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Soccer Tactics for Shooting: “Follow Your Shot”

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A shot is taken on goal the ball bounces off the goal-keeper or the goal post and there is no one there to simply tap the ball into the net. Then, one hears the frustrated coach and a chorus of bewildered spectators screaming, “Follow the Shot … Follow Your Shot!”

One would think that soccer players would instinctively follow-every-shot and yet there is a lack of urgency to do so even at the highest level.  Makes one wonder why since we know that the key to creating good soccer habits comes from good consistent repetition.

Why U-6 & U-8 Soccer Players Need to ‘Follow the Shot’

Coaches are taught: “If ‘it’ happens in the game –Practice ‘it’! ‘

(IT) in this case means, “Follow the Shot”

Let’s take a look at the U-6 and U-8 games which have No Goalkeepers; resulting in no Rebounds off GK; meaning no need to practice (IT); with no repetition of (IT) there can be no habit created in these years of play.

Goals in U-6 and U-8 games are many times marked-out by cones, flags or round-plastic tubes; resulting in very few (if any)-rebounds; meaning few (IT) practices needed; with a few repetitions (if any) creating the habit of (IT) may not happen.

In the U-9 and U-12 games goalkeepers are introduced; resulting in some rebounds off the GK; meaning there is a need to practice (IT).  But, how many shooting sessions have you observed, in these age groups, where balls were purposely deflected by the GK so that (IT) could be practiced?

Unfortunately, goals in these age groups are also marked-out by cones, flags or round-plastic tubes; resulting in very few (if any)-rebounds; meaning few (IT) practices needed; with a few repetitions (if any) creating the habit of (IT) may not happen.

We know that to create a habit one must repeat (I repeat) one must repeat the movement over and over and over again.

Learning Technique

In his article, “Brain Study and Learning Technique”, Paul Recer, Associated Press Writer had this to say…

“It takes the brain about six hours to store in memory a new physical skill, such as riding a bike and this memory can be wiped out if the mind’s storage process is interrupted by trying to learn another new skill researchers have found.

“We’ve shown that time itself is a very powerful component of learning,” said Dr. Henry Holcomb, a psychiatrist who heads a Johns Hopkins University group that studies how people remember. “It is not enough to simply practice something. You have to allow time to pass for the brain to encode the new skill.”

“By measuring the blood flow patterns in the brain, the scientists determined that it takes five to six hours for the memory of a new skill to move from temporary storage site in the front of the brain to permanent storage at the back.

During those six hours there is a window of vulnerability when memory of the new skill can be easily eroded if the person attempts to learn a second new skill.

If you were performing a piano piece for the first time and then immediately started practicing something else, then, that will cause problems in retention of the initial piece that you practiced”, said Holcomb.


It would be better, he said, if the first practice session was followed by five to six hours of routine activity that required no new learning.


In the Hopkins study, the researchers used a positron emission tomography device, or PET, to individually measure blood PET and then taught to manipulate PET image flow in the brains of 16 test subjects while they learned a new motor skill. The people were placed into an object on a computer screen by using a motorized robotic arm. The test required unusually precise and rapid hand movements that could be learned only through practice.

During the learning process showed that blood flow was most active in the prefrontal cerebral cortex of the brain.

After the learning session, the test subjects were allowed to do unrelated routine things for five to six hours and were then rested.

When operating the robotic arm this time the blood flow was most active in the posterior parietal and cerebella areas, said Holcomb.

“This shift in the brain is necessary to render the memory invulnerable and permanent,” he said. “What we see is the consolidation of the memory.”

It is such a consolidation, said Holcomb, that allows a person never to forget some skills, such as riding a bike or swimming (Inserted: FUNdamentally- Following-the-Shot) that were learned as a child.”

Using Real Goal Posts in Practice

There you have it –Common Sense that tells you, If it happens in the Game – Practice it and Scientific proof that practice of the movement (IT) must be as realistic to game conditions as possible.  And the one constant that we can use to create the habit of (IT) is the use of real Farpost goals!

