November 25, 2015 9:48:40 AM AST

Watching an English Premier League U10 Academy team train the other day vindicated my belief that soccer is a sideways on sport. Often the players who were moving into a space to receive the ball did not check straight to the ball carrier (as on the left) but checked at an angle so that they could look over their shoulder to see if they were being followed by a defender (as on the right), which is more difficult if a player checks straight to the ball.  This is an aspect of Brazilian soccer I like very much and would encourage coaches to develop exercises which teach players the two habits of checking at angles to the ball and looking over their shoulders continually.

November 13, 2015 9:49:55 AM AST

Admiral Sports is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership with SF Glens Evolution.

“SF Glens Evolution wanted to create a completely unique team kit that represented their new brand identity,” Admiral Sports CEO Paul Hamburger stated. “Admiral’s designers worked with the club to create a whole range of custom teamwear, merchandise and accessories, including custom scarves, balls, pennants, and even phone cases.  As owners we’re personally involved to ensure the club get what they need directly from our factory.  We’re thrilled to be working with San Francisco’s largest youth club and look forward to helping them standout on and off the field.”  

November 10, 2015 1:00:24 PM AST

The game of soccer can be broken down into a competition of 11 players vs 11 players, or small groups of players, 2 versus 2 players, 3 v 3 etc. The real heart of soccer is the 1 v 1 duel. These duels happen all over the field for the full length of the game.The team that wins the most duels will, in all likelihood, win the game. 1 attacker versus 1 defender is the ultimate player challenge and coaches are well advised to practice 1 v 1 on a regular basis.

November 3, 2015 8:38:10 AM AST

Admiral Sports is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the Heritage Soccer Club.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Heritage Soccer Club, adding yet another NorCal club to the Admiral family,” Admiral Sports CEO Paul Hamburger stated. “Companies choose Admiral because of the value, factory direct pricing, and a custom kit that promotes the club brand.  We also offer our clubs an online store and service that's personal from the owners of the business.”

October 26, 2015 3:17:17 PM ADT

Admiral's run as the "brand of champions" continued with the Rochester Rhinos winning the 2015 USL Championship.  Rochester brought home the hardware thanks to a 2-1 overtime victory over the LA Galaxy II.

Second-half subtitute Asani Samuels was the hero of the night, scoring both Rochester goals on his way to being named the match MVP. Both of the goals came off set pieces, the first in second-half stoppage and the game-winner in the 112th minute.

October 26, 2015 1:25:52 PM ADT

One of the key questions coaches must ask themselves is “Are the players transferring what we do in practice to the game?”

Winning is, without dispute, good for morale but if the wins come by just kicking the ball and running after it this is not going to be very effective, developmentally, in the long run.

October 26, 2015 12:25:52 PM ADT

Temecula FC, a California program best known for success in the NPSL, is now making waves in the youth soccer market thanks to the leadership of both Willie Donachie and Kurt Merrill.

Donachie, who serves as TFC’s Director of Football, has immense experience in the professional game.  

October 7, 2015 11:46:04 AM ADT

When I was the Director of Coaching for a Florida soccer club a player arrived late for practice and I asked him why he was late? He replied that he had just finished cross country practice. While I walked around observing the different practices I noticed he was leaving practice before the other players and I asked him why he was leaving practice early? He told me he was playing club lacrosse and had to attend lacrosse practice! I am not sure if he ever became a great lacrosse player or a great cross country runner but he, certainly, never became a top level soccer player.

September 30, 2015 10:56:35 AM ADT

Adam Grinwis of the Rochester Rhinos, one of the top young goalkeepers in the USL, has grown and developed as a player over the years.  Much of the credit for his success should go to the Michigan Bucks, a team he joined at the tender age of 18.

“We brought Adam into the team as an 18-year-old high school senior and did our best to help to develop him into a professional goalkeeper,” Michigan Bucks Director of Coaching Gary Parsons commented.  “He is one of the most athletic keepers we have ever coached and has all the tools to make it in the professional ranks.   We look forward to watching his continued development that will most likely have him playing goal in Major League Soccer in the very near future.”

September 30, 2015 10:17:08 AM ADT

The USL’s Austin Azex are a great organization on and off the field, one that is very committed to the community.  They proved this once again by auctioning off game-worn jerseys from two matches with proceeds benefitting local charities like Susan G. Komen® Austin and the Aztex Soccer Foundation. 

Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is a local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured.