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FIFA 2010 World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup. This will take place in South Africa and is scheduled for June 2010 (June 11th until July 11th). Between August 2007 and November 2009, qualifying rounds are being organized on every continent to select the participating teams. As confirmed by FIFA, the total prize money on offer is $ 420 million, a 60% more from the 2006 tournament.

There are total 32 spots available, out of which one spot is reserved for the host nation. All the 32 teams have been finalized including the hosts. Five Asian and Oceania teams, Thirteen European nations and 8 qualifiers for the American continent will participate in the tournament. South Africa being the host qualifies automatically along with 5 other African nations. There have been recent changes in the qualifying system. As per the new changes, Australia has been moved to the Asian qualifying group while New Zealand faces the sixth team from Africa for a berth in World Cup 2010.

A round-robin stage kicks off the competition. This consists of 8 groups with 4 teams in each group. The best 2 teams from every group advances to the final knockout rounds, the knockout round comprise of elimination games. The tournament will last for 4 weeks and 64 exciting games will feature in the tournament.

The result of the FIFA World Cup every year upsets few and surprises many. In the Last World Cup, Brazil and Argentina had disappointing performances; this will keep them under a lot of pressure of performing well. In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Brazilian players faced a lot of criticism at Home as they were eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Netherlands along with the defending champions Italy could be considered as contenders for the championship .

After winning the Euro 2008 title, Spain team around Fernando Torres and Xavi are coming with a huge confidence. South Africa is hoping to play brilliantly at their home but a group-stage knockout might become a big surprise.

The preparations of the World Cup are going on full swing these days. All necessary arrangements are being made and inspected to make this event a great one. The Local Organizing Committee and operational experts from FIFA have completed a tour of South Africa recently to see the arrangements. A few initial problems were reported, however it has been all taken care off.

If you plan to travel to South Africa for this great and historic event – The FIFA World Cup, there are plenty of other things you can count on. A Swim with penguins on the Cape Peninsula, Ride on an Ostrich would be perfect to make it a wonderful trip. And this does not end your soccer trip. A walk at the Garden Route makes it a memorable one. A visit to Devil's park in Cape Town, St. Lucia's Nature Reserves and Durban's Drakensberg will make it a perfect outing for you. Overall 2010 World Cup Trip to South Africa would be one to be cherished for the entire life.

His full name is Juan Román Riquelme. He was born June 24, 1978 in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, an impoverished providence of Buenos Aires Argentina to a family of ten. He is an Argentine soccer player who now plays for Boca Juniors of the Argentine Primera División, and his position on the field is as an attacking midfielder.

In 1995 Riquelme began playing professional football with the Boca Juniors and seven seasons enjoyed with the club prior to being traded to Barcelona. Following a short and not successful stay with them, he moved to Villarreal, and became superstar there, winning a lot of honors. Presently Riquelme continues to play at both the national and international level, and lately won the MVP award at the Copa Libertados.

A longtime Argentine international, Riquelme is best acknowledged for his spells with Boca Juniors and Villarreal. A playmaker, his major assets are his passing and setting the tempo of play.

It was Boca Juniors the club that had it as foremost character, in those that reached three times the Argentinean championship, to be champion of the Cup Libertadores of America in two opportunities, and champion of the Intercontinental Cup of soccer, in the year 2000.

Juan Román Riquelme is considered as a talented player with outstanding field vision. As of 2005, Riquelme is frequently noted as the key factor in Villareal’s explosive 2005 campaign.

Some of honours he received as log as his career are:

2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Villarreal CF)

2001 Copa Libertadores (Boca J.)

2000 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca J.)

2000 Intercontinental Cup (Boca J.)

2000 Copa Libertadores (Boca J.)

1999 Argentine Clausura Championship (Boca J.)

1998 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca J.)

1997 FIFA’s Football World Youth Championship (under-20)

As concerned as some of his individual honors are Player of the Year of Argentina (2000, 2001, 2008) and Copa Libertadore’s Most Valuable Player in 2007.

The sport of soccer is considered to be the most popular game in the world. To achieve success in this sport, athletes need to develop certain important skills at the young age. Young soccer players who are at the U9 to U11 age group must learn these three essential skills to become an impact player in the future.

