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Fifa Worldcup – Socceroos InfoGraphic

Great poster to show the kids about the FIFA World Cup Socceroos campaign Aussies and the World Cup Australia has qualified for the World Cup 4 times, in 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Their first goal in a qualifier: Len Scheinflug, with a penalty kick in the 70th minute in 1965. Their first goal at a World Cup: Tim Cahill, with a goal in the 89th minute to tie the game 1-1 in 2006. Tim Cahill has scored the most World Cup goals for Australia—as of 2013, the count is 3. Australia's best World Cup performance was in 2006, where…
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Soccer Number and Field Positions Explained

This post explains soccer positions for kids soccer.  The coach shouts "play the number 10 position" what does this mean ?Have you ever wondered why the GoalKeeper always has the Number 1 on his/her soccer shirt or what is the significant of Messi number 10? this post will start to explain all this. In full size soccer there are 11 players on the field. There are four groupings of players GoalKeeper Backs Midfield Forwards The starting 11 typically looks like this in a 4-2-3-1 formation (it will be explained in another blog post) soccer-number-position in 4-2-3-1 formation 1  –Goalkeeper 2 –…
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Buying the correct Soccer Boots for your son and daughter

OK - It is the start of the soccer season and you are ready to kit your son or daughter with books and shin pads. Where do you start? I have a confession - last year I actually purchased the wrong type of boots for my son and he had to play the season with the incorrect boot. We didn't know the boots were the incorrect fitting until this year,  the coach and another soccer parent and later the sales person pointed this out to us. Hence the motivation for writing this blog post, I don't want you to make…
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Supporting Your Local A-League

One of the first questions I always ask of other Soccer Dads is  which A-league team do you support? The answer receive quite often is " I don't,  I prefer EPL".  I don't follow A-league because the standard is not as good. My response to their statement is "Which came first the chicken or the egg?"  and what I mean by asking this question. Without your support, the A-League will never grow stronger so you will never follow the A-League.   So this post is about my take on supporting the A-League. The reality facts A-League will always be smaller…
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Save Your Soccer Relationship with one simple move

Your approach to  assisting your son's/daughter's development as a soccer player can make or break your relationship. The following blog post will make a HUGE difference with in your soccer relationship.  I will tell you how I made this discovered this transiation. In fact holding this information inspired me to create this blog because the slight shift in role allowed me to support my son 100% in his soccer pursuits and not kill each other in the process. So here is how I made the discovery -  My son attended a soccer camp during the mid season (August) in 2012, he enjoyed…
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Aussie Soccer Roadmap – The National Football Curriculum

"Why is he learning to play this way? just kick the ball", "Just get the ball to the Striker", "He should be learning how to kick the ball hard and force it up the field" These are some of the comments I hear from the sidelines from parents unfortunately some of these comments are counter to the way your kids are being coached - which makes it very hard for everyone concerned. We all have opinion on how the game should be played, but let''s face it as parents we are just "armchair coaches" or past players. There is actually…
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Size 3 Soccer Ball please

You walk into Rebel Sports or your local sport store and you are confronted with an array of soccer balls. Which one do I buy? Here are some general tips: - If your Kid is under 9 but over 4, you will need a size 3 ball - so your choice might be limited (remember to have this conversation with your kid before you enter the store). The big shiny Manchester United Ball might not be the correct size for your child. You will Accumulate Soccer balls over time - Christmas, birthdays, Soccer Camps, Watching A-League matches live, these are…
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What is Small Sided Football?

What is small sided football (Soccer)?  It is basically a modified version of soccer designed for young kids, Your kids won't start playing grown up soccer until they reach the age of 11 or 12 years of age. Theses are the benefits of SSF The small teams means that you kid gets to touch the ball more often, score more goals and more participation The smaller ball and field is proportional to the kids size and ability Young kids are harder to handle in a team sport so the "small" side makes it easier for the coach/parents The 5 and…
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Parents guide to Kids Soccer

So your kids wants to play soccer - here is some general survival tips  on what to watch for in today's world of kids soccer. Their is more to Soccer than simply buying the Messi or Shinji Ono Jersey.  Kids soccer is different than playing adult soccer that you see on TV or at a live match, your participation is an important factor is just as important as the kids (more…)
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