Personnel Support for Coaches/Teams
Marsha Lycan, FYSA Trainer of Coaches, firstname.lastname@example.org , will be working with coaches and individual teams during preseason and though the fall season. Marsha is the Assistant Coach for University of New England Women’s Soccer and holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma. Part of her job is working with individual teams and coaches to foster the development of our youth soccer players, so feel free to contact Marsha if you need any assistance whatsoever with training session formats or ideas. Marsha will schedule sessions with coaches and teams or will come to your games and work with coaches/teams there.
Josh Muscadin, FYSA Trainer of Players, email@example.com , will be running skills sessions for FYSA players during the summer and through the fall season. Josh coaches Greely Girls’ Varsity Soccer and is director and coach at FCS Riptide Soccer Club. Coaches will get a schedule of Josh’s skills sessions and be asked to encourage players to attend.
- Possession for Penetration in Final third
- Possessing as Unit-off ball movement-vision
- Small group defending
- Defensive Marking
- Defensive Transition at the moment the ball is lost
- U9-U10 Dribbling
- U9-U10 STAR Methodology
- U9-U10 Dribbling-Shielding
- Basic Defending 1v1 2v2
- Passing-Receiving Circle Progression
- Three Awesomely Fun Practice Ending Games
- Finishing Session
- Change Point of Attack
- Possession with a Purpose
- Possession thru Center Mids
- Receiving-Turning-Dribbling at Speed
Dynamic Warm Ups for Soccer Players:
- Do at start of practice/game.
- Should take 5:00-8:00 min.
- Build up intensity during this warm up.
- “Mentally” get ready for the practice/game.
- Quality of movement is more important than # of reps or speed!
- Skip and hug yourself
- Skip and windmills
- Jump up and get ball with “W” formation of hands: soft landings, no “knock knees”
- High knees
- Butt kicks
- Braid running/Karioka- both directions
- Open gates
- Close gates
- Piriformis stretch/The Botox
- “Scoop the poop”- calf and hamstring stretch
- High alternating kicks/ “Zombie walk” with kicks
- Balance on 1 leg and raise opp. hamstring up, balance and run a few steps
- Jog and gradually build up speed- 50%, 75%,100%
Other ideas to work on speed, strength and agility:
- Plyometrics: lunges, burpies, any single leg type exercise, jumping over cones
- Ladder drills: helps with footwork. Feet low to the ground and no high knees.
- Medicine balls: core strength and builds upper body strength too.
Static/Cool Down Stretches: Six Stretches
- Done at conclusion of practice/game.
- Guidelines: 20 sec. holds, 3-4 reps/muscle group. Don’t bounce or alternate between the muscle groups.
- “No pain, no gain” is false!
Stretching in a nutshell:
Research shows that dynamic warms ups BEFORE sports participation and static stretches AFTER sports help:
- Reduce injury rates
- Reduces soreness after practice- important for the athletes that do multiple sports all year or athletes who focus on one specific sport
- Increase flexibility and balance