1. DRIBBLING

In soccer, if a player doesn’t know how to dribble a ball, then he cannot play the game. Dribbling is the most basic and most important of all soccer skills. It is defined as the ability to carry the ball past the opponent while taking full control of the soccer ball. Dribbling serves three purposes: to beat the defender, to accelerate into space, and to avoid pressure. To develop good dribbling technique, you should:

• Make gentle contact (called “touch”) with the soccer ball

• Always keep the ball close to your feet

• Use the edge of the foot to dribble galloping

• Practice changes in your dribbling pace

• Use your body to protect the ball when defender gets close

• Practice an inside-outside dribbling drill through cones with both feet

2. PASSING

Passing the ball to teammates plays a big role in a soccer game. The ability to properly pass the ball to your teammates is a critical skill that all soccer players should learn from early age. The best soccer players are often the best passers of the ball. There are three soccer passes: standard pass, chipped pass and lofted pass. Follow these soccer passing tips to master this skill:

• Develop vision so that you can see potential passing time

• Master all three soccer passes

• Try passing more to be more effective on the pitch

• The faster you pass the ball, the less time your opponent gets to interrupt you

• Put correct pace on the ball while passing it to your teammate

3. RECEIVING

The ability to receive a soccer ball determines the effectiveness of a player. If a player has great first touch, he/she will have more time to dribble and shoot. The technique to receive a ball on the ground is quite different from receiving it in the air.

Follow these tips when receiving a ball on the ground:

• Keep your eye on the ball and choose which foot to receive the ball with

• Receive the ball with one foot with ankle locked

• Don’t just stop after receiving the ball. Instead prepare for the next action: dribble, shoot or pass

Follow these tips when receiving a ball in the air:

• Keep your eyes on the ball and read the speed and direction of the ball

• Decide which part of your body (thigh, head, foot, or chest) you will use to control the ball

• Receive the ball and cushion it with the body part to slow it down. Prepare for next move.

If one has been a football or soccer enthusiast for the longest period then it’s about time that he considers earning some cash through soccer bets. One ought to not put to waste each and every hour that he spends watching each and every of those soccer match. One could put that to great use and earn some cash by placing soccer bets. Winning all one’s bets is not simple to do and there’s no guarantee of that but if one is well-informed and wise regarding the game then placing soccer bets with high odds of winning ought to be quite easy. Here are a few football betting tips that one could consider.

To start making soccer bets, one needs to put together some cash. The amount that one wants to utilize for his football depends upon oneself. Then again, it is always a wise decision to only use one’s extra cash. One of the effective football betting tips is to never use cash that one ought to be spending for his daily living costs with the desire of doubling-up the amount. One would be more able of making sensible decisions on his football bets if one is relaxed & free from whichever pressure to win for the reason that all of one’s cash is at stake on such bet. Bookmakers typically accept bets as low as a dollar. As a novice, one ought to only bet the amount of money that one is comfortable with.

After settling on how much cash one could spend on his soccer bets, one could start looking for a site where one could place his bets. One could either place his bet with a bookmaker/bookie or he could do this on an internet gambling site. There are a lot of sites that take for all of the soccer competitions. If one is online then he could simply create an online account and utilizes that to place his football bets. All one needs to accomplish is put the amount of one’s soccer bet and then click a button to place his bet. It is really easy and simple since one does not have to leave his house or make a phone call to place his bet. One could place his bet anytime, whether it be night or day, as long as one has an internet access and a computer that he could use to log-in to his account.

When making football bets, one could never be too sure what he would win on each single bet that he makes. This is the reason why it’s always wise to place a limit for oneself and to really stick to it. No matter how enticing it is, one ought to stick to the cash amount that one has set for himself. One ought to never bet an amount of money that he knows is well beyond his means.

You’re next step? To start utilizing these football betting tips and begin earning big while enjoying your favorite sport.

A mastermind group relies on trust and confidence to be powerful and effective. As a member of a mastermind group you want to know that you can rely on the other members and they want to know that they can rely on you!

If a mastermind group is newly forming, it will usually require a time commitment for a specific period, oftentimes three months or more. Without this time commitment, it’s too easy to give up on yourself and not take the action required to create successes in your business and in your life. Without this time commitment, it’s difficult to gain the trust of the other members and be able to talk freely, share ideas, and encourage, challenge, and inspire each other. For a mastermind group to be truly effective, the members need to form a bond and that is when the dynamic power of synergy really takes off.

