be answered as we discuss how dads and daughters (or parents and children in general) can navigate the potentially difficult relationship of coach and player. They can be about anything surrounding this relationship.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
#265 What My Teams Learned from Futsal this Year
We finished up our Futsal season last weekend with the US Youth Futsal Regional Tournament. It was a patch-work event because teams dropped out last minute due to a winter storm coming through. Then some left early because they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to get home on Sunday. We should have been playing Futsal Nationals but that was pushed back due to Covid. It was a bit of an anticlimax that’s the kind of year it’s been. All but one day of practices where canceled this week due to the extreme cold and snow storms that swept across the Midwest. My 2005’s were suppose to play in an outdoor showcase this weekend but that was another casualty of the cold weather. That means that their club soccer year is over. Tryouts start the first week of March. I’m left with a free weekend so I’m scheduling one-on-one meetings with the players to discuss the year, plays for next year and their aspirations for playing after high school. In this Episode I’ve often said that the winter Futsal season provides my teams with a great start to the spring season. There are so many things that we do during the winter that help the players when we go back outdoors. Today I’ll share the skills, tactics and concepts that my teams learned from this Futsal season and how we’ll continue to build on them in the spring. Future Episodes I’m doing a couple of interviews over the weekend. One where I’m being interviewed for another podcast as well as a discussion with a coach who has my dream job. I’m not sure which one I’ll share with you next week but you can expect to hear them both in the weeks to come.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
#264 Creating Game-Like Activities
I find myself apologizing for missing an episode again last week. My hectic schedule got away from me again last week and I just didn’t have the time I needed to put the episode together. I had to use that time to review D License assignments and provide feedback. Our recreational league is also in the busy ‘Organizational Phase’. That means I’m preparing rosters, chasing birth certificates and making sure that coaches have completed their background checks. Certainly not very sexy work but it has to be done so that the teams can start playing in a few short weeks. We completed the last two weeks of our Futsal league season and this weekend is the Regional tournament. It was supposed to be Nationals but that was pushed back this year to July. I describe my training focus with my teams for the last few weeks of indoor training in the episode. I won’t detail that here but you can hear all about it on the podcast. In this Episode Over the last 50 to 60 years we have been through different phases of soccer development in the US. It started with isolated technical training where the focus was on repetition. Then it moved toward integrated training where at least two key elements were present (technical, tactical, physical or psychological). After that we began to focus on Position Specific Functional Training. The latest development has been a focus on creating the environment for learning. Today I’ll discuss what must be present to create game-like environments. Future Episodes Next week I’m going to wrap up the Futsal season with the key takeaways I have from this winter and how we’re going to continue building on them as we transfer to the outdoor spring season. I’d like to record some more coaching conversations. They were a lot of fun to do last year and I heard from coaches who found them really and interesting and useful. If you’d be interested in joining me on the podcast to discuss anything coaching related please send me an email. It can be a specific topic that you’re passionate about, questions that you’d like ask, something that you’d like to challenge me on or just about anything else in the world of soccer coaching.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
#263 The Impact of Formations on Individual and Team Development
I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to post an episode last week. It was a crazy week and with everything going on I just didn’t have the time to finish the episode and get it posted. I lead two virtual meetings for the D License course that I’m an instructor for. The rec season organizational period is in full swing. I had futsal games and training sessions to run and last weekend I took my 2009’s to Dallas. I’ll try to get back on track and be sure to post an episode each Friday more consistently in the future. The 2009’s had a great weekend in Dallas. We play four games while we were there and had the opportunity to play on some of the nicest grass fields I’ve seen for youth soccer. I give you the whole rundown of the weekend on the podcast if you’d like to hear all about it. This week’s question comes from a coach that will remain anonymous because of the nature of his question. He’s asking about dealing with the parents of a star player. The Coach says, “One topic I haven’t heard and would like some feedback on is, How to deal with the parents of the “star player”. I coach a top 2010 team in my area that has basically been together since 4v4 recreational, and I have a lot of great players. We have had a lot of success and had a new star player join us for our first season of 9v9 from a different state. This player is a very good player, an Instagram star, and the parents wanted to make our team all about their Daughter, and not the team. After every win it was because of their Daughter, and every loss (2 out of 9 games) it was everyone else’s fault. They would contact me after wins and losses bashing other players, questioning my tactical approach, questioning why their daughter played this position, why she didn’t take the PK, and so on. It was exhausting and in the end, I suggested we move the player to one of our 2009 teams just so I didn’t have to deal with the parents any longer. They felt like the team wasn’t pushing her and didn’t develop, when the truth is the league and players caught up to her talent. They took the hint and left the club after a ½ season because I wouldn’t give into their demands. Needless to say it was a stressful year managing a parent like this. Have you discussed this before, if not, maybe fit it into a podcast down the line.” Thanks for your question Coach! I’ve dealt with this situation a number of times over the years. As a young coach I catered to these parents because I didn’t want to lose