Olympic Development Program

How to Train Olympic Development Program Players & Beginners in the Same Practice

As a coach, keeping players actively engaged in a training practice is difficult enough but then add in a wide skill variance with Olympic Development Program players to recreational soccer players and you have a BIG challenge.
This has been my first experience training players with this wide of a variation in skill. But this situation…

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Couple Duds Every 4th

There are Always a Couple Duds Every 4th

When you go through things too fast… you predictably end up with a couple duds.
The practice today provided a couple duds – whether it was the drill, the players that were doing it or even the 3v3 game – the entire practice lacked “POP”.
I went in thinking I had the best practice yet… but it…

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when it rains it pours at soccer practice

When it Rains it Pours…

… and makes the ball a lot heavier too.
Today, I noticed more weaknesses in the team than I had before. Probably because I am able to focus on their skill more since this is the third time. Things like:

Bad technique – passing, shooting, receiving, heading, etc.
Lack of touches
Little time with ball before/after practice – form…

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No Worm Grunting the Second Day of Soccer Practice

Was excited for the second day of soccer practice with the team but still was a little unsure about what I was going to work with the guys on with the ULTIMAGOALS.
Even though we arrived at the fields 45 minutes early we started about 20 minutes late. I remember my days in high school we…

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Day After the First Soccer Practice – Player Report

Mark talked to the coach of the team we practiced with the day before to get the feedback from the captains and some of the players.
The captains told their coach they learned a lot and really enjoyed the practice. A couple of the players wanted more information about the goals so they can practice on…

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First Day of Soccer Practice was not Worm Poop

Got to the field about an hour early to set up the ULTIMAGOALS and check out our training grounds. The fields were mushy as it had just rained about an hour and a half before we got there.
One of the ULTIMAGOALS was a defective one that was on life support with rusty springs, springs missing,…

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How to Create a State Champion Soccer Team

Having read testimonials and witnessing my grand kids, cousin’s daughter and others become the best on their team using an ULTIMAGOAL, made me want to take the proof to another level – help not just a player improve but an entire team…. but not just any team.
Take one of the worst teams and make it…

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