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An Anology for Youth Soccer Players

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Would children become proficient at playing a computer game if…


…an adult decided for them which game they would enjoy playing the most?


…they were given a ‘new’ game to play each time they sat down at the computer?


…they had to read the manual and know all the applicable rules before they could start?


…they could only play at certain scheduled times with an adult present?


…they could only play on the computer twice during the week and once a weekend?


…they were forced to play more than five times on certain weekends?


…they had to wait in line to get an occasional stroke on the keyboard?


…the week day game was totally different from the week end game?


…the computer room was usually full of noisy, gawking, emotional adults?


…the adults were in charge of turning on the machine, putting in the game, etc.?


…the adults hit the keys while the child was able to watch the action?


…allowing the child to hit the keys but giving a running commentary every action taking place?


…the adults insisted the child stroke the keys in a certain manner?


…the action at the first level was so frantic that the child could not succeed?


…the action at all levels was so slow that all the child could do was succeed?


…the monitor blanket-out leaving only the audio portion of the game?


…the game had a glitch that froze the action and the child could not figure out how to fix it?


…the computer explained ‘how to’ avoid making future mistakes after each and every mistake?


…the game was arranged in such a way that there was only one way to win?


…the computer did not record the scoring results of previous games?


…the adults anticipated and encouraged the child to beat the previous high score?


…the child was rewarded only when they were able to beat the previous high score?


…parents compared scores with family, neighbors and friends?


Common sense tells us that children would not enjoy playing or improve playing computer games under these conditions. Why do we often put them in the same environment when they are playing soccer (sports)?


Final Notes: Thank you for taking the time to read this and Sharing with your soccer community. Please send your thoughts and ‘words-of-wisdom’ on this subject to me at: koachkarl@fundamentalsoccer.com Thank You..!

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)




Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Train toward: ALL players becoming immediate Attackers when team gains ball possession!





            Five R’s for Attacking Techniques

1.  Read the Game (Glance)

2.  Run to Attack       (Move)

3.  Receive the ball  (1st Touch)

4.  Retain the ball   (Dribble)

5.  Release the ball (Pass or Shoot)



READ the GAME —  (Glance).

Memorize:  ‘Ball in flight  — Look left and right’.


Train toward:  Taking the eyes off the ball during the serve.

Seeing the present situation and anticipating future options.


RUN in ATTACK – Positioning to help teammates and hinder opponents

Using either support runs, check runs or dummy runs.


Train toward:  Walking, Jogging or Sprinting at the appropriate time to SUPPORT the Attack.

RECEIVE the BALL …BRING BALL UNDER CONTROL  — 1st part of 2-touch play

-MEET IT! – Move into line of flight

-GREET IT! – Use the ‘Magic Hop’ to relax the cushioning body part

– Cushion the ball on contact


Train toward: Not letting any ball get by you.

Not letting any ball bounce!


RETAIN the BALL …KEEP BALL UNDER CONTROL  — 3 or more touch play

-MEET the opponent – Go straight at him and force him to defend.

-GREET the opponent – Use a fake/feint to get him off-balance

-BEAT the opponent – Explode past him taking advantage of fake/feint.


Train toward: Tap the ball and Glance sequence!



-PUSH the ball slightly ahead

-PEEK to see the teammate/goal

-PLACE the ball into space/goal


Train Toward:  Accuracy over power!


Note:  This is one of the more difficult concepts for young players to develop.

soccer ball position (1) soccer ball position (2)





Final Notes: Thank you for taking the time to read this and Sharing with your soccer community. Please send your thoughts and ‘words-of-wisdom’ on this subject to me at: koachkarl@fundamentalsoccer.com Thank You..!

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)







Forward Soccer Position

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Forward(s) – What Should They Do

Forwards soccer position tips


Final Notes: Thank you for taking the time to read this and Sharing with your soccer community. Please send your thoughts and ‘words-of-wisdom’ on this subject to me at: koachkarl@fundamentalsoccer.com Thank You..!

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)


Ordering Portable Soccer Goals for Practice

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If you have any questions or require any assistance in picking a soccer net for your coaching practice, please don’t hesitate to contact Farpost Goals.

Potential ‘Ball Hogs’ in Youth Soccer

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Three Stages in Youth Soccer Development

Many youth soccer coaches complain that they have players who hang-on-to-the-ball too long and are afraid that they will end-up becoming ‘ball-hogs’. There is no need for them to worry because all players go through ‘three stages’ in their development. Top players go through the stages more rapidly than average players and some players just simply get stuck. The stages of development are:

  1. Dependent Stage  (Coaching tip – Need for patience)
  2. Independent Stage  (Coaching tip – Need for repetition)
  3. Interdependent Stage  (Coaching tip – Need for freedom)

Dependent Stage

Players in the Dependent Stage have little or no soccer background. They need others to learn from and the coach may become just one of the ‘others’. Coaches with players in this stage must be very patient and allow the players to fail their way to success as they attempt to mimic what has been presented.

Independent Stage

Players in the Independent Stage believe they have the skills, knowledge, background, etc. to win ball games for their team.  They feel that unless they take on the opponent and beat them the team cannot win. You will see a ‘selfish’ type of play from Independent players who many times are tagged with the title: ‘ball hog.’ Players who continuously keep the ball will eventually learn that ‘hanging on to the ball’ may not be the solution to the team’s success.

  • They will get tired during the middle or toward the end of the game – we know what happens to technique when one gets tired.
  • They may get injured since opposing players will find a way to strip the players off the ball.
  • They may be double teamed if the opposing coach knows what he is doing.
  • Their peers may let them know verbally or physically (no passes to them) that they are hurting the team effort.

All of these negatives (and more) will lead ‘smart’ players to conclude that: There is a time to dribble, A time to pass and A time to shoot…!

Interdependent Stage

Players in the Interdependent Stage the top stage, which takes many years to reach, realize that it takes everyone on the team to have a successful game/season. The few players who make it to this stage will have taught themselves (learned) that it is better to pass the ball to the outside in the Defending-third. That it is better to look for through passes in the Midfield-third and to dribble for a shot (on a Farpost goal) in the Attacking-third. In all cases they must feel very comfortable in hanging on to the ball (ball-hogging) until they find a better option. In the meantime let them have some FUN in this current stage which may be frustrating for you but a great time for them! 🙂 Your FUNdamental, Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)