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  1. Finn's Dad

    Yanks Abroad 2017-18: Pulisic & Friends

    I have a player on my varsity squad who's going into 10th grade, but at the end of the summer, he's going to spend a few weeks with the Celtic club. Sometimes, players can get these connections through programs with connections... my player has the connection through a company called Coerver...
  2. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    Yeah, it helps. We want our JV (and B and C squads) to practice it for those exact reasons - sometimes it isn't called, and you can't stop. You have to keep playing, otherwise you're giving up an easy breakaway.
  3. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    We use a 3-man system in Minnesota, which helps. We've had blown calls with our JV and other lower teams since they use a 1-man system (which is horrendous). Obviously, you have good refs and bad refs, and sometimes they miss calls or overrule an AR for fouls. For example, we had a player...
  4. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    Yeah, you bring up a few good points, teddy. That's why I like bouncing ideas off of people. Most of the teams do play a long ball already, which is terrible in it's own sense. Some of the better teams will play the possession style, but it isn't often that even they play it. Our team does...
  5. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    I forgot to mention... With gegenpressing, we want to win the ball back in 4-6 seconds (off the top of my head, I think that's the time). If they don't, they should then check back to their 4-4-1-1 positions and wait for the next time to press. That will help eliminate space for the opponents as...
  6. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    The rotation is a work in progress. I got this job last season a week before the season started, so we discussed it but it was too much for the team to get at the time. We nixed the idea last year, but with the idea we will implement this coming season. At the varsity level, I focus solely on...
  7. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    Yeah, I hear what you're saying. I know that when they lose possession (Liverpool), they immediately look to win it back in order to quickly pounce when the other team is transitioning to an offensive shape. With our team, we played two general styles, labeled gold and blue (based on school...
  8. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    Last season, we purchased some GPS units (PlayerTek) that we use to monitor intensity, among many other things, so we can clearly identify with players the level that they need to play at for this tactic to work. We can isolate times that subs are in the game to make sure their intensity level...
  9. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    That's kind of what I was thinking, but wanted to make sure that I wasn't setting myself up for doing too much. In some of my readings, it talked about dropping players deeper to protect long balls, and so that made me pause to think maybe it's too much to do both in unison. I think our...
  10. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Team Tactics Question

    Hey guys. I'm the varsity coach at a pretty large school, and I am thinking about tactics for the coming season. The team has traditionally been middle of the road in terms of record and playing, with most seasons being around .500. Last year was my first year in charge, and along with the...
  11. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Free Kick Question

    This is kind of my thinking. It's a high school varsity squad, so the kids are pretty experienced, but... they're also still kids. I'm thinking that this would help with that confusion part. I think I originally got the idea by watching some free kick highlight clips and it looks like some...
  12. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Free Kick Question

    Hey everyone, We are getting into the playoffs of the high school season, and the team I coach had a great season. Today, we are working on free kicks and penalties, and while we have a few tricks up our sleeve, I thought about the rules for free kicks and wanted to see if anyone could clarify...
  13. Finn's Dad

    Worst Ref Stories

    Not sure if they get to be reviewed in youth games.  I did find a flaw, though.  When I went to review a recent ref, he didn't show up as an option.  So now I have no way of contacting the high school league (aside from email, which they despise) to let them know his performance.  This ref was a...
  14. Finn's Dad

    Worst Ref Stories

      It's difficult, for sure.  We had two more games recently, one filled with reckless challenges that went unchecked at the beginning of the game.  We were down 1-3 at half, but came back to tie it 3-3 with 10 minutes to go.  Then, one of their players blatantly kicked our kid, and the ref...
  15. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Formation Question

    Schnerres - the kids range in age from 13 to 19.  The 13 year olds are used primarily as subs to rest the older, better players.  My best forward is fast, technical, and physically strong.  In midfield, I have a kid with great control and dribbling skills, but not the best distribution.  On...
  16. Finn's Dad

    Worst Ref Stories

    In Minnesota, we get to rate officials after high school contests on a 1 to 7 scale.  For soccer, we rate on five areas - Application, Judgement, Positioning, Communication Skills, and Attitude.  We're told that this process affects their selection for state tournament matches.  The final column...
  17. Finn's Dad

    Worst Ref Stories

    I had a ref for a Saturday varsity soccer game that was awful.  He started out by saying, "I'm going to call this game like it is - a high school game.  I don't want to have to call it like it's U-12."  He continued, after coaches were dismissed, with saying, "I will only call malicious fouls."...
  18. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Formation Question

    I figured I wouldn't change the formation, but maybe ease off on the attacking mentality a little bit.  We'll give it a shot and see how it goes.  Some of these guys that we will be facing are potential college players.  Maybe not quite the D1 type... I'm not sure since I've never seen them in...
  19. Finn's Dad

    Soccer Formation Question

    "Brief" background: I've taken over as varsity head coach for a small urban high school in Minnesota.  We have a small school with many students from other countries, with the most dominant backgrounds being Latino (mostly Mexican-descent) and Liberian.  The kids have grown up playing pick-up...
  20. Finn's Dad

    World Cup /Soccer Casual Fan Observations

    I think WhatIfSports.com would allow that type of simulation, and it goes much quicker (and appears more accurate) than a FIFA simulation.