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9 Girls VS. Boys

Tips for Training On Your Own

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College Scholarships: Impossible or Manageable


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Girls vs. Boys

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Training Alone

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Team Spotlight

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College Scholarships

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Good Eating


Girls vs. Boys Soccer in the past has typically been seen as a male sport. Recently, many more girls teams have been put together. Girls soccer along with Boys soccer is a challenge; but, girls seem to have a harder time with the game due to the femininity. It is ok when boys become agressive with eachother and intentionally try to possibly trip or push up on another player. Soccer is not the most agressive sport but it can become very physical. If a female were to become physical with another player, the referee would blow the whistle immediately and give the player a red or yellow card depending on the severity of the action. Now, how is it fair that mens soccer can be more physical that womens soccer? It is not, girls train just as hard as boys and they should be able to be just as physical. Just because girls do not like all the same things as boys, does not make them weaker or less stronger of players. Below you will see the few differences between girls and boys soccer.

Coaching Girls Soccer

Coaching Boys Soccer

• People oriented, democratic approach works best.

• Intense Motivational Techniques work well.

• Coach should focus on the relationships among

• Coach should focus on the individuals rather than

players.

the team.

• Encouragement from the coach is important but not a necessity.

• Different drills during training sessions.

• Encouragement is not always expected. • Can handle different types possibly more intense training sessions.

From these points, you can say the main difference between coaching girls soccer versus coaching boys soccer is not the training sessions. The main difference is in the social and psychological factors. Some girls can handle being yelled at by a coach and some cannot. These psychological factors should not change the way girls games are looked at by referees. Just because girls need to be spoken to different ways does not mean they cannot handle rough and physical play.

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ow To Train Alone

Time invested in practice is not the only way to significantly improve your ability as a soccer player. Often a player will play on a team that practices once or twice a week. These practice sessions will not be enough, as 90 minutes to three hours per week is not sufficient to truly master the skills of the game of soccer.

First Touch All you need to work on your first touch is a soccer ball and a wall. Kicking the ball against the wall will allow you to trap the ball on the return and develop your fist touch. Warm up by rolling side foot passes into the wall and trapping the return. Progress the difficulty of your practice by increasing the power of passes, then driving passes with your laces into the wall while you stand 5 to 10 yards away from the wall. Practice taking a touch out in front, or way to the side to simulate creating space away from a defender. Practice equally with both feet when doing this drill, a player who is able to use both feet will be a valuable asset to his team. Also practice using a range of body surfaces to trap the ball. Pick the ball up in your hands and throw it at the wall, trap the ball using different body surfaces, including your thigh and chest.

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Shooting When you practice shooting find a goal or marking a goal using two cones as goal posts. When you are alone it is better to have a number of balls to avoid chasing the ball after every shot, either that or use a wall so the ball can rebound back to you. Clearly mark out a goal on the wall. Practice your shooting from 5 different points, one central one just outside either goal post, and one 5 to 10 yards wide on an angle. Aim for the top and bottom corners of the goal, as this is where the goalkeeper will find it hardest to make a save.


Passing You can practice passing the soccer ball by using a wall or stationary targets to pass to. Targets can be other balls or cones. Stand 10 to 20 yards away from a wall and roll passes into it. Use a small target to develop accuracy, use a specific brick in the wall as target or use chalk to mark a 3 to 6 inch target for a pass to hit. Practice with both feet. If you are on a field put balls down in scattered positions 20 to 30 yards from you. Award yourself points by hitting the ball you are passing into the stationary ball. Use side foot and driven laces passes, this drill will develop your range of passing. Practice lofted passes by putting hula hoops on the ground and landing the ball in them from different angles and distances.

ACTION PLAN The session below allows you to work a range of skills, and will take you approximately one hour.

• Begin practice by jogging and stretching thoroughly.

• Juggle the ball for 5 to 10 minutes; use both feet as well as thighs and head while juggling.

• Work on your first touch by standing 10 to 20 yards away from a wall with a ball at your feet. Pass the ball 20 times with your left foot into the wall, and trap the return. Repeat the process with your right foot. Repeat this drill 20 times on each foot driving the pass as hard as possible into the wall, keeping the ball on the ground.

• Hold the ball in your hands and throw it against the wall at differing heights. Practice 20 traps with each thigh, and 20 with the chest.

• Hit 100 shots 20 from each point described above.

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Team Spotlight FC Drive 2009 - 2010

Girls U12 Soccer Team

This team was together since the beginning. Friends for years and teammates forever, at least that is what everyone thought. It is hard for a coach to instruct girls at this age because they are at a point in their lives when their bodies and minds are changing. These girls had planned to play together until they entered high school and possibly beyond that, but because some girls could not handle the pressure, they cracked and thus caused a split. In this article you will read a series of questions asked to two different girls, Julia and Hope.

Question: How do you girls feel your team did together in the past years you have been together?

Julia: I feel that we as a team have created bonds that will last a life time. There is no greater bond you can have with your teammates. As a team we learned how to win and lose together with class.

Question: Hope, how do you think the outcome would have been if you girls would have stayed together as a team?

