Month: October 2012

Youth Soccer Teams Win With Possession

 

A simple game of keep-away develops confidence for ball skills

By Craig Haley
PlaySportsTV Managing Editor

An 8 v. 3 or 9 v. 4 game of keep-away hardly seems fair in soccer, but it just may be the best way to teach youth soccer players how to play with consistent possession.

Although the term “kick and run” rolls off the tongue, it’s not so sweet on a soccer pitch, and with beginner and intermediate youth soccer, it’s too often the case.

Jerry Laterza, head soccer coach of a successful Legends Football Club U-12 boys’ team out of Chino Hills, Calif., believes young players need to build confidence with trapping, dribbling and passing before they can play with consistent possession against an opponent’s pressure.

“The key of possession at younger ages is you’ve got to build confidence,” said Laterza, a former 10-year professional soccer player whose Legends FC squad won the 2009 Cal South National Cup Champions title. “A week or two ago, I saw some coaches doing some drills and they were basically U-9 and they were going 4-versus-4 possession. You’re not going to get more possession doing 4-against-4 with U-9. You can play games, like going to goal, 3-against-3 or 2-against-2 or 4-against-4 – that makes sense – but (with) possession it’s actually very difficult. At that age, they don’t know how to create their own space yet.”

Youth soccer players struggle to gain confidence if they continually give the ball away in even-sided drills and games. Laterza recommends coaches use a soccer drill in which the offensive players who are trying to keep possession of the ball outnumber the defensive players. The drill is played in roughly a 40-x-40-yard or 40-x-50-yard grid, and the sides came be different combinations, like 8 v. 3, 10 v. 3, 9 v. 4, etc. The offensive players will develop touch and passing skills against the defensive chasers.

“The grid forces them to think and it’s a reduced, limited space,” Laterza says.

“If it’s 10-against-3, they shouldn’t give the ball away, if you think about it.”

As players develop their soccer skills and get older, Laterza recommends adding limitations to the soccer drill. For example, instead of free touch, the offensive players can use only two or three touches. A coach can add defensive players, but the offense always needs more players to work on possession.

When the soccer coach makes the sides even for practice games, he will see his players controlling the ball with possession.

“Build confidence on their possession,” Laterza says.

 

CHILDREN AND SOCCER

 

TRUTHS about children and sports
  • Fun is pivotal – if it’s not fun, young people won’t play a sport
  • Skill development is a crucial aspect of fun – it is more important than winning even among the best athletes
  • The most rewarding challenges of sports are those that lead to self-knowledge
  • Intrinsic rewards (self-knowledge that grows out of self-competition) are more important in creating lifetime athletes than extrinsic rewards are (victory or attention from others)1
During childhood allow the kids to have a good time playing the game while instilling the passion to love playing soccer on their own. Only a passion for the game can lead to success.
“Success is something players take ownership of and in time it becomes personally meaningful. Success is a process, not a product. The process of doing one’s best is the key to success. The determining criterion of success is whether a player gave his or her best that day. Doing one’s best is the most important statement a player can make about the importance of an activity and the meaning it has. With years of experience comes self-knowledge and self-awareness. So players learn over time what it means to do your best, to give 100%.”2
“Winning isn’t everything, but trying to is!” – Rainer Martens, sports psychologist

YOUTH SOCCER PRACTICES UPDATE

 

post on october 3rd 2012

YOUTH SOCCER PRACTICES WILL START  OFFICIALLY IN A FEW WEEKS. PARENTS PLEASE HAVE YOUR PAPERWORK READY TO TURN IT IN.

THANKS

SEATTLE STARS FC

LAS PRACTICAS DE FUTBOL SOCCER PARA LA CATEGORIA DE NINOS EMPEZARAN OFICIALMENTE EN UNAS SEMANAS, PARA LOS PAPAS DE LOS NINOS ES MUY IMPORTANTE QUE TENGA LA DOCUMENTACION  COMPLETADA. SE LES AVISARA PROXIMAMENTE

GRACIAS

SEATTLE STARS FC

A NEW ERA HAS BEGUN

 

A new era has begun for Seattle Stars FC Men’s soccer team making its debut against Rairdon.com  on September 28th.

Training began for the fresh team on early September.  Head coach Juan Sandoval, who previously coached Amateur team Mexico at the All nations cup tournament this past summer, is optimistic about the team’s first season.

The total roster will  show a total number of 25 men. The team will play at the Starfire WSSA International Premier Soccer League.

The season will see the team take the pitch against local opponents. The Seattle Stars FC  men’s soccer team is  scheduled to play  matches at starfire sports complex field #3 in tukwila WA.  The regular season kicked off on September 28th when the Seattle Stars FC  Lost to Rairdon.com with the score 3-5 at Starfire Sports Complex.    Next schedule game for the team is on Friday October 5th at Starfire Sports Complex field #3 at 7pm. Come and support your local club