the player. I have much less patience for this. I would rather have a less successful team than deal with these people. I generally have an ‘open door’ policy with parents; they’re welcome to call, text or email me anytime. I’ll set up an in-person meeting to discuss any concerns that they have. The only thing that I ask is that they wait 24 hours before contacting me after a game. The intent is to limit the amount of emotion that is involved in the conversation. There have been parents that have abused these privileges to the point that I’ve blocked their phone number and limited their contact with me to only email. This has only happened twice in my 30+ years of coaching. This sounds like the situation you were in with the parents you described. I’m glad to hear that you were able to move the girl onto a different team. We’re in a competitive sports environment so we’re always going to have to deal with these types of parents. All we can do is set boundaries and expectations early on and then deal with the extreme situations when they occur. It sounds like you did the best you could under the circumstances and were fortunate to have somewhere to move the player. It’s no surprise that the parents moved on to another club. I’m sure that the new club will have to deal with the same issues. In this Episode The formation you choose for your team not only structures the way that your team plays on the weekend but it impacts the long term development of your players. When you think about it like that, the formation that you choose is one of the most important decisions you make as a coach. Future Episodes I haven’t settled on a topic for next week so if you have something on your mind or an issue you’ve been dealing with now would be a great time to send me a question. It may end up being the focus of the next episode.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
#262 Recognizing and Executing 2 v 1 Situations
It was an easy weekend of Futsal for me last week. I only had seven games (seems like more when I say it like that). Three on Saturday and four on Sunday. At this point in the season my players have hit their stride with Futsal; they all understand what were trying to do and are working their hardest make it happen on the field. This is the time where I start changing things up a bit to challenge them in a different way. We change back and forth between a box and diamond formation so that they can learn how to play both. I’ve given them some different options on corner kicks. I also give them control of the subbing. They know that we sub every three minutes so they’re responsible for watching the clock and subbing at the right time. Just another way to make the responsible for their own development to some degree. This weekend was supposed to be US Youth Futsal Regionals. They’ve been pushed back to Presidents Day weekend in February. That’s when the Nationals usually take place. The Nationals will now be held in July. Just another casualty of the Covid crisis. That all means no games for me this weekend. I have two interactions that I’m leading for the Blended D License Course that I’m an instructor on. One is the module on Formations Part 1 (which I’ll talk more about next week). The other is 4v4 Coaching Games and Stages of Development. This weekend I’ll be putting together those plans. Being a first-time instructor of this course has been awesome. I’m learning so much from the experienced instructors and helping the next generation of coaches get started is very rewarding. I had the chance to be part of a group of instructors that review a new community outreach program from US Soccer. It’s aimed at educating players, coaches, parents and soccer enthusiasts about the issues facing our youth and how soccer help to address some of them. It’s a free opportunity to learn the basics of the Play Practice Play methodology and the rational behind it. Everyone who attends also receives a voucher for a free online Grassroots course. The program is in it’s final setup phase now so I can’t share much more about it but I think it’s a great opportunity to reach a lot of people and make a huge impact on player development across the nation. This week’s question comes from Griffin. He’s asking about using Play-Practice-Play with older more advanced players. Griffin says, “Quick question that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I am a USSF D licensed coach and a strong proponent of the Play-Practice-Play method of training. In my experience, its greatest efficacy comes at the more formative ages (u9 – u14ish). I have used it with older players to fine effect, but I was curious to get your opinion on if PPP should be the primary session design for more advanced players, or if a more tailored methodology is more suitable.” Thanks for your question Griffin! There are so many different practice methodologies and I don’t think one is ‘best’ for any age. They’re all tools and using the right one for the job is the most important consideration when structuring a training session. I like to mix it up even with my younger teams to keep the training environment fresh and interesting for the player or to train a particular technique or tactic. I do the same thing with older players. Even when I’m not using a strict Play-Practice-Play methodology I still use elements of it. For example: I try to keep all my activities as game-like as possible. The closer we can get to creating game-like environments, the smoother our transfer of training will be from practice to games. Don’t get caught up in thinking that it’s all or nothing. Pick the right tool for the right training session and then reflect on how effective it was for your players. In this Episode The training session that I’ll share today is one that I did with three of my teams last week. It’s one of those sessions that flowed really well and the players obviously enjoyed it. At the end of the session I could see a noticeable difference in the way they were playing and examples of what we had worked on happened throughout the 2nd Play Phase. Future Episodes The formation you choose for your team not only structures the way that your team plays on the weekend but it impacts the long term development of your players. When you think about it like that, the formation that you choose is one of the most important decisions you make as a coach. Next week I’ll discuss the factors to consider and how those choices effect your players.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
#261 The Role of the Assistant Coach
