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What Makes A Successful High School Soccer Program. Develop a philosophy or expectations for each season. Talent level Competition Age and Maturity level of players School philosophy involving playing time, and number of players carried on the team. Soccer Coaching Quotes to live by…..

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What Makes A Successful High School Soccer Program

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Develop a philosophy or expectations for each season

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  • Talent level

  • Competition

  • Age and Maturity level of players

  • School philosophy involving playing time, and number of players carried on the team.

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  • Soccer Coaching Quotes to live by…..

  • “Their football was exceptionally good – and they played some good football.” Andy Roxburgh

  • “Of the nine red cards we received this season, we probably deserved half of them.” Arsene Wenger

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The High School Coach and Club Soccer


    • Knowledge of players (This is your feeder system.)

    • Greater cooperation with club coaches.

    • Parents and community appreciate the visibility of the High School coach within the club program

    • Running training sessions and coaching a team improves knowledge, methods and confidence.

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  • Still young, keep playing

  • Take NSCAA and USSF coaching courses

  • Attend clinics and symposiums

  • Watch sessions, borrow ideas

  • Attend MLS and top amateur league games

  • Subscribe to Fox World Sports and Goal TV

  • Get Involved with the ODP programs

  • Listen to feed back from players

  • Have a coach you respect, evaluate your training sessions.

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  • More Quotes ……

  • “Too many players were trying to score or create a goal.”

    Gerard Houllier

  • “We ended up playing football, and that’s not our style.”

  • Alex MacDonald

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Team Rules and School Rules

  • Eligibility requirements

  • Be consistent on rules and infractions during practice

  • Knowledge of difficulties at home or in school (Demographic Profile)

  • Missing practice for all the right reasons and advantages overlooked by coaches and players

  • Transportation issues

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  • Quotes to remember …...

    “ Okay we lost but good things can come from it – negative and positive.”

    Glen Hoddle

    “A lot of hard work went into this defeat.”

    Malcolm Allison

    “Michael Owen is a good scorer – not a natural born one, not yet, that takes time.”

    Glen Hoddle

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  • Appointing a Captain

  • Role of captain

  • Involvement of the players in decision making

    • Scheduling

    • Practices

    • Line up suggestions

    • Team problems

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  • Pause before you speak to reporters…..

    “ We probably got on better with the likes of Holland, Norway, Belgium, and Sweden; some of whom are not even European.”

    Jack Charlton

    “Home advantage gives you an advantage.”

    Bobby Robson

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Pre Season Training

  • Schedule for everyday, from opening day of pre season to final game. Schedule provided two to three months before season to players and parents.

  • How many sessions per day

  • Fitness test

  • Providing breaks from training - Team Building

  • Use of volunteer coaches and ex players- clearance

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  • Goal Keeping coach

  • Balancing the components of soccer into your pre season training.

  • Example of balancing components

    Week One

    technique tactics fitness psychological

    50% 20% 20% 10%

    Week Two

    technique tactics fitness psychological

    40% 30% 20% 10%

    Week Three

    technique tactics fitness psychological

    20% 50% 10% 20%

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  • Everybody plays the fool……

    “ We had enough chances to win this game. In fact we did win.”

    Alex Smith

    “I don’t read everything I read in the press.”

    Dave Jones

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Risk Management

Risk Management

Players cleared to train (physical, insurance)

Sufficient personnel for supervision of practices and matches

Medical assistance for practice and matches

Facilities safe for practice and matches

Proper equipment

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Does your web site provide personal information about your players?Awareness of Sexual Harassment Laws Players Moving EquipmentWater breaks and shortened training sessions

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Game Analysis Training Game players?What do I work on in Practices?The Use of Video

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Did he really say that? players?

“Hagi is a brilliant player but we’re not going to get psychedelic over him.”

Andy Roxburgh

“Cole should be scoring from that distance but I’m not going to single him out.”

Alex Ferguson

“I think one or two of our legs got a bit leg weary.”

Mick McCarthy

“When you are up 4-0, you should never lose

7-1.” Lawrie McMenemy

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Useful Information: players?

Generate publicity

Create or make aware of tradition.

Play as many games at night as possible.

Make college coaches aware of your players and your program.

Make the home games events.

Make your schedule challenging.

Ignore the parents and the critics.

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“He’s captain of the Rangers, and that’s one of the reason’s he’s captain”

Walter Smith

“They had a dozen corners, maybe 12 I’m guessing.”

Craig Brown

“What I said to him at half time is unprintable on the radio.”

Gerry Francis

“ We need goals when the score line is 0-0.”

Sven Goran Ericksson