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)

Why Coaching U-6 & U-8 Soccer to always 'Follow your Shot' is Critical

Ordering Portable Soccer Goals for Practice

If you are interested in getting portable aluminum soccer goals to start training following the shot for rebounds on, a good place to order from is Farpost Soccer Goals Ltd. Farpost Goals builds very high quality portable soccer goals that are used by clubs across North America. They are built for competitions and everyday training, making them a great asset for coaches. Visit Farpost’s online store to order yours.

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.



Youth Soccer Trends & Farpost Soccer Goals Ltd. Biggest Contributions

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Youth Soccer Trend Setters Form an Alliance

The year: 1980

FUN SOCCER Enterprises publishes/copyrights and gives permission to California Youth Soccer Assoc. (CYSA) to include  the “Modified Playing Guidelines” for U-6, U-8 and U-10 players in its ‘”Development Player Program” booklet both of which were written by Karl Dewazien (aka Koach Karl). Critics from the US soccer community asked, “What is wrong with these hippies in California? Don’t they know soccer is an 11-a-side game?”

The year: 1985

US Youth Soccer Association requests and receives permission from CYSA to distribute a handout entitled, “Young Player Development Program” which includes Koach Karl’s  “Modified Playing Rules.” Critics from around the world wondered, “What is wrong with these Americans? Don’t they know soccer is an 11-a-side game?”

The year: 1998

Michael Cash sees a need to design goals that are strong, easy to carry and simple to set-up and take down.  Goals that are versatile and safe so even the youngest of players can use them.

The year:  1999

Farpost Soccer Goals Ltd. becomes a manufacturer of high quality aluminum goals that are absolutely safe to be used on any surface. Grass, turf, all weather sports fields, hardwood gym floors.

The year: 2005

The 5-piece sharpshooter soccer goal is designed and developed to fulfill the need for Backyard/Street soccer games; Small Sided Practice games and Modified League games which were becoming extremely popular.

The year: 2016

Koach Karl is intrigued by the slogan, “Three-Goals for the Price of One!”  and contacts Farpost Soccer Goals Ltd.  Michael Cash, President suggests a meeting to make a presentation of his claims and makes arrangements to fly from Vancouver, Canada to Fresno, California

Some of my notes from that original meeting:

  • Goal inside carrying bag light & easy to carry.
  • 5 easy pieces to put together.
  • Assembled in less than 5 minutes
  • Knotless netting attached to the crossbar eased assembly
  • Velcro straps are tied to the net. No loose parts
  • Taken down in less than 4 minutes
  • Also assembled and taken down safely by a child
  • Resembled and functioned like World Cup goal

Super highlights

  • Goal adjusted from U-6 to U-8 to U-10 sizes with the*(click* of a few buttons…!!!)
  • I imagined the field space that could be saved by having these easily adjustable goals on Modified Fields
  • I realized that these goals would be ideal for Modified Games; Small Sided Games and Backyard soccer.

A couple of extra-kickers

  • Farpost offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and 2 years on the netting – Priceless!
  • Professional clubs like the Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New York City Football Club use Farpost soccer goals in their training.
  • And over 800 youth soccer clubs in North America use Farpost soccer goals in their smaller-sided games, training and tournaments.

The year: 2017

FUNdamental SOCCER highly recommends (endorses) the use of Farpost goals in the ‘Modified Games’ program.  Critics may ask, “What is wrong these people? Don’t they know we already have all the goals we need?”

Endorsement Reads

I realize that it took over  30+ years for the ‘Modified Laws’ to become standardized throughout the USA from which the children will now benefit. I just hope it does not take that long for the US soccer community to  realize that they can have ‘Three Goals for the Price of One’ which are realistic looking/functioning with a lifetime warranty from which their community will benefit.

For more details and a reasonable discount on these high quality adjustable goals go to: www.farpostgoals.com

Your FUNdamental,

Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)

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