When you feel that support, encouragement and inspiration from a “bonded” group, you will get an incredible kind of “buzz” from brainstorming, giving and getting feedback, and participating in the meetings. You’ll carry that feeling of inspiration and power into your business and your life and be able to tackle challenges and obstacles with ease and new confidence.

One of the best things about a mastermind group is that all the other members of the group are COMMITTED to YOUR SUCCESS. They don’t have any pre-conceived or limiting ideas about who you are and what you can or can’t achieve. They just want whatever you want for yourself and are committed to helping you! Very cool, isn’t it? Do you see how powerful that can be?

Making a commitment to a mastermind group is making a commitment to your success!

 

How Do You Define Success?

 

When joining any mastermind group you will most likely be asked to define “SUCCESS” in your own way. Your answer to this question will reveal a lot about you, give you a new perspective on your life, and help you understand your “true purpose”. Creating a personal definition of success will also help tell you where you are now on your life’s journey and where you need to go. Pretty amazing.

 

What is your answer? How do you define success?

 

Sometimes, we have set so many goals for ourselves and are so busy trying to meet those goals that we don’t stop to take stock of what we HAVE achieved. We don’t take the time to celebrate our successes along the way, or get rid of goals that are outdated and no longer useful to us. This self-evaluation process and “looking back” is a crucial part of moving forward.

 

Sometimes, we don’t know if we have achieved “success” because we don’t know exactly what it is – what it looks like, what it feels like. Making the vague concept of “success” into something specific and concrete is very important. Think about these questions to help you create your personal definition:

 

What material and physical things will I have when I’m successful? (Dream House? Porsche? Personal trainer? College tuition for kids?)

How will I feel when I’m successful? (Feeling freedom, relaxed, powerful, capable, generous, grateful, excited, happy?)

What will I be doing with my time? (Spending quality time with family and friends? Pursuing a life passion or favorite hobby? Traveling the world? Enjoying happiness and freedom on a daily basis?)

When you are able to define the specifics of what “success” means to you, you’ll be empowered to create that success. And also, just as important, you’ll have a gauge or measuring stick to recognize when you are experiencing success in your life, so you can take the time to celebrate it!

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The fencing season in most US Fencing Divisions poses significant problems in the periodization of training for competitive fencers. Fencing is now a year-round sport, with competitions in all months, and in some cases opportunities for fencers to fence in a meet within driving distance every weekend. In this environment, planning a periodized training program requires close agreement between the goals of the individual fencer, the desire to win, and the overall structure of a club or salle training program.

Classic periodization creates four levels of training cycles:

  1. Super macrocycles – multi-year cycles to prepare for events that happen less frequently than a year; the Olympic quadrennium is an example.
  2. Macrocycles – a single training cycle that covers a year (in some cases two macrocycles may be appropriate).
  3. Mesocycles – a number of training cycles, as many as 6, within a macrocycle.
  4. Microcycles – the weekly training cycle.

The structure of training cycles is logically tied to the key competitive events in a fencing year. What those key competitive events are depends on the level and goals of the fencer. For an elite athlete working to make a national team, each of the events in the selection process is a key event. In this athlete’s program the typical Division A2 event is inconsequential, and is only valuable to the degree that it serves as training event. The real events vary with weapon and age group, but include North American Cup circuit events, Summer Nationals, and selected World Cup and Grand Prix events. For a senior foil fencer this is a minimum of seven events that award points for the national points list, culminating in the World Championships, the event in which the fencer should have the strongest performance. For the handful of very best elite fencers, this is a single macrocycle, with individual mesocycles for each targeted event.

For most fencers, however, just qualifying for the Junior Olympics or the Summer Nationals is a difficult task, much less succeeding in the event. For a cadet fencer this might be two macrocycles with the Junior Olympics as one and the Summer Nationals as the second. But these macrocycles each require performance in a qualifying event that is maximal for the average fencer, driving at least two mesocycles. The challenge is to identify, from the wide range of available tournaments, events within the macrocycle that will serve as important preparations for both the qualifiers and the national events, and that can serve as targets in mesocycles.

This is further complicated by the need to achieve the appropriate classification to qualify for the desired event. For example, I coached a Canadian fencer resident in the United States whose goal was to be able to fence in a Division 1 event. She earned her C classification in a Division 3 event, but did so too late to be able to enter a Division 1 cup circuit tournament (a C being the minimum classification for entry) before she returned to Canada.

