Soccer, bloody soccer
Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:37 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:00 PM
yes on the spacing a little...but if he's 8...he'll never get to practice the spacing. Watch 8 year olds play...it's a swarm of kids with a ball stuck somewhere in the middle
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:54 PM
much like teaching a kid how to play golf. let them try in their own way first, then from there you introduce methods that accent the way they play. if you try to teach some things from the ground up, its not owned by the kid as much.
the other reason for spacing is because of the bunching up of kids. there is a reason thats so common at that age. kids who spread out and then give lanes for passing and just let speed take over do very well at that level.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:05 PM
Psycho parents and incompetent Refs are not a good combination.
My golf Buddy and his wife used to be League Directors and sometimes I'd go hang with him on game days while he was overseeing games, plus my daughter played.
Holy shyt, never a dull moment.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:50 AM
Your probably not gonna like how the game is played at this level but in a couple years get him in a upper division and you'll see how the game is coached and how the players think.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:18 AM
At that age dribbling is most important I think, being able to kick it just hard enough to get it where you want it to be, to force your opponent to commit too early or not at all on it. Kids that can do that, even just a little, tend to run rings around the other kids. Kids want to kick it really hard to get it further downfield but usually that plays into the hands of the other team. It's strategy combined with skill so its harder to teach, but drilling on kicking a ball to stop at a specfic place on grass is a good thing to try.
Don't expect too much though, at this age soccer is basically 6 kids in a circle all kicking each other hoping to hit the ball instead.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:04 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:51 PM
Make him an endurance player. Start early. Skills will come with age. Like someone said...simple trapping techniques you can do in your garage when it's nasty out. Chest, inner thigh, etc. Get him to get the ball to his feet from those positions fast and return the pass to you....under control.
Understanding passing the ball where you anticipate the person to be...not where they are makes not only your kid better, but the other kids he plays with because they will instinctively begin going to the open spot when he has the ball. Once he's passed it, your son will then need to learn how to move without the ball. Just like basketball, great players do things without the ball to make the team better. Whether it is screening a defender or getting to an open spot.
Nicer weather you can begin working on shot positioning.