It was nice to have a break over the holidays. Although it was a strange time since we couldn’t see our extended family in person. We kept it to just my wife and children. That’s not the way we wanted it to be but it was the most responsible decision under the circumstances. It was a very “2020” holiday season; where Zoom meetings replaced family get-togethers. The extra time did give me a chance to catch up on administration of the recreational program. As well as some reading and planning for the D License course that I’m an instructor for. We’ve only just gotten started but I can tell it’s going to be a challenge to connect with the candidates while only interacting over virtual meetings. An important part of the course is serving as a mentor to candidates and that’s a hard relationship to build remotely. It’s an experience that I’m sure to learn a lot from. We were back to training this week. The whole club is outdoor for the next two weeks until the school gyms reopen. We had all sorts of weather challenges this week but we still managed to have some productive training sessions. I kept reminding myself that we are lucky to be training at all when so many areas of the country are still shutdown and unable to be together. In this Episode One of the things I enjoy most about doing this podcast is learning for the coaches that I have a chance to talk to. Today’s interview gave me insight on a role within a team that I don’t have any experience with. Future Episodes The training session that I did with a couple of my teams went really well this week. It was focused on finding and creating 2 v 1 situations and how to execute them. I’ve talked about this general topic before but this particular session went so well I thought I’d share it with you. I’ll have that for you next week.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
#260 2020 Soccer Year Review
Last weekend I coached 18 Futsal games from Friday to Sunday. That made for a long weekend for me but it was great for the teams to get a chance to play four games each in one weekend. There is no better way to start the season than we a bunch of games one after the other so that the players can build from one game to the next. By the end of the weekend the kids were back in ‘Futsal Mode’ and really playing well. We had our first outdoor practices canceled on Tuesday because it was too cold. The club has decided to cancel practices if the wind chill drops to 24 or below. That might sound much too cold for some people but once the kids are out and running around they stay warm as long as they dressed properly. I’ve sent out emails to my teams with instructions for the players on how to dress. It’s proven to be helpful to the parents because they can say, “Coach Tom says you have to wear a hat and gloves.” The rest of the week was warmer so were were able to get everyone at least one practice. This week’s question comes from Matt. He’s asking about teaching tactics to young players. Matt says, “I have a quick question, what is the best way to start to teach positioning and tactics to younger players, U7? For me the focus is on fun and skill development. I have a high energy bunch and attention is not their strong suit but I still want them to start to grasp positions, throw-ins, corner kicks etc.” Thanks for your question Matt! You might say that U7’s don’t need to be taught tactics and I may agree with you. But what I hear Matt asking here is about how to teach young players to understand the structure, goal and characteristics of soccer. This isn’t about teaching them the roles and responsibilities of different positions as much as it is the basic concepts that govern the game. Teaching young players to understand the game and begin to see how it works is very important. The best way to do that in my opinion is to play the game at the end of each practice. Not only with this give your players the opportunity to use what they learned in the session but they’ll also be learning about the game at the same time. Be sure that you always use the laws of the game when playing a game in training. How else will they learn the game if they don’t practice playing the game. I created a video for 1st and 2nd grade coaches in our recreational league to help them understand the different choices they had to organize their players. It includes ideas for relating these foundational concepts to young players. If you’re coaching the 4 v 4 game I think this could be really helpful especially if you’re new to coaching these age groups. I’ll put a link to it in the show notes. In this Episode 2020 has been one crazy year. This week I look back on everything that happened this year by reviewing some of the topics that I covered here. Future Episodes I’ll be taking the next two weeks off from the podcast for the holidays. I hope to use some of that spare time to set up some interviews with authors of the books that I’ve been reading and go through the video that I’ve recorded of my games this fall.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
#259 Technical Training in Game Like Environments
I had a fun weekend with my two older teams playing the last of their outdoor games for a while. The 2009’s won one and lost two competitive games in another 2007 division. more important than the score, they played really well. They struggled a bit to score but that’s to be expected against the bigger stronger players they faced. My 2005’s had their first game since coming back from quarantine. They also played great but couldn’t finish their chances. The good news was that we created a lot of opportunities. We just need to do a better job of finishing them. Overall, I was really happy with the performance of both teams as they wrapped up their outdoor season. The weather for our second full week of winter outdoor training was the best we could have hoped for. The environment has been different that what we’ll see for out games so we’ll see what kind of transfer of training we achieve but at least we’re still playing! This weekend I have 18 games between Friday evening and Sunday night. The games are all being played indoors. The players are required to wear masks and the games have been shortened so that one group can clear the building before the next teams arrive. Only one parent is allowed per child in an attempt to keep the number of people low. I’m going to record as many of the games as I can so that the parents who aren’t able to be there can watch. The limitation will be on the battery life of the camera. I don’t think I get more than half of the games recorded on any one day. This week’s question comes from a coaching wondering about club structure. The Coach says, “I know they’re all technically “non-profit organizations,” but is there usually someone up the chain of command thats collecting a profit or is “wealth spreading” stop at the coaches and DOC.” Thanks for your question Coach! Our board is volunteer, as I think most are. We have a Technical Director, Age Group Directors and coaches who are paid as well as an administrative staff. There isn’t anyone taking a ‘profit’ from the club. I can’t speak for any other not for profit clubs but this is how ours works. There are also for-profit clubs that have owners taking a percentage of the fees. Those are becoming more common in our area. In this Episode One of the criticisms of the Play – Practice – Play methodology is that it can’t be used to train technique. I think this is a misconception. In this episode I not only share ideas on how you can improve technique using PPP but why it could be more effective than the traditional progressive training session. Future Episodes I haven’t picked out a topic for next week’s episode yet. I’m reading a couple of books that have been sent to me. With any luck I may have an interview with one of the authors for you next week.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
