Kick Your Training Up a Notch with FAST!

Over the past five years, I have really noticed that coaches are bringing out all the "bells and whistles" in their training sessions. Practice fields seem to be littered with anything colorful to attract the attention of players and parents.

Bright colors and new products seem to be the trend.


It's simple...the colors and new coaching tools help the players become even more interested in the training session.

So, if you are one of those coaches that is constantly adding something new to your training, then look no further than the Soccer Innovations Field Awareness Soccer Training (FAST) system.

This colorful new technology will take your training sessions to a new level to say the least.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed up early to a personal training session that was scheduled with a 13 year-old girl. I set up a variety of tools to prepare for the training session. Then I pulled out the FAST system and set it up.

Once the young girl and her parents arrived, you c…

Be a Team Player

One of the areas that has always been challenging for me as a coach, as it pertains to defense, is teaching players the flat-back four defense.  Now, I'm not one of those coaches that stays with one formation for every team that I coach.  The formation that my teams play are based on the players that are on the team and what works best for their qualities.

However, back to my original point, the flat-back four defense, has alway been an interesting area to coach. Interesting and often challenging. 
Obviously, the older players catch on much more quickly than the younger ones. But, there are still challenges at all levels; especially if the players have never played that style of defense before. 
Why is it so challenging? 
In my opinion, teaching the spacing and the movement of the flat-back four is the challenging part. Defensive minded players always want to go for the ball. They love the thrill of the chase. Then when you attempt to teach them spacing, movement and responsibili…

The Jimmy Ball

The Jimmy Ball by Kevin Farley

Recently a parent was speaking to me and asked me a question. The parent said, “Coach, I know you have a career that has spanned over various levels of soccer, so I have a question for you.” The the parent asked, “What are some of the common themes that you used at each of those levels?”
Great question.

Having coached at the youth, club, high school and college, several thoughts came to mind.

However, the first thing that came to mind is very simple. Nothing is a better teacher or coach than a soccer player getting more touches on the ball. At every level, a soccer player is going to improve more when they touch the ball 5,000 times than when they touch the ball 50 times.

This simple thought is what makes The Jimmy Ball such a great soccer training tool for soccer players at all levels.

There are many training balls (on a chord) out there these days. There are training balls where the players hold the chord in their hands. There are training balls where the…

Making A Goal Scorer

Well, golfers hit ball after ball, day after day.  Baseballer's swing their bat thousands of times a year, even at the Pro Level.  Basketballer's shoot shot after shot after shot.  
How many shots do our soccer players get?   Could that be what we are lacking?  
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