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Soccer Education for the Serious

    Ep 271: What Is and Isn’t Remarkable About American Soccer?

    Ep 271: What Is and Isn’t Remarkable About American Soccer?

    In previous episodes, we’ve discussed language and why it’s wise that we update our soccer vocabulary. Well, in this episode, we’re to focus on just one word. The word is: remarkable. Gary Kleiban joins me to answer some of these questions: What is remarkable? What isn’t remarkable? What are the good and bad sides of [...]

    • 36 min
    Ep 270: Who’s Really Making Money Off Youth Soccer?

    Ep 270: Who’s Really Making Money Off Youth Soccer?

    Being a coach, administrator, trainer, or educator in youth soccer is a job like any other. Why should anyone be expected to do it for free, or for minimum wage, or for less than minimum wage? That’s the expectation in American youth soccer, though. Those who make money in youth soccer are often unnecessarily demonized. [...]

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 269: How to Use Foundational Rondos and Really Improve Your Players

    Episode 269: How to Use Foundational Rondos and Really Improve Your Players

    The biggest misunderstanding of the rondo is that it s been perceived as just circle keep away. Where you have some number of players on the perimeter and some defenders in the middle. The classic circle keep away warm-up. That s what most coaches think a rondo is. As you’ll hear us say, rondos, especially foundational rondos, [...]

    • 33 min
    Episode 268: Why You Should Expand Your Soccer Vocabulary and Get Rid of These Limiting Words and Phrases.

    Episode 268: Why You Should Expand Your Soccer Vocabulary and Get Rid of These Limiting Words and Phrases.

    The language used throughout American soccer is weak, and ugly. Using words like pace and phrases like whip in a cross instead of words like elegance or skipping by a player. Depending on your particular vocabulary, it can expand or limit your judgement of the sport as a whole. Today, we re going to discuss the [...]

    • 18 min
    Episode 267: Why You Need to Develop Pattern Recognition and Pattern Matching.

    Episode 267: Why You Need to Develop Pattern Recognition and Pattern Matching.

    In this week s episode, Gary and John continue covering the topic of early talent identification. This is part 2 of this series. You can find part 1 here. In this round, we tackle additional important topics, such as: How to calibrate yourself to see and read the game differently. Why you need to develop pattern [...]

    • 53 min
    Episode 266: Do You Know What “It’s Just a Game” Really Means?

    Episode 266: Do You Know What “It’s Just a Game” Really Means?

    Have you ever found yourself saying the phrase It s just a game ? Well, I know I have. But, over the years, and even more so recently, I ve realized that it s so much more. And today we re going to talk about why that phrase is so prevalent in American soccer and the realities of what sport [...]

    • 23 min

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