#258 Effective Futsal Defending
After a very hectic fall season it was great to have break over the Thanksgiving week. As with everything in 2020, the holiday week was very different from the way it usually is. My extended family usually spends a lot of time together over this period but that wasn’t possible this year so I had a lot of time to work on a number of projects. High on the list of ‘Things to Do” was completing player evaluations for three of my teams. I do individual meetings with my oldest team so I don’t write anything up for them. I’ve talked about our evaluation process in a couple of previous episodes (#168 & #255) so check those out if you’d like to hear more about what we do with those. Sporting KC Academy Affiliate Clubs are getting ready to start a D License for some of our coaches and I’ll be one of the instructors on that course so I spent some time working on presentations for that. It will be a Blended Course with all of the classroom sessions taking place online. Only the field sessions will be in person and those won’t take place until mid March. This week we were able to get back on the practice field but all of our sessions have to be outside since the schools have closed their facilities to outside groups. We’ve been fortunate with the weather so it’s worked out well so far. We’ll see how long that lasts but with any luck we’ll continue to have nice weather at least through the holidays. This week’s question comes from Ed. He’s asking about the running a classroom session for a team. Ed says, “I’m working with a girls U13 team, that is adjusting to 11v11. At what age, if ever, do you consider giving a “classroom” session to a team. Perhaps show some short video clips and diagram player positioning and movement. Or, if not a classroom session, do you ever provide handouts to players with formations, position numbers and basic soccer definitions they can review? I find this group eager to learn, and think it could benefit them.” Thanks for your question Ed! I do videos for my teams that they can watch in their own time and then I can reference them during training. I’ve found this more useful than dedicated classroom sessions. The one time I will do something like a classroom session is if we have a practice canceled by weather. Otherwise, I prefer to use the time I have with the players out on the field. The teams all have access to their games through Veo as well. There have been times that I’ve asked them to watch the game and focus on some aspect of it. PLAYR By Catapult is a soccer GPS tracker and training app, designed for every soccer player who wants to learn how they can improve their game. Powered with technology used by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and more of the world’s elite soccer clubs. PLAYR uses GPS technology to track your performance on the key soccer specific metrics defined by sports scientists including total distance, sprint distance, top speed, power, load and intensity. But we all know stats don’t mean anything without action, and this is where the PLAYR app really adds value. PLAYR provides personalized targets for training and matches optimizing effort and intensity to help you perform at your peak. After each session, speed up recovery with tips designed by top Premier League coaches. Plus review heat map and trend data to see progression across the core metrics. If you’re a player, coach, or parent looking for a tool to help take your soccer to the next level, then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. One more time that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode As I’ve discussed before, the teams in our club play Futsal during the winter months. If you’re not familiar with Futsal, it’s a 5-a-side game with four field players and a goalkeeper. Very effective Futsal teams are able to stay very compact defensively. The session I’ll share today gives you the opportunity to coach all of the keys to playing a tight, compact defense that will be very difficult to score against. Future Episodes One of the criticisms of the Play – Practice – Play methodology is that it can’t be used to train technique. I think this is a misconception and next week I’ll not only share ideas on how you can improve technique using PPP but why it’s more effective than the traditional progressive training session.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
#257 Activities in Small Spaces
The boys divisions of the final tournament of the fall were held last weekend so I didn’t have any games on my calendar. For me the weekend was packed with home projects that have been neglected during the busy fall season. The one soccer activity I did have was the process of putting together my teams for the futsal season. Each of my four teams has entered two teams into the Futsal league. The rosters of each team range from 11 to 17. For each game I plan to have seven or eight players scheduled to attend. I’ve tried it with less in the past but ran into problems if a kid or two was sick or had a conflict with another sport. It would be easy to just split the team in two and assign each group to a team (Navy or White) but that would mean that one half of the team would never play with the other half for the entire winter. I describe my method for dividing the teams in to groups in this episode. This week’s question comes from Mike. He’s asking about developing a positive mindset. Mike says, “My question for you is about dealing with negative self-talk amongst players. After a tough loss this past weekend (were 4-3 on the season with all 3 losses coming against the same team), I asked the team what they thought happened during the game and what we could improve on. This is a U13 recreational/house team. In addition to the vague answers like “play better” or “work harder” I