How Sports Impacts The Lives of Girls and Women Long After Their Playing Days Are Done

Girls Soccer NoosaWGBH focuses media creation and production on Children’s Media and Education, Journalism, History, Arts and Culture, and Science.

Esteban Bustillos from WGBH has recently written an article discussing the lifelong impact of sports on girls and women.  It is an interesting article and definitely worth a read.  Click here to read more.

How can I train my football team?

As you’re coaching your new group of young stars, let them dictate how the practice goes. Be open to varying your allocated time per drill.

If one drill is working great and the kids want to do it longer than expected, no problem! The key is that they are having fun while out there, and naturally they will be learning the basics of how to play soccer.  Ball at their feet, and let them play!

Choose drills that have every player with a ball at their feet as much as you can. This will both keep them all more interested, but also slowly increase their natural ability and comfort with the ball.

Play lots of small sided games, and it is best to keep the numbers for a game LOW. Just have 3 v 3, or 4 v 4. Try to avoid having big games like 6 v 6 or more. The less players playing the more touch on the ball for everyone, and in turn the more fun they will have.

Although some of these games can be for older players as well, keep to just the basics for your beginner players… low pressure and LOTS of encouragement and support. Read more

What skills do I need to have to be an amazing Football Coach?

An effective football coach must not only have an in-depth knowledge in everything about football. They must also possess special characteristics that will help them become a great coach and produce a winning football team. A successful football team does not just rely on the physical and technical requirements, but usually more than those. The football coach must develop skills to fulfill them.

Here are 10 typical features that every football coaches must have. Read more

How can I encourage my kids soccer team?

Good communication between teammates is an essential ingredient in a good football team. A pass should be called for and players need to be told whether they have space to turn or are closely marked. Try the following soccer coaching tips to get your players talking!

GoalkeeperStart talking with your goalkeeper

Communication on the pitch is very important and it’s a topic which concerns a lot of football coaches. One of the most important areas of communication is getting your goalkeeper to talk to the defenders. The goalkeeper is often pictured as isolated at the back, but he or she is the catalyst for the rest of the team to talk to each other. So use the goalkeeper as much as you can.



Goalie tips

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What is Team Work?

When you’re coaching a team of young football players it’s great to encourage players’ individual skills and abilities but make sure you emphasise that no one player will win the game because winning matches requires effective teamwork!

Key soccer coaching tips

Kids Football NoosaThe first and most important rule to coach your players is that Teams Win Games. These are three simple, but very powerful, words that lie are at the heart of successful youth soccer coaching.

Once each player understands and remembers this, your job as a youth soccer coach will get a whole lot easier.



Coaching your players to understand this concept will help counteract the media messages and headlines they’re exposed to all the time in magazines, on the internet and on TV implying that individual celebrity players are the winners of a match. Read more