Tag: open space

  • World Cup ‘Towers’ Worth Watching: Fernando and José Torres

    Spain\’s Torres and America\’s Torres. Both play for their respective national soccer teams. Spain\’s Fernando Torres is much better known. However, due to injuries, this year\’s World Cup may belong to America\’s José Francisco Torres.

  • Spring Forward and Prosper

    Besides an easy way to remember which way to move the clocks for daylight savings in March, \’spring forward\’ into open space to receive a pass is a great way to get more touches on the ball.

  • Improving Throw-ins: Putting it All Together (part 4 of 4)

    A successful throw-in strategy and philosophy relies on movement along with checking-in, thrower awareness, and accurate throws. On most throw-ins, the thrower should have a minimum of three teammates open to receive the throw.

  • Fun Practice Alternative: Catch

    Most kids like a good game of catch. To give players a fun alternative to soccer practice, turn futbol practice into football practice. Pick quarterbacks and receivers and then have them run pass patterns. The only difference is that instead of throwing the ball being thrown, kick the ball.

  • Improving Throw-ins: Hit the Feet (part 3 of 4)

    Oftentimes, little thought is given to making sure that the throw-in is thrown in accurately. It is important that the ball is thrown at the player\’s feet in order to give that player the best chance to control the ball and to give that same player other options than just passing the ball back to…

  • Improving Throw-ins: Check-In (part 1 of 4)

    This is the first in a series of posts about throw-ins. The importance of the \’check-in\’ is shared first. There are many advantages for a player to check-in including greater ball retention and possession by the player and team.

  • Fun Practice Alternative: Ultimate Soccer

    Frisbees at a soccer practice? Sure, why not! Ultimate Soccer which is similar to Ultimate Frisbee, can teach soccer players about open spaces, playing with the head up, communication, and is a fun way to get and stay in shape.