also heard things like “we’re not as good” and “we need better players.” One player in particular keeps saying things like “I’m not good at soccer.” I think the mental part of sport is really important and would like to have a strategy to change our mindset as a team and as individuals. It probably starts with me and the language I use, but do you have any suggestions on how to develop positive self-talk with players?” Thanks for your question Mike! The mental side of the game is the most challenging for coaches because we’re dealing with so many different mindsets within our teams. Addressing the needs of all of the players is not easy. I’d suggest that you look into the ideas surrounding the Growth Mindset. It’s focused on recognizing that you may not be good at something ‘YET’ but realizing that you can improve through hard work and dedication. I’ve found that this is the most effective approach for players and teams that are struggling or in the early stages of development. If you can focus the players on incremental improvement rather than the score of the game they’ll improve and get closer to becoming the players (and team) they want to be. It’s not a quick fix but a great life lesson because it can be applied to anything that they attempt to be good at for the rest of their life. PLAYR By Catapult is a soccer GPS tracker and training app, designed for every soccer player who wants to learn how they can improve their game. Powered with technology used by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and more of the world’s elite soccer clubs. PLAYR uses GPS technology to track your performance on the key soccer specific metrics defined by sports scientists including total distance, sprint distance, top speed, power, load and intensity. But we all know stats don’t mean anything without action, and this is where the PLAYR app really adds value. PLAYR provides personalized targets for training and matches optimizing effort and intensity to help you perform at your peak. After each session, speed up recovery with tips designed by top Premier League coaches. Plus review heat map and trend data to see progression across the core metrics. If you’re a player, coach, or parent looking for a tool to help take your soccer to the next level, then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. One more time that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode Our winter training options are more limited this year than ever before. Some of the spaces we’re using are a lot smaller than the courts we’ll play our Futsal matches on. This week I’ll share the kind of activities I’m using with my teams to prepare them technically and tactically for the season to come. Future Episodes I won’t have a podcast episode for next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll talk to you again in two weeks. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
35 minutes | 5 months ago
#256 Analyze your Opponent
Well, We had a tough three games in State Cup last weekend. The level of competition and athleticism was just two much for us. We didn’t help ourselves with some unforced errors that cost us goals at key points in the game. We also didn’t create as many chances as we needed to in order to give us a chance to stay in the games. It was a four team group and two of the team were clearly better than the others. We were very competitive with the third team in the group but lost 2-1 after being up 1-0 at halftime. It was one of the windiest games I’ve every been involved in. The ball wouldn’t sit still for a free kick on any part of the field. We ended up have a player hold it with her foot until a teammate could strike it. This team is really caught in the middle; they probably would have reached the final of Presidents Cup pretty comfortably but the top two teams in State Cup were too strong for them. So as a coach, what do you do? Play down or play up? I’ve talked to some of the girls and they agree that playing up makes more sense. Why play teams we know we can beat. It’s better to challenge ourselves and play teams that will push us to improve and show us what we can do better. This is an interesting question coming from a coach who asked to remain anonymous. The Coach says, “I’ve never coached a girls team. I’m kind of hoping in a couple of years when life gets to a place that I can commit a little more time to coaching I can coach a JV girls team. I think I’d enjoy it. I’ve heard that girls really benefit from having a coach that has a relational approach-someone who builds and maintains relationships with his players well. Being a male, I’m always hyper aware of boundaries. These days, it’s not enough to just be appropriate, you really have to go above and beyond anything that would draw attention or make someone feel uncomfortable. As an example, coaching boys, if I’m correcting a striking technique, I wouldn’t think twice about putting a hand on a hip or a leg to show proper movement, of course this only be in a group context and nothing would be Inappropriate. But I’d never dream of doing that with a girl, especially once they’re over a certain age. There’s an unlimited number of examples I could bring up. Do you have any rules of thumb for coaching girls, specifically regarding keeping appropriate boundaries?” Thanks for your question Coach! I only coach girls now so I know what you’re talking about. The best part about coaching girls is that you do develop relationships that are much different than with boys. I’m still in touch with many of the girls that I’ve coached over the years but almost none of the boys. Years after I stop coaching a girl she’ll go out of her way to say hi when she sees me at the fields. I’m also sensitive about boundaries and how they’ve changed over the years. I never thought twice about a player giving me a hug 10 years ago but I only do side hugs and high fives now. Now you add Covid concerns on top of that and I’m just cutting out all physical contact with players regardless of gender. You also need to be careful about communication with players. I used to have them text me if they weren’t going to be at a practice or a game. Sometimes they would text me about something that happened with their high school team. I’ve stopped having any one to one contact with players. I do everything through GroupMe so that everyone on the team is in on every conversation. That protects me as much as it does the players. These things all seemed over the top and unnecessary to me a few years ago but in today’s climate you have to be more careful than ever. PLAYR By Catapult is a soccer GPS tracker and training app, designed for every soccer player who wants to learn how they can improve their game. Powered with technology used