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Make the football experience novel and change negative mind-sets

Make the football experience novel and change negative mind-sets

The two things I hear from students in my physical education classes when I say we’re going to be looking at football are usually I don’t like football and I’m not good at football. Although it can be a lot of fun, football can also be confusing, and many students are quick to discount their ability. read more
Teaching Social Justice and Democracy in Action

Teaching Social Justice and Democracy in Action

To embrace human rights is to become aware that without social justice there can be no fairness or equality; consequently, democratic processes cannot function. Essential to the definition of democracy is the notion that all people have equal power to live freely, to vote, and to speak. read more
A quick snapshot of an inventing games lesson focused on net games

A quick snapshot of an inventing games lesson focused on net games

This vignette provides a quick snapshot of an inventing games lesson focused on net games. We can readily appreciate the diversity of students’ skill levels and also how students are the architects of their own games. read more
Principles of Attack

Principles of Attack

The principles of attack will help a team in possession of the ball react to any situation during soccer. These principles apply regardless of the system of play and formation played by the team, and they will always apply, no matter how the game evolves. read more
Functional Exercises

Functional Exercises

The real teaching part of defending is establishing roles and responsibilities and emphasizing the importance of providing cover and distances. Here is an example of a functional defending exercise. read more
Running Exercises

Running Exercises

1. Straight Ahead Jog straight to the last cone. Make sure you keep your upper body straight. Your hip, knee and foot are aligned. Do not let your knee buckle inwards. Run slightly more quickly on the way back. Perform two sets. read more
Power Development

Power Development

A player’s capability to generate power is a key goal of many training programmes to improve the performance of explosive movements on the pitch. Training strategies encompassing the force-velocity continuum (figure 12.3) can be used to improve lower-body power in the soccer environment. read more
How to Successfully Execute Blocking

How to Successfully Execute Blocking

Good receivers play hard without the ball. Playing unselfishly is a big part of being a team player. read more
Perceiving Pressure

Perceiving Pressure

The mindset of a team can be strengthened or weakened by how they assess the challenges awaiting them. This definition of the situation shapes and drives subsequent performance. read more
Practicing Trust Will Lead to Success on the Court

Practicing Trust Will Lead to Success on the Court

During my early years as a young coach, I often was asked to explain the reasons for my success. My initial response was to summarize my understanding of the technical and tactical aspects of the game. read more
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