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How to Coach Youth Soccer 0

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Martin Banks

Whether your neighborhood team needs a new coach or you want to participate more with your own children’s soccer team, coaching a youth soccer league is something you shouldn’t take likely. Here are some tips to help you coach a youth soccer league, even if you’re not an expert soccer player. 

Set Ground Rules Before the Season Starts

Before the season, gather all of your player’s parents, your coaches and assistants together in a meeting. You can do this with or without the players present, depending on their age and level of participation. The goal of this meeting is to set ground rules before the season starts. Include things such as sideline behavior rules to discourage overenthusiastic parents from picking fights or causing problems, the responsibilities of your assistant coaches, how to contact players who might be tardy or absent and any other things you can think of that might apply to your league and its members. Get the parents involved, especially when coaching young players. You can always adjust these rules as the season progresses, depending on your needs. 

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Exercises That Will Increase Your Soccer Shooting Power 0

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Tegan Wehner

There is no better feeling for a soccer player than scoring an absolute cracker from range be it in training or the real match. Having the ability to produce powerful shots can give you an unexpected advantage against your opponent when your team is under pressure. Look how important goals scored by Steven Gerald or Frank Lampard were to their respective teams.

When a team has a player or players with powerful shots, they benefit in several ways. Half chances can be converted to goal scoring chances. You can kick shots that are extremely hard for a goalkeeper to save and also demand attention from opponents, allowing your teammates to roam freely.

Being able to hit a powerful shot is one thing, but the work behind that is the real deal. In this article, we have compiled the best exercises that will help you add speed and power to your shots.

Front squats

Squats are one of the most essential workouts for anybody into physical fitness. When incorporated with some variations, squats can produce results that most workouts cannot deliver. For soccer shooting power, front squats work better on your core and quadriceps than back squats.

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Increase of movement from fans all over Europe 0

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Dan Aron

The football market is heating up this season, measured attendance from fans is already set to be one of the highest in recent years.So far In the top 5 leagues, there has been an increase of about 7% in the total attendance per match compared to last seasons attendance. 

The increase in attendance can be attributed to the substantial rise of international sport travel, the diminishing costs of travel and accommodation in order to reach top locations and cities all over Europe toped with the addition of the rise of platforms such as Airbnb has helped fans travel from all over the world to watch their favorite teams play not only in the big competitions such as the Champions League but domestic matches as well.

A recent study was conducted by SeatPick.com a ticket comparison site for live events in order to find which countries have the highest amount of fans traveling to catch a football match across the globe in 2019.The results showed that the top traveled destinations by football fans are:

1) London

2) Barcelona

3) Madrid

4) Paris

5) Milan


London maintains its status as the most traveled city in Europe to catch a football match, this can be attributed to the fact that it is quite easy to catch two sometimes even three matches in a single weekend with teams such as Chelsae, Arsenal, West-Ham and Tottenham fans are likely to catch a very competitive clash between the top Premier League teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City when they come into town. Coming in second and third is obviously the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid,the combination of the beautiful and tourist accommodating cites as well as the powerhouses Fc Barcelona, Rela Madrid and the ever-improving Atletico Madrid    has been attracting many tourists from all over the world and Fc Barcelona is the most sought after club worldwide by a significant margin. 

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Bury FC: English Football’s Shame 0

Posted on September 05, 2019 by Emma Williamson

Earlier this week, one of the oldest clubs in the English Football League effectively ceased to exist, as Bury Football Club was expelled from League One due to ongoing financial difficulties at the club. The move has brought an end to months of speculation about the potential future of the town’s football team, and also ended 125 years of English league football history for the side known as the Shakers. 

The move was not unexpected. Bury had been unable to complete any of their fixtures so far this season, and had already been expelled from the League Cup competition on the grounds that they were unable to take to the pitch. The few players that were still under contract to Bury have gone unpaid for months, and there’s been little in the way of a management structure behind the scenes outside of controversial owner Steve Dale. Dale undoubtedly must shoulder a great deal of the blame for the demise of Bury, but the sorry saga underlines the need for reform of the English Football League as an organization.

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Who Are the Key Real Betis Players to Watch During the 2019-2020 La Liga? 1

Posted on August 26, 2019 by Jeremy Biberdorf

The 2019-2020 La Liga season started with great expectations for Real Betis, the Seville club which had gone through major changes. Despite managing to get through the UEFA Europe League group stages, finishing on the 10th spot in the domestic league had not been satisfying for the management.

As a result, Quique Setien had been sacked and the Espanyol coach Rubi had been handled the task of improving the team’s performance. Just recently, the club a major sponsorship contract with easyMarkets, which means financial instability may be a problem solved. With a few players already left, let’s see what are the figures able to push Betis higher in the rankings.

Source: https://www.foxsports.it/calcio/2019-08-18/rbb-vll-risultato/galleria-5/
Alt-text: Real Betis 2019-2020 season

Nabil Fekir

Joining Real Betis from Lyon in £17.7 million deal, Nabil Fekir is the attacking midfielder which will need to handle the offensive side of the team for the next few seasons. The contract was signed for the next five years and expectations around the player are high. A year ago, the Premier League team Liverpool wanted to sign the 26