by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and more of the world’s elite soccer clubs. PLAYR uses GPS technology to track your performance on the key soccer specific metrics defined by sports scientists including total distance, sprint distance, top speed, power, load and intensity. But we all know stats don’t mean anything without action, and this is where the PLAYR app really adds value. PLAYR provides personalized targets for training and matches optimizing effort and intensity to help you perform at your peak. After each session, speed up recovery with tips designed by top Premier League coaches. Plus review heat map and trend data to see progression across the core metrics. If you’re a player, coach, or parent looking for a tool to help take your soccer to the next level, then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. One more time that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode A soccer match is a competition between two teams. Each one is trying to impose their will and way of playing the game on the other team. We play to our strengths and they play to theirs. This week I’ll share how I evaluate an opponent and what goes into my decisions about what to change, if anything, about the way we approach the game. Future Episodes This winter I wasn’t able to reserve our usual gym because they aren’t renting to outside groups. So we’ve ended up using a very small elementary school gym. It’s not ideal, especially for U16 girls. Next week I’ll share some of the activities that I’m using to maximize the space we have and still run effective sessions.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
#255 How to Prepare Meaningful Player Evaluations
My schedule has really slowed down in the last couple of weeks. The end of the fall always brings with it a much more relaxed pace. I’m grateful that we were able to complete our season. That was definitely not guaranteed when we started back in August. This weekend is State Cup for my 2005’s. This is the one tournament all year that I focus on winning. If we’re successful we have the opportunity to go to regionals and that will put the team in front of college coaches. All of that makes it important for the team to do as well as possible. The substitution rules for older teams in State Cup prevents players from reentering the game once they’ve been subbed in that half. This is a huge change from the way I usually rotate my players. They’re used to coming off every eight to 15 minutes and then going back in again. I spoke to the team about this before our last game. It was important for them to know that this was coming and that some of them were going to get more playing time in State Cup than others. We talked about last weekends game being a chance for them to show how effective they were on the field and make their case for more playing time. This definitely raised the level of effort and focus in the team and the result showed that. I’ll let you know how State Cup goes next week. I’ve addressed today’s question before but it’s been a while and I’ve received it a few times lately so I thought I should talk about it again. The question comes from Matt. He’s asking how to know when it’s time to hand a team off to another coach. Matt says, “When do you think it’s time to hand a team over from a coaching perspective? I am keen to stick around for another year however part of me is thinking the girls eventually would benefit from another voice…..another teacher. I mean this happens in school right? You don’t stay with the same teacher from Grade 1 to 6? I kind of think the same could be said for coaching as well. At the same time it’s such a rewarding experience seeing the kids develop and grow as players and it’s been a privilege to be a part of it, part of me thinks, “Just one more year.” Thanks for your question Matt! When to pass a team on to another coach is a tough question. That’s especially true when it’s a team your daughter is on. Generally, I think that a coach should pass a team on after three or four years at the most. As you said, it’s good for them to hear another voice and perspective. But it’s different when your daughter is one of your players. I coached my daughter (now 24) from the time she was 4 through 18 except for two years (13 and 14). I wanted her to have a different coach before she went to high school so that she’d be used to the idea before that important period in her life. Every year I asked her at the end of the season if she wanted to keep playing and if she wanted me to keep coaching the team. She could say no at any time. She knew that because at 6 she said she didn’t want to play anymore. I said fine, but I’m the coach so I still need to go. It took her about six weeks to decide that she wanted to play again. After that she always told me that she wanted to play and she wanted me to coach. Those years are packed with great memories. I’m glad it worked out the way it did for us. Everyone’s situation is different; what worked for us may not be best for you. You’ll have to talk with her and do what you think is right. PLAYR By Catapult is a soccer GPS tracker and training app, designed for every soccer player who wants to learn how they can improve their game. Powered with technology used by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and more of the world’s elite soccer clubs. PLAYR uses GPS technology to track your performance on the key soccer specific metrics defined by sports scientists including total distance, sprint distance, top speed, power, load and intensity. But we all know stats don’t mean anything without action, and this is where the PLAYR app really adds value. PLAYR provides personalized targets for training and matches optimizing effort and intensity to help you perform at your peak. After each session, speed up recovery with tips designed by top Premier League coaches. Plus review heat map and trend data to see progression across the core metrics. If you’re a player, coach, or parent looking for a tool to help take your soccer to the next level, then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. One more time that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode Today I want to talk about one of the most important things I do as a coach – Player Evaluations. Giving each parent feedback on the progress of their child is vital for a number of reasons. I’ll share why I feel evaluations are so important as well as what should be included in every player evaluation. Future Episodes Next week I’m going to share how I analyze an opponent and how that information influences what I do with my team. This was a topic suggested by one of our Patreon Coaching Staff Members Thanks Tim!
39 minutes | 6 months ago
#254 Do You Need a Coaching License?
