A Needed Approach: Developing Creative Players

A Needed Approach: Developing Creative Players
by John Dingle

Prior to 1990, the US Men’s National Team had failed for 40 years to qualify for a World Cup. We have qualified for every World Cup since and no one expects this to change in the future. American players are currently playing all over the world and have been accepted by major clubs in Europe and Mexico. Opponents of the national team now respect our US Men’s team. They realize, they can’t expect to win without bringing the ‘A’ game. We are now expected to get out of our group at every world cup and have reached the quarterfinals in 2002. Our style of play is now closer to top soccer countries’ style. We now play out of the back on a regular basis. Goalkeepers pass the ball after saves and on goal kicks. We now attempt to play through defensive lines as opposed to skipping them or player over the lines as our preferred method of attack. When we get the ball wide Continue reading


Soccer Talk-The Fastest Way to Improve a Team

Soccer Talk-The Fastest Way to Improve a Team
By John Dingle

Teams that talk more on the field play better.  When a team communicates with each other on the field they are exuding confidence that can be contagious.  This talk can also put the opponent into an emotional shell.

What is soccer talk; the three types:

  • Information to an individual- turn, hold, force to inside, and take them on are a few examples.
  • Information to a group or team- push, shift, drop, play faster, and possess the ball are some examples.
  • Emotional talk-who  is going to win this ball, we are creating chances, you are better than that, and great stuff are some of the emotional phrases you hear on the soccer field.

Who does the soccer talk: Continue reading

Youth Soccer Coaching: Lessons from USA WC Game I

Youth Soccer Coaching: Lessons from USA WC Game I

by John Dingle

The US Men’s National team played Ghana in their first game of the 2014 world cup. Each US player possesses a soccer personality that allow them to fill roles for the team. The soccer personality is rooted deep in the player; as it is part of their overall personality, characteristics, attitude, and their physical characteristics. They developed their skill set because their soccer personality lead them in that direction. Youth coaches can help foster the move to the direction of player develop of each type of soccer personality.

Below is a chart of each starting player, the role they played, primary responsibilities, their must-have skill set, and ideas of how youth coaches can help develop these roles. Continue reading