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"Let the game be the teacher" is a commonly heard phrase in youth soccer coaching. But what happens when the teaching doesn't stick or worse, the players learn the wrong things?
This course will lay out the fundamental ideas about what small sided games (SSG's) are, how to create your own games, how to recognize when they need adjusting, how to make those adjustments and much more.
The course includes a series of structured lectures along with simple and clear graphics. A 186 page workbook, short files and additional external videos are supplied as supplementary material. This course builds on the internationally recognized Better Soccer More Fun website and Street Soccer, An Introduction to Small-sided Games DVD.
The course runs a little over an hour lays out a path for continual growth. In the short run, you will have your own SSG's up and running immediately. In the long run, your appreciation of their influence increases as you work with your own team. Learning never stops while your comfort and expertise continually grows.
The course is structured in seven sections:
1) What is the role of the soccer coach
2) Playing with the elements
3) Phases of learning
4) Festivals and tournaments (a training model)
5) Reading the game
6) Building your sessions
7) Some basic games to build from
This is an invaluable aid for young professional coaches just getting started in a career, parent/volunteer coaches in need of quick solutions and clubs looking for a simple and inexpensive curriculum. It is built on years of work with SSG's, youth players and the methods are recognized by International coaching associations.
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|Section 1: The role of the coach/what is soccer?|
This lecture lays out what the role of the coach is and what he or she needs to use to carry it out.
|Section 2: Playing with the elements|
|This lecture gives an overview of why and how to adapt the elements and introduces the field.|
Goals are essential for direction and objectives. The number of players involved has an influence on what is learned.
|Different balls, rules and the role of results in learning.|
|Section 3: The phases of learning|
|Learning from the players point of view|
|Section 4: Festivals and tournaments|
|Two formats that increase player engagement.|
|Section 5: Reading the game|
|Making sense out of free play games.|
|Section 6: Building your session|
|An overview about what makes sessions productive.|
|Section 7: Games|
|Some basic soccer games, what is soccer like and soccer strange.|
Larry is the Program Director for the Chris Nedelcovych Soccer Foundation and is a leading advocate of small sided games. His work has been cited by United States Youth Soccer Association, the Canadian and numerous State Soccer Associations.
Working with the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and youth clubs he has conducted thousands of training sessions and hundreds coaching courses, workshops, clinics and seminars. In addition to this practical experience he has also pushed on the theoretical boundaries of the game, coaching and education by continually looking for new ideas. His website (bettersoccermorefun.com) workbook (Playing Better Soccer is More Fun-included in the course) and DVD (Street Soccer, An Introduction to Small Sided Games) have been recognized around the world.
He received US Soccer's A License, US Youth Soccer's National Youth License, the (English) Football Associations International Preliminary Award, the KNVB's Advanced Coaching Certificate and holds a Bachelors in Sport Studies from George Mason University. He has worked with some of the leading coaches in the game and is one of Americas most knowledgeable sources on the Dutch Vision.
This course has a strong emphasis on practical application. It is designed for immediate use in the field and the benefits for both the players and coaches become evident after just a few sessions.