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Hey Coach! I know how to dribble or pass, but don’t know how to play the game and it’s your fault?!

Hey Coach! I know how to dribble or pass, but don’t know how to play the game and it’s your fault?! Play to learn and learn to play is most recent fresh approach to coaching young players. Coaches trying to recreate street football in their own environment and let the kids experimenting, taking risk and …

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Less is More – What game format is the best way forward to learn for foundation phase kids? 

We remember our school days, don’t we? Do we equally remember how we started to learn maths when we were in our early days of childhood? We had to learn numbers in the first place before anything else. Then, when we were ready, we started to learn more complex maths. Similarly, with reading. I don’t …

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How to keep players engaged and active during winter outdoor training

Most children are quickly engaged in sport and physical activity. Nonetheless, winter conditions to deliver coaching sessions raise significant challenges to foundation phase players engagement. Here are a few useful tips to help keep players active during Snowman and Santa Claus time. Experience – some children may have none, or very little experience participating in winter …

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I’m Just the Football Coach! Why Do I Need to Understand Little Charlie?

Why Do You Need to Understand the Children You Coach?   Tuesday evening, everything set up for next training session. Cones, bibs, footballs, goals are in place. The training session plan is prepared, ready to be executed. Children have arrived, everything seems to be going according to the plan. Yet, during activities frustrations starts to …

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Why Pre-Match Activities are an Extra Opportunity for Young Players to Learn?

.Learn Ups or Warm Ups?   Many fellow coaches treat warm up as standard routine, set up few exercises and knock few balls around. They do know that the basic purpose of a warm ups is to prepare your body for physical activity, but it can present another opportunity to extend players learning from their …

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Fundamental Movements

Why the tag games need a purpose to play? Tag games are a great chasing activity that gets players moving. In most tag games I’ve witnessed anyone who was tag was out. You can, of course, still play that way but what is the learning outcome for the players? Tag games give participants an opportunity …

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How Do I Know if my Child is Talented? Tips for Coaches and Parents.

How Do I Know if my Child is Talented? Tips for Coaches and Parents. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up” – Picasso   The child’s brain has enormous, unlimited capacity. Imagination and creativity are two traits that continually require proper stimulation. Therefore, combining cognitive …

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Consequences of Negative Stress on Children Playing Football

Consequences of Negative Stress on Children Playing Football Negative stress occurs when the training process is carried out improperly: when inflated goals and expectations are placed on a child. A similar effect can be due to too early specialization and starting in competitions, where the level of the opponents far exceeds the child’s capabilities, and …

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Winning or Losing: How to Communicate with Children after a Football Game? Tips for Parents

How to Communicate with Children after the Football Game? Tips for Parents   Watching kids play a game of football can be very emotional for sport parents. Even more so for their children. When the game is over, most parents try to talk with their loved ones with good intentions. Trouble is when the match …

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