Finishing the Half Chance

Finishing the Half Chance

The half chance is a term that is used to define a chance at goal that not all players see, and is lost quickly if not taken immediately.  Half chances occur unexpectedly and players need to be trained to be on the lookout. Continue reading


Making a Turn Touch

Animated Coach’s Library
Not Letting the Ball Run On Description
By John Dingle

Not Letting the Ball Run On
Observation:  Most youth players do not get a touch on a ball they wish to run onto and then see the ball go out of play or to a defender.  The players need to understand by using a turn touch they take pace off of the ball and change the direction of the ball.  Both of these results of a turning touch create an advantage to the attacking player. Continue reading

Heading Crossed Balls at Far Post

Heading Crossed Balls at Far Post

Observations: College, high school, and youth games observed this past week all had shooting opportunities at the far post from the head wasted.  As the ball travels across the goal, the keeper comes across the goal.  They move to protect the new near post.  Players need to be encouraged to play the ball back against the keeper’s momentum. Continue reading

Accuracy and Pace in Passing

Accuracy and Pace in Passing
The weak link in progressing the ball up the field is poor passing.  Poor passes usually fall into two categories:  accuracy and pace.  Inaccurate passes are usually immediate turnovers.  Continue reading