Last weekend should have been State Cup for my 2005 but it was moved to the November because the facility that was supposed to host it was closed to all non-professional sports. I had blocked out the whole weekend for my other teams so they didn’t have any games scheduled. We ended up moving a reschedule game for my 2005’s into the empty weekend. That gave me just one game last weekend and that one wasn’t until Sunday afternoon. It gave me lots of extra time to tick a bunch of boxes on my ‘Honey-Do” list. I describe the details of the game in this episode. Today’s question comes from Greg. He’s asking a pretty personal question but I thought that I’d share it because I think it’s a challenge that many coaches have. Greg asks, “How does your spouse feel of all the time you spend coaching? It’s your job so there probably won’t be much of dispute but how does one balance time coaching?” Thanks for your question Greg! I met my wife at an indoor soccer facility in town. I was coaching when we started dating so she knew what she was getting into. There’s no question that I miss a lot of time with my family but coaching is something that I’ve always been passionate about and it’s how I provide for my family so they understand. I’m not going to say it isn’t challenging but it’s what she’s used to so we make it work. My advice to coaches trying to find a balance between coaching and their personal life is to involve those important to you in the process. Ask them how they feel about the time you spend coaching. This is especially important if you’re not coaching your own kids. Any time we spend coaching other people’s kids is time away from our family so it’s important to take their feelings into consideration. If it’s a job for you then creating boundaries is important. Carve out family time and don’t take calls, answer emails or even talk about coaching. It’s not only important for your family but also for your own mental health. As we all know, a problem for many soccer players (and for us coaches too!) is knowing how to get fitter, faster and stronger. That is exactly why PLAYR By Catapult was created. PLAYR is a soccer GPS tracker and training app which uses GPS technology to track players’ physical performance with key metrics like total distance, sprint distance, top speed, and power. As a coach, the thing I love the most about PLAYR is that it’s focussed on finding improvement. The app educates users on how to train smarter and recover faster. From nutrition tips to training sessions designed by the top Premier League coaches, PLAYR personalises coaching advice based on your schedule. And best of all, it works. On average, the thousands of people who train with PLAYR, increased their sprint distance by 26%, their total distance by 11.7% and their top speed by 3.5% after just three months. If you’re trying to become a better player, make the travel team, or just contribute more on the pitch then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. In case you missed it, that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode I’m often asked about coaching courses and licenses. Today I’ll talk about who should get them (spoiler – everyone) but more importantly why you should and which one you should get for the type of coaching you do. Future Episodes Next week I’m going to discuss my approach to player evaluations and how those have developed over the years. Thanks to Mike Wilson, a member of our Patreon Coaching Staff for the topic suggestion. Thanks Mike!
34 minutes | 6 months ago
#253 Encourage Creativity and Confidence in Your Players
One of the benefits of coaching as many teams as I do is that I see just about every situation you can imagine. Last weekend I had eight games from Friday through Sunday. Two games Friday, two Saturday and 4 on Sunday. Today I thought I’d pull out one takeaway that I had from each day. On Friday one of my teams had an opponent that relied almost exclusively on aggression and physicality to play the game. Their goal was to simply to force us into mistakes that they would try to take advantage of. When they did get possession the ball was kicked forward and chased down. If we won it then they hoped to pressure us into coughing it up on our half so they could shot. I know that I am a ‘coaching snob’; I think that kids should be taught to play the game positively with creativity and flair. I accept that not everyone feels that way. At the highest level you need to play games to get results at times but NOT AT U11! It drives me crazy to play against teams like these. Beat my teams with good soccer and I’ll tell you, ‘Good Game!’ and try to learn from the experience but play for a result at U11 and you will not have my respect. I’m sure the coach didn’t care if he had my respect or not. I can only hope that the parents (at least some of them) on the other team recognized the difference in approach and get their daughter in a program that focuses on player development and not game results. Tune into this episode to hear my takeaways from Saturday and Sunday. Today’s question comes from Rick. He’s asking about how I choose which player will take a PK Rick says, “My questions is around the selection of who takes a PK. My approach to PK’s is that this is a set piece situation, and I like to address all duties, roles, and responsibilities ahead of our games so that players can take this into account in their pre game preparation. I usually say that whoever is in the striker position at the time that the PK is awarded is to take the kick, although I’m thinking of rotating this duty. I recently had a parent (who is also an assistant coach), suggest that the player to take it should be the player that drew the foul as a reward for their hard work. The top clubs never do this but maybe this is a better approach for this age group? I’d appreciate your thoughts?” Thanks for your question Rick! That’s a great question. So many coaches do it differently. I’ll often have the player who was fouled take it. This is especially true if they had a clear chance to score and that was taken away. An exception to that would be if the player was hurt or at all shaken up by the foul. I don’t want someone that is overly emotional not feeling 100% taking on that pressure. If a player is fouled I may ask them if they want it. Sometimes they do and other times they hand it off to a teammate. As the teams get older or the situation is more critical (tournament final) I’ll pick the player that I feel has the best chance to score. We do penalty kick games in practice but I also take into account the mentality of the player. Sometimes I’ll just tell the players on the field to decide. Depending on the age and maturity level of the team this can work well. The more decisions we let the players make the better. I’ve never rotated the responsibility around an entire team but I can see how that would be a good idea at the younger ages. It would give all of the players a chance to have that experience. PLAYR By Catapult is a soccer GPS tracker and training app, designed for every soccer player who wants to learn how they can improve their game. Powered with technology used by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and more of the world’s elite soccer clubs. PLAYR uses GPS technology to track your performance on the key soccer specific metrics defined by sports scientists including total distance, sprint distance, top speed, power, load and intensity. But we all know stats don’t mean anything without action, and this is where the PLAYR app really adds value. PLAYR provides personalized targets for training and matches optimizing effort and intensity to help you perform at your peak. After each session, speed up recovery with tips designed by top Premier League coaches. Plus review heat map and trend data to see progression across the core metrics. If you’re a player, coach, or parent looking for a tool to help take your soccer to the next level, then PLAYR by Catapult is for you. Head to catapultsports.com/csw to learn more. One more time that’s catapultsports.com/csw. In this Episode As coaches I’m sure that we all spend a great deal of time planning how we will address technical and tactical aspects of the game but how much time do we spend thinking how we are encouraging our players to be confident and creative? This week I’ll share how you can use four concepts to have an instant positive impact on the mentality of your players. Future Episodes I’m working on a few ideas for next week’s podcast. I’m not sure which one I’m going to finish up for next week so you’ll have to tune in to find out.