What does this mean for the coach who uses periodized training? First, the coach and the fencer must have well understood and mutually agreed upon goals, and those goals must be long-term, strategic goals, supported by seasonal goals. The goals drive the overall design of the training program.

Second, the coach and fencer must pick events that logically contribute to meeting the objectives of the training program. Not every tournament deserves a maximal effort. Some tournaments should be skipped altogether or treated only as training events for the fencer to use to work on specific problems (given that understanding that medals or classifications are not the objective may be difficult for some athletes).

And third, enough time must be allowed between key tournaments for the training process to work. If a fencer trains 5 days a week and fences a weekend competition, it is possible to run a complete microcycle between competitions, including time for rest and recovery. However, if a fencer trains only one or two days a week, it is very difficult to vary the length, intensity, and composition of training sessions to achieve any significant progress. This is true even if one of the many alternate models of periodization is selected: conjugate, concurrent, skill/strength, or multi-pace.

All of this means that both the coach and the fencer must understand their goals and work together to find the best approach to training that meets the competitive goals within the reality of the club environment, the available time, and the fencer’s ability to train. Periodized training is a complex approach to training with a proven record of improving athlete performance. It is also a method that demands that both the coach and the athlete understand and be committed to its application.

Peace & Democracy

Did you know- Since 2007, SL is one of the world’s youngest democracies. The government is making enormous efforts to improve the human development conditions of all Sierra Leoneans. The country has recently emerged from one of the world’s most brutal civil wars (an ethnic-based conflict), in which over 100,000 people were slaughtered. During that bloody war, thousands boys were forced to become child soldiers and slaves. In addition, several girls and teenagers were raped by rebel forces and other groups, one of the worst nightmares in modern history.

Geography

Did you know- Sierra Leone is a beautiful nation in West Africa, whose territory is covered by tropical rainforests, mountains, and savannahs, as well as beaches and mangrove swamps. With an area of 27,699 square miles (71740 km2), about the size of West Virginia, the modern state of Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s smallest republics and the 118th largest country on the Planet, ahead of Ireland, Georgia and Sri Lanka. Despite its tiny size, it boasts a host of rivers. This tropical nation is bordered to the north and the east by Guinea (ex French colony since 1958), to the south by Liberia (the only African nation never to have been taken over by a foreign rule) and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, it has the world’s third-largest natural harbour.

Africa’s Aphrodite

Did you know- During the 2009 Miss World, Sierra Leone’s delegate Mariatu Kargbo, who speaks Chinese, Creole and English, caused great sensation when she won two special awards, where participated over 110 countries and dependencies. Because of this, Sierra Leone – a former war-torn country that is making enormous efforts to build a democratic society– became one of the favorites to win theMiss World title, along with Venezuela’s Maria Milagros Veliz, a student at the European Business School London, and three other Latin American entries. During an interview, Miss Kargbo said: “I have prepared myself for the past two years when I saw Sierra Leone do badly in the 57th Miss World Championship in Sanya (China)”. Educated in the People’s Republic of China, Miss Kargbo, whose idol is Nelson Mandela, earned the Miss World 2009 Talent. Then, on November 28, 2009, she, a manager’s assistant, won the World Designer Award when her evening gown was voted as the “most original design” in the global contest (the nation’s first ever title at that competition). Designed by Dany Tabet, Kargbo’s dress has been inspired by the country’s ethnic diversity, one of the richest on the African mainland. Curiously, the country has never competed in Miss Universe.

Diamonds

Did you know- On February 14, 1972, the country made the world headlines when the world’s third-largest gem-quality diamond -called the “Star of Sierra Leone” — was discovered in Koidu, SL. The “Star of Sierra Leone” -now its value is about $ 3 million– is 968.8 carats.

20th Century

Did you know- SL has been an independent republic for over 45 years. 1961 was a special year for Sierra Leone: it gained its independence from the United Kingdom. In the succeeding months, on September 27, 1961, it officially became a United Nations member. But by that time, it also joined the British Commonwealth. In the subsequent decade, between 1970 and 1971, Sierra Leone won one of the 15 seats in the UN Security Council, along with France, Taiwan, and the United States.

Olympic Games

Did you know- From the 1960s on, the English-speaking nation is member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Of the 16 champs from SL, backed by the IOC, that had participated at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States, 14 were athletes.

