A Blueprint For Success In Soccer

A Blueprint For Success In Soccer

Soccer is a game that has so many demands. To get not only an individual, but an entire team to be at their healthiest and sharpest at different times of the season is not easy.  Some people, like Mike Young PhD and former fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, have a very good understanding of the sciences behind periodization for soccer. Below is a great slide every soccer player and coach should check out.  Notes are below. 

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Strength Workout For Soccer Players: Single Leg Deadlifts

Strength Workout For Soccer Players: Single Leg Deadlifts

Soccer players hammer their quads playing with all of the stop and go, change of directions.  Especially midfielders. Going into the weight room and doing squats and lunges where the knee goes through a lot of flexion and extension is not always necessary, let alone helpful. 

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Designing A Great Soccer Practice: Interview With Tom Sauder of Soccer Practice Books

Designing A Great Soccer Practice: Interview With Tom Sauder of Soccer Practice Books

Any soccer coach looks forward to games, but they know the real work takes place in training. Piecing together the perfect soccer practice where players are focused, learning, and challenged is probably more of an art than a science. However, a great training session will include certain elements that without them, the training session falls short of amazing.

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The Baller's Swag: Training Habits Of The Successful Soccer Player

The Baller's Swag: Training Habits Of The Successful Soccer Player

In this post, I will discuss my disdain for what I call "the baller's swag".  I see it so much these days, even in little kids.  I am sure a little swag or confident body language helps with peak performance, but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the laziness or "too cool to work hard" swag. 

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5 Things Great Soccer Players Have In Common

5 Things Great Soccer Players Have In Common

Great soccer players understand mistakes are a part of the game and they don't give too much credence to a bad game or even a stretch of poor performances.  Another way of saying it is that they are not too attached to a certain outcome and because they are detached, they are less likely to over-think. This way of being is more likely to lead to flow state or peak performance states. 

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One Problem With American Soccer

One Problem With American Soccer

The  lives of American children seem either too structured or not structured enough. Pick up soccer is a middle ground activity. Neighborhoods where kids get together in the street and play are less and less (and when they do its probably not soccer). More often than not, time spent is either in the house on technology or school work, or out of the house for a structured activity like soccer practice.  In other countries kids still play, and often, it is soccer. 

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Bayern Munich Fitness Testing

Bayern Munich Fitness Testing

Bayern Munich doing fitness testing with their players. Notice the quick feet and smile of World Cup hero Mario Gotze.  What I can see is a vertical jump test with no arms, nice quickness, reaction, and agility test all in one which looks pretty awesome. VO2 Max testing for aerobic endurance, a functional movement screen to screen for injuries which includes the overhead squat, step over, and push up in the video, and  a shoulder mobility test.  

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Insight and Inspiration From F.C. Kansas City and U.S. Women's National Team Player Yael Averbuch

Insight and Inspiration From F.C. Kansas City and U.S. Women's National Team Player Yael Averbuch

Yael currently plays for the Washington Spirit in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team.  During her career as a center midfielder at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Averbuch was named national player of the year by both Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer. In this interview we discuss soccer training, mindset, and more. 

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7 Strategies To Make Your NEXT Soccer Game Your Best EVER

7 Strategies To Make Your NEXT Soccer Game Your Best EVER

Soccer exercises, practices both mentally and physically, that will have you playing your best (or close to you best) the next soccer game, tryout, or practice you have.  Using meditation, eating and not eating certain foods, and when to train hard versus recover are some topics covered. 

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3 Traits You Must Have To Be A Goal Scorer

3 Traits You Must Have To Be A Goal Scorer

Goals scoring, like sex, eating certain foods, hiking glorious mountains, these are some of the best external sources of pleasure in life.  Scoring goals is perhaps the greatest of them all, depending on the magnitude of importance and beauty of each goal. Read more to score....more. 

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A Letter To Injured Athletes

A Letter To Injured Athletes

Part of being a soccer player is having the courage to put our bodies on the line. Whether it is to get a small touch on the ball to redirect it in the back of the net, getting stuck in to win a 50/50 challenge, or pushing our bodies to run that extra sprint in the dying moments of the match, soccer is a demanding game that poses some risks.  With risk, comes the chance of injury.  As movement teacher and philosopher Ido Portal says "Injuries are a certainty. They are not a probability. ... They are also required.”

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Increase Soccer Speed With 2 Simple Methods

Increase Soccer Speed With 2 Simple Methods

Soccer performance demands and development are on the forefront of research these days and within the last year there have been some huge studies.  Not every study is done perfectly, but I think when they use large enough sample sizes and actual soccer athletes like they did in the cases below, there is a lot to learn and it would be dumb of me not to use this valuable information to help players and coaches.  So, lets get nerdy and dive in to the science.

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Who Is The "Soccer Poet"?

Who Is The "Soccer Poet"?

The Soccer Poet is none other than Dan Blank. His bio is at the bottom of this interview where you can find out more information about him. I am very confident that after you hear his insights on the game of soccer,  you will definitely want more of his knowledge bombs.  After reading one of his books called Rookie: Surviving Your Freshman Year Of College Soccer, I told Dan "if only I had read it before entering my college soccer career,  it would have saved me so much frustration and agony".   Let's dive in, not on a tackle, but into the wisdom of the Soccer Poet. 

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Walking The Walk: An Interview With Coach Bryan Wallace

Walking The Walk: An Interview With Coach Bryan Wallace

Bryan Wallace is a Jamaican American who played for the U17 and U20 Jamaican National Teams. As a coach, he has had massive success at the youth level including:  Coast Soccer League Cup title for 3 consecutive years, Far West Regional League fall and spring season, North South Premier title, Nomads College Showcase, Surf Cup, United Cup, NHB Cup,2012 Cal South State National Cup without conceding a single goal, Western Regional title a first in clubs history, Surf Cup, Dallas Cup, Far West Regional Spring league, SCDSL Tier 1 Champions, NHB Cup, Nomads College Cup, Albion Cup.   In over two years, one of his teams won an amazing 198 games competing against 200 opponents.   In 2012 Coach Wallace was awarded the California South Nike Competitive Coach of the Year.  Currently, Bryan coaches at West Coast FC in Southern California.

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Interview With Dr. Jay Martin, The Winningest Coach In College Soccer History

Interview With Dr. Jay Martin, The Winningest Coach In College Soccer History

It is pretty safe to say that Dr. Jay Martin knows the game of soccer inside and out.   More important than his knowledge of the game is his understanding of competitiveness, character development,  and what the pillars of success are whether we are talking about sports, or life in general.   He is the John Wooden of soccer.  It was both an honor and privileged to access the mind of this incredible man and soccer sage.  

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