The NSCAA has released it’s coaching course schedule for April 2013, showing courses in Wilson NC (5-6 April), Ellisville MS (12-14 April), and Summerville SC (Charleston area) (26-28 April).
The Wilson NC course offers a Level 2 Diploma, while the courses in Ellisville MS and Summerville SC offer a Level 6 Diploma.
The NSCAA master schedule shows courses planned all the way through 15 September 2013.
While you are visiting NSCAA, be sure to check out their Online Resource Library. It offers a ton of helpful coaching knowledge at no cost to you. Most of the content is in video format, so there’s not much boring reading to do. (Login required.)
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Open body shape is critical for soccer player success. Players who work to show an open body shape to ball and field elevate their game to an entire level. Open body shape means that the player who does not have the ball turns to face the open field and the ball, and to get to a position where that player can receive the ball and immediately turn and move forward.
We’re not sure whether to characterize this as humor or terror, but it’s a good example for new coaches of how new soccer parents really think.
Admittedly this video was scripted by a coach, but it’s been written by an experienced youth coach who has obviously lived through many such conversations with soccer parents. Point by point, the conversation turns to real things that parents misunderstand.
Southern Soccer Scene reports that the US Women’s National Team, with new coach Tom Sermanni, has taken two matches from Scotland.
The US women gained their second win over Scotland within four days. A crowd of 14,224 watched the US win 3-1 loss at LP Field in Nashville.
Reports say this was the largest crowd ever to watch the U.S. Women in the state of Tennessee.
FIFA has announced that it will use goal line technology at the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil.
FIFA has already licensed two goal line technology systems, Hawkeye and Goalref, and is open to receiving solicitations from other vendors.
In the most recent report, the German firm Cairos appears to be the leading candidate system.
Sources cite embarrasing assistant referee mistakes such as the Frank Lampard goal scored but not awarded against Germany in the 2010 World Cup England v Germany match.
Don’t look for this in youth matches or college play, the technology is too expensive for all-purpose use.
There’s one certain way to guarantee your soccer player’s success, but you have to do your homework when your player is only 8. There are many other paths to success, but the path shown here is very reliable and produces early results you can observe, with satisfaction.
Many red cards are controversial – either undeserved or completely backwards. In a few cases, you may question the sanity of the referee.
Bad Red Cards
For example, in the Brazil – Ghana world cup match 2006-06-27, a Ghana attack penetrated the Brazilian defense into their penalty area. He splits two defenders but loses the ball. He continues forward to challenge for a loose ball, but the ball is cleared by a defender. The defender, never touched, pretends to be fouled, and should have been sent off. The attacker stumbles only slightly, and recovers his balance without touching the ground. The moronic referee issued a straight red – an astonishing result.
In 1996, a girls soccer coach in Atlanta wrote a very short article that’s become one of the most-copied guides for parents. The copyrighted article is reprinted here in it’s entirety, with permission from the author, whose site is Soccer Coaching Notes. The instructions below were intended as advice to the coach – how to coach parents to help their players.
It’s always a surprise to find an ancient soccer coaching site that’s still up and running, nearly in it’s original format. Newer coaching sites are very slick, with lots of video and animations, and perhaps in some ways less personal. Jeff Pill’s soccer site remains unchanged from many years ago, when disco was still popular.