Tourism

Did you know- Due to its splendid scenery, it is a new tourist destination in the region. Without a doubt, Sierra Leone has a host of amazing landscapes, from mangrove swamps, rivers (Moa & Sewa), islands (Sherbro) and wetlands in the south to tropical rainforests, and mountains (Bintimani and Sankanbiriwa) in the east and historic sites in the west. The country’s nature reserves are home to several wild animals, water birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, snails, arachnids, and crustaceans. On the other hand, it also is endowed with one of the largest areas of virgin beaches (potentially a holiday paradise). Certainly, it offers some of the best tropical beaches in West Africa- there are more than 300 kilometers of beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, the Sherbro island is home to one of the continent’s most popular fishing sites. On April 16, 1991, Yvon Sebag caught a tarpon of about 283 lbs. In addition, SL has a variety of African traditions.When you think of tropical rainforests, African music, and stunning beaches, think of Sierra Leone. In fact, here you’ll find a new country to discover!

Natural Resources

Did you know- This land is very rich in natural resources (such as minerals, freshwater, and rainforests). Despite being one of the Continent’s smallest republics, it is one of Africa’s major diamond producers ( which account for nearly 55% of total exports). In addition to diamonds, it has extensive deposits of titanium and bauxite.

Cultural Diversity

Did you know- This English-speaking republic — the “little jewel in West Africa”- is a fusion of different cultures, religions and races. It is home to up to sixteen ethnic groups.

World-famous Athletes

Did you know- Sierra Leone is the birthplace of Eunice Barber, one of the world’s top female athletes in the late 1990s, along with Stacy Dragila (USA), Tegla Loroupe (Kenya), and Denise Lewis (Great Britain). Until 1998, she competed for SL, and became the country’s most successful athlete (male or female). By the early 1990s, she took part in the 25th Summer Olympics in Spain, where did not even make the semi-finals in the heptathlon and 100m hurdles. By 1993, she failed to make the semi-finals in the women’s heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships in Stuggart (Germany). In the subsequent years, Barber was ranked among the top five heptathletes in the world. By 1995, she placed fourth at the IAAF World Cup in Sweden. At the XXVI Summer Games in Atlanta, USA, Miss Barber, a French-trained-athlete, finished fifth in the heptathlon (with 6.342 points). Like several African champs, she became a French citizen in early 1999. Competing under the French flag, she won two world titles: heptathlon (1999) and long jump (2003). Apart from these awards, Miss Barber had won three other medals (2 silver and 1 bronze) at the World Championships in the early 2000s.

Freetown

Did you know- Freetown, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, is the capital and largest city in the country. This metropolis – a capital city which is a port – has a lot of historic buildings. Moreover, here there are over 1.1 million people. It was set up in 1787.

Famous Persons

Did you know- From the 1960s on, SL has a handful of notable persons: Salif Easmon (author), James Jonah (diplomat), Eunice Barber (athlete), and Abiogen Nicol (novelist).

The World Cup was the dominant topic of the sports world last week but, as not even a lukewarm fan of soccer, I saw only about ten minutes of the action. The only reason I happened to see that limited segment is because a game ran over the estimated time, which pre-empted the Judge Judy episode I had intended to watch.

Nevertheless, a snippet of the post championship game caught my eye and, more importantly my ear. As the video played the Croatians, after a heartbreaking loss in the final round were heard singing a song I immediately recognized.

It was the Oasis hit “Don’t Look Back In Anger” from the British band’s most popular album, What’s the Story Morning Glory. It is the second most famous song from that record, trailing only the classic single “Wonder Wall.”

I found it somewhat of an odd tune for the runner-up in the World Cup, but it made me contemplate what song their victorious opponents would choose. Those in the winner’s circle could celebrate by playing some well-known song the mention the capitol of their country, the European nation of France.

Here are ten songs that mention that very city in their titles.

Let’s Tango In Paris by the Stranglers

This is one of the acoustic numbers from Feline, the 1980 album that marked the punk rock band’s definitive transformation into a more accessible sound.

Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell

“Help Me” and “Chelsea Morning” combined with this classic to make Court and Spark the most commercially successful album of the folk songstress.

Crimes of Paris by Elvis Costello

French landmarks like the Eiffel Tower are mentioned in this fine track from the Nick Lowe produced Blood and Chocolate.