43 minutes | 6 months ago
#252 Training the #6
Two weeks ago three of my teams participated in a tournament. That meant that I had 10 games from Friday to Sunday. It’s not a huge physical challenge to coach 10 games in a weekend. But it is a mental challenge because you’re focused and intense for each of those games. It can be an emotional challenge to if you get too carried away. Last weekend one of my teams traveled to Omaha for NPL (National Premier League) games. They only play one game a day so I only had two games all weekend; one Saturday and one Sunday. It’s the first time I’ve traveled with a soccer team since last fall and it was really different. I talk about all of the differences at the start of this week’s episode. This weekend is my last really busy fall league weekend. I have eight games spread out over the three days. That’s what I get for coaching four teams! (Who am I kidding..I love it!) Finishing up the fall league season will leave me with a couple of tournaments including State Cup for my 2005’s. Then it’s indoor for Futsal! Today’s question comes from Steve. He’s asking about training high school age teams to play out of the back. Steve says, “I wonder what kind of priority if any you place on teaching / training your HS age group teams to play from the back, with distribution by the goalie? This has become something of an item of faith at professional levels and I’ve heard youth club coaches discuss how it’s a way to teach possession, come way may during a game. I’ve also seen, however, teams that were very faithful to this during a game but exhibited basic defensive vulnerabilities in goal and along their back line, which seemed to me more fundamental to the game. How do you rate this, emphasize it?” Thanks for your question Steve! One of the first things I do with teams of every age is working on building up in our own half. That usually starts from a goal kick or from a ball I shoot to the goalkeeper. Correcting defensive vulnerabilities would be something we work on in transition; when possession is lost and we need to get pressure on the ball and close the openings with covering players. When you train in game-like environments (6v5 starting with a goal kick) the players are going to have to react in those moments when possession is lost. I prioritize building from the back because I agree that it’s a great way to teach a possession-based style of play. The fact that spreading out in this way in our own half of the field leaves you open to counter attacks is something that the players can learn how to deal with. since last winter so I’m looking forward to it but also a bit apprehensive. We’ll see how it goes. In this Episode The Holding Midfielder, often referred to as the #6, is one of the most demanding and important positions on the field. Today I’ll share some of the methods and activities that I’ve used teach my players the roles and responsibilities of this vital link in your team. Future Episodes Thanks to a great suggestion from a parent of one of my players who is also a coach, next week I’m going to share my thoughts on how to encourage creativity and confidence in your players. Thanks Dario!
51 minutes | 7 months ago
#251 Soccer’s Biggest Problem
I had a pretty easy schedule last weekend. With just four games over three days. One game on Friday and Saturday as well as two more on Sunday. That’s almost a weekend off by my usual standards. One of the games was on a grass field. It’s the first game I’ve had on grass in years. Fortunately, the fields were great because they haven’t been used. We had to play on grass because of the limited space on the turf fields. One whole complex we usual use was closed because the county won’t allow any non-professional sports this fall. I would prefer to play on good grass fields. Unfortunately, keeping grass fields in good condition is difficult in this part of the country. Even if you can maintain them, it’s just not cost effective. This weekend I have three teams in a tournament so it’s going to be a busy one. Playing on Friday really helps spread things out but playing at least nine games in three days really takes it out of me. Hopefully the teams will play well which will make it fun and exhausting at the same time. Next weekend I’m traveling to Omaha with my 2005’s for NPL. It’ll be the first time I’ve traveled since last winter so I’m looking forward to it but also a bit apprehensive. We’ll see how it goes. In this Episode The conversation I’ll share this week is pretty long so we get right to it. Mike Saif, Mark Francis and Barry Warmsley discuss how diving is a black eye on the beautiful game as well as ways that it could be stopped. Future Episodes As I said in the introduction, I’m traveling with a team next weekend so I won’t have a podcast. I’ll be back in two weeks with a new episode.
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