The Merging Styles of Sneakers and Soccer Cleats / Soccer Boots

As early as 10 years ago, multi-colored soccer boots were still frowned upon by many in the soccer world.  “You better be a player with those cleats on!” would be the standard banter thrown at anyone brave enough to have any color of cleat other than black. 10 years on, and you have to look Read more about The Merging Styles of Sneakers and Soccer Cleats / Soccer Boots[…]

Expensive vs. Cheap Soccer Cleats – What’s the difference?

Are they going to make you a better player? In all honesty, no.  The athletes of the parents that work at StriveFar might disagree. The 10 year old is on Instagram following Footy Headlines, the 14 year old is looking at The18.com  to see what members of Barca are wearing, the common theme is the more Read more about Expensive vs. Cheap Soccer Cleats – What’s the difference?[…]

5 Soccer Drills for the Backyard

Heading All these drills are designed to be done in your backyard, when you have a spare half an hour before dinner or when you’re bored.  They all focus on some sort of ball control and will enable you to be so much more comfortable with the ball.  Just go out for a kick about, Read more about 5 Soccer Drills for the Backyard[…]

Soccer Drills – All you need is a wall and a ball!

Any top class soccer player in the world will probably have had the same best friends as the other top players, when they were growing up.  One best mate is a ball and the other best mate is a wall! The amount of progress that can be made with a wall and a ball is Read more about Soccer Drills – All you need is a wall and a ball![…]

How to Encourage Communication in Youth Soccer

During my year of soccer coaching in Denver, Colorado I have been startled at how loud and rambunctious a group of players can be off the field, yet as soon as they step over that line onto the pitch, a painful silence pollutes the air. On one side of the pitch, you have the loudest Read more about How to Encourage Communication in Youth Soccer[…]

Has the concept of Play been truly lost in America?

  At school I was always about 5 metres away from a soccer ball.  If I didn’t have one in my bag, then my mates did.  If we weren’t in lessons, we were on the school tennis courts with our bags as goalposts, scuffing up my trainers.  I went through a pair every couple of Read more about Has the concept of Play been truly lost in America?[…]

Be Honest, Are You Organising Or Coaching?

We’ve all been there.  Laid out a few cones.  Told our athletes how the drill works.  And they’re doing it.  They’re focused, they’re enjoying the drill, they hit some good shots and do things successfully.  Parents are looking on at little Johnny because he’s playing so well. Awesome – we’re coaching!  Job done! Well unfortunately Read more about Be Honest, Are You Organising Or Coaching?[…]

Confidence, Anxiety & Over-thinking. How to Add Psychological Training to your Private Coaching

When I first started private coaching, I concentrated very much on the technical aspects of the game.  But, a few months in, I realised I was missing a trick. That is the trick of sport psychology. Here are a few common problems that lots of athletes have problems with and how to combat them during Read more about Confidence, Anxiety & Over-thinking. How to Add Psychological Training to your Private Coaching[…]

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