Une Nuit A Paris by 10cc

A three part musical epic, this opener sets the stage for the group’s breakthrough album The Original Soundtrack.

Paris 1919 by John Cale

After leaving the Velvet Underground Cale made many solo records, none better than the one from which this title track comes.me

I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris by Morrissey

The city of love would not appear to be a likely destination for the frequently melancholy singer of the Smiths, but here he figuratively embraces it.

Dreaming of Paris by Van Dyke Parks

In addition to producing great discs by Phil Ochs, Harry Nilsson and Biff Rose, Parks demonstrated here and on other tracks from Songs Cycled that he could make great records of his own.

Going To Paris by the Waterboys

It was not as big a hit as “The Whole of the Moon”, but it is more representative of the typical sound of the alternative British band.

I Love Paris by Frank Sinatra

Ella Fitzgerald made the song a standard, but Old Blue Eyes is responsible for my favorite rendition.

Leaving For Paris by Rufus Wainwright

The son of Loudon and sister of Martha has made many good records of his own, as this track proves.

Amateur soccer moms are the number one diehard fans of the fast growing sport of amateur soccer. They are supporters of the amateur soccer. These moms are the new group of fans and they changed the way we watch sports.

These moms are opposite of men when it comes to being a supporter of soccer. They have their own way of supporting unlike men who use violence at times. As supporters, they demonstrate it in different manner.

During a game of soccer, they usually arrive in the soccer field in two groups. Some of these moms come in fleet of minivans. Whichever way, they came to the soccer field to support their kids in the battle for victory.

They usually park their vehicles on top of the hills which is overlooking the soccer field. They start unloading their food, water and walk in groups going to the field and sit together with other moms of the team.

These moms are now ready to cheer their kids. Soon as the game starts, screaming and chants start to burst in the battlefield. As they watch their kids in the game, you can hear them shout for excitements as their kid aim for the goal.

Basic understanding of soccer game is not important for soccer moms. For them, it is victory which is important and they insist their kids to aim for victory. Though their children only want to have fun, but soccer mom really is after victory. For them, victory must be achieved at all cost.

Coaches that use knockout drill during their training sessions run a great risk of destroying the confidence of the maker players on their team, and creating disharmony within the team. Knockout drills are drills where players get progressively eliminated until you are left with a winner. Your winner will most likely be the best player on your team. My experience with coaching children is that the great majority of coaches already know who the best player on the team is. So my question is do you want to find out what you already know, or do you want to improve the ability of the players in your team? If your answer is the latter, then you have no reason to use knockout drills.

My aim with any practice is to maximize the number of touches on the soccer players that all players achieve. All soccer drills should be engineered so as to achieve this goal. Without argument, there are many valuable skills that a player must learn which do not involve touching the ball, however of the major skills (trapping, passing and tackling) all require the player to be able to control the ball in an effective manner. So for this reason, I have always tried to create sessions which get players touching the ball more. If you have a weaker player on your team and you want them to improve, get them kicking the ball more. Encouraging them to kick a ball outside of practice sessions will also speed their improvement.

Another effective way to achieve the goal of increasing Touches on the ball for all players is to divide your team into small groups at practice. This may mean that you have to enlist the aid of your team manager or parents to help with supervision. Having players stand in line to wait for their turn to kick the ball is not an effective means of practice. Yet it is one seen on many training paddocks. It is definitely more challenging to supervise a number of small groups, particularly if you do not have any help, but a coach can rotate among the groups to aid supervision. Dividing your team into groups of 3 or 4 players, rather than 1 group of 12 to 14 players will potentially increase the number of ball touches for each players by at least three times. How much more quickly will your players improve by this method?

If you want to introduce an element of competition into your practices and you have been using knockout drills for a long time this may be a little difficult to come to terms with. All players respond better to competition (except the ones on the sideline !!). Another means of getting around this problem is to use a rotation of players. Maybe you have three team of four playing four vs. four. If you want an extra element of competition have one team sit out, replacing the team that does not win, and so on. Or if you have three teams of four set up two fields and rotate the teams around the fields.

So for those coaches that have been using knockout drills in their practice I hope you have been very successful with these. I would also hope that you may experiment with using some of these techniques, and that you continue to see improvement in your players. For new coaches I would strongly encourage you not to use knockout drills, but rather to use small groups, soccer drills that maximize the number of ball Touches for all children, and rotation of small teams. Good luck with your coaching.