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Skills Acquisition Program

There are lots of great academies for your young son or daughter to acquire and develop skills in soccer. The premise of an academy is normally for development purposes. Soccer at a higher level is biomechanically  very complex and requires constant practice to get right. From an observer point of view the professionals make it look 'easy' but in the background, it takes hours of practice to get right. For example receiving a ball whilst running, looks easy but if we break it down - the player may need to receive the his/her weaker foot, predict the speed, observe the opposition,…
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Passing

Passing is the most widely used aspect of the professional game. So having you son/daughter understand the role of passing instead of just kicking the ball hard. Soccer is a team sport. This aspects does take patients,  in kids football that many goals are scored by "just kicking" and not by "creating the play" by passing. So at an early age passing is not justly rewarded, so this aspects requires patience and belief by coach and player. One coach explained to be that the Soccer is thinking man's game - like chess. Formation, possession and team work are the most…
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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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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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