Archive for the ‘Coaching’ Category


Redefining 1st touch in Soccer: Definitions matter because Communication Matters

November 7th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Redefining 1st touch in soccer: Definitions matter because communication matters Why have a definition with a list of exceptions to the rule when you could have a definition that includes the exceptions? The definition of 1st touch in soccer is currently similar to the time before Copernicus and Galileo when scientists said that the planets [...]

Elite Players should know multiple systems of play

October 29th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Elite players should be able to seamlessly adapt to tactical switches, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said Friday, rebutting concerns raised by right-back Micah Richards over Mancini’s preference to play with three center-backs. Roberto Mancini says top players must be flexible. “Good players should be able to play in any system,” said Mancini. “If you are [...]

David Moyes of Everton is a golden god!

October 3rd, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

As I have said in this very blog on multiple occasions I think that David Moyes of Everton is one of the best professional football managers in the world. His consistency with meager resources is tremendous. Everton is currently second in the EPL ahead of the Manchesters. Finally, someone else recognizes David Moyes as a great manager. 3rd longest [...]

Why Put Your Kid at A Movement Disadvantage?

September 4th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

A great video from a movement expert at a shoe store with his kids. He discusses how Parents are hurting the children’s biomechanics by purchasing bad shoes. In kindergarten he said that he doesn’t see heel strikes as the children move, but in first grade it starts up and just keeps getting worse. “Today’s episode [...]

Preseason Prep: Common Toe Problems in Soccer

August 15th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Common Toe Problems In Soccer Josh Kilpatrick, MD Daryl A. Rosenbaum, MD Aug. 24, 2010 —————– Play with 2 socks: a normal cotton one under the usual “synthetics/polyester/nylon” team sock. All those synthetic materials are bad for friction and shear the cotton absorbs and sweat and handles the stresses and strains better. One basic check is: do not play [...]

“I want a little Nasty” Klinsmann or Popovich

May 31st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

I am shocked at how naive many commenters are regarding Klinsmann’s comments where he used the words ‘naive’ and ‘nasty’ to describe various qualities the USA mens team has and ones it needs. Have you watched top level national team soccer. I mean really watched? The US is not rough or dirty in comparison to [...]

Nice Coaches are Evil by draining the potential from their players

May 21st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Beware of Nice Coaches If a Coach Is nice, and friendly, and available. And never gives you the fierce criticism and the tough pushback that forces you to confront your weaknesses, take risks, stop whining, cut the excuses, get over your fears, and make hard decisions about your ability and future in soccer then the [...]

Real Madrid a disgrace to soccer

April 26th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

A hugely talented team that cost more to put together than almost any two other teams in the UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid. On the other hand as half time neared a stat I saw flashed across the screen was that Bayern had 64% of the possession. Why does the self-proclaimed most-talented-team-in-the-galaxy refuse to [...]

“English Disease” Alive and well – On the field.

April 25th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

In a not so distant past English teams were banned from European competition because their fans were spreading mayhem in the stands. Now we have an English team spreading that same mayhem on the field. Should the same measures be used to punish the offenders? What a disgusting display by Chelsea. Showing that the ‘English [...]

Running form is important in Soccer and should be Coached

January 11th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are many important skills and techniques to learn and perform in the sport of soccer. One of the under coached areas in running/sprinting form. These are not the same. It is important because much of the soccer game is spent moving around the field and more efficient technique of movement will save significant energy. [...]

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