Hope: I think if we would have stayed together as a team we would have never gotten to achieve our goals of winning and as friends I strongly believe that we would not have been able to remain friends with some of the girls.

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Question: What do you think was the best part of being a team for so long and what will you take with you to other teams in the future?

Julia: The best thing I learned was that no matter how many differences you can have with someone, at the end of the day you can’t hold a grudge and you just have to let things go. Life is too short and you always want to know that your friends will be there for you when you most need them. And, I hope to take my competitiveness and my passion along with me to all other teams I play for in the future. The FC Drive team made me realize that if you have a passion about something you have to give it everything you have.


College Scholarships: Impossible or Manageable A college soccer scholarship can be an exciting end goal for a soccer player to pursue. A soccer scholarship will allow you to pursue a higher level of playing, as well as getting a higher level of education. Giving a scholarship can amount to a four-year financial commitment to you from an academic establishment; as such you must show yourself to be a reliable player on the field, and a positive character off it. Getting a college scholarship requires fitness, ability, and persistence.

Concentrate on the Now When college soccer comes into prospect it can be an exciting and stressful occasion. Many players panic and switch focus to improving their statistics or begin to play a more selfish style hoping to impress scouts. In truth this will have the reverse effect. If a college coach speaks to your club coach and gets feedback that you are not a team player; is that the first impression you want to give? If you have a “me first� attitude with your current team, this will likely not change in the college level of playing.

Be Humble While you may rate your ability it is easy to become selfish and focus on only your performance. This is not the kind of character a college coach will place a high value on, regardless of how good you are. Take responsibility as a team member and look to show leadership, trust the system you play in and ensure your coach will give a glowing reference to any college coach who calls. The opinion of your current coach will carry more weight than your parents, who will always be bias towards your ability.

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Be Proactive Many players hold out hope of a dream school sending a letter one day asking for you to go play for them. That is not the reality! Millions of players throughout the country will have similar goals to you and you must be positive to get yourself noticed. Develop a list of schools you would be interested in attending. Ensure the school offers an academic commitment you want as well as soccer. Email coaches and give them information on yourself. Things that will interest college coaches are;

• Your team and what level they play. • Your GPA. • Your ACT score. • Fitness levels (40 yard dash time, bleep test score, etc.). • Your game schedule and any showcase tournaments you are set to play in.

Sell yourself in an honest fashion and do not limit your options to only one or two schools. If your team is going to play in college showcase tournaments, log on to the tournament website and find what schools will be attending. Email any you will be interested in, college coaches usually attend these tournaments with a preset list of players to watch.

Keep Focused

Be Persistent

When a college coach does come to watch you play you will likely want to put in your best performance. The only way to do your best is to concentrate on the task in front of you. If you spend the game worrying about who is on the sideline rather than the game you can become stressed and will not give your best performance. Also take into consideration what a coach wants to see, if you argue with the referee or teammates this is a sign you lose focus during games. College coaches will also watch you warm up and interact with your teammates, be aware of how you want to be perceived, and the type of player you want to be seen as.

You may receive rejection during your college search and you should not take it personally or let it dent your confidence. Factors come into play during a college search that will be outside of your control. If you play goalkeeper and the coach has 3 returning goalkeepers they feel good about it is unlikely you will ever become a high recruiting priority for them. Spread your search wide and keep your focus on the end goal.

Scholarship Folder


FC DRIVE Soccer Club Open Tryouts

When: September 14 & 15 Where: Montrose Harbor Turf **Please visit website for specific times according to age groups** 10


Game Plan for Good Eating The fuel you put in your body will have a huge impact on your physical performance during a soccer game. The correct diet and hydration will have a direct effect on how far you can run, and how long you can play without becoming tired.

Hydration Hydration is a crucial element of soccer nutrition and also good health, for both adults and youth players alike. One study demonstrated that moderate dehydration is detrimental to soccer performance. However, it remains unclear whether this could be attributable to water loss in itself or the negative psychological associations derived from a greater perception in that conditioning.

Food Type The glycogen stores of the body play a large part in your physical capability standing up throughout a game. Healthy foods rich in carbohydrate will optimize your glycogen stores and allow you to make end to end runs during the second half and later stages of a game. Good foods to eat for carbohydrate are: •Whole grain pasta •Whole grain bread •Brown rice •Baked potato

ACTION PLAN •Plan your meals on game day in advance. •Eat a meal high in carbohydrate 2.5 to 3 hours before game time. •Eat a meal high in carbohydrate and protein immediately after a game. •Drink 1.5 to 2 liters per day of water. •Consume water or sports drink before, during and after a game. •Avoid processed foods, or foods high in sugar and fat. •Avoid drinking soda or highly caffeinated beverages.

Avoid High fat processed foods have little value to the body when it comes to converting food to energy. Soccer players should steer clear of high fat foods and candy, especially during the season.You should also avoid soda and juices high in sugar. Natural fruit juice is fine but brands containing high sugar levels will hinder performance not help it. Soda can also have a dehydrating effect on the body, putting you in a bad position before the game even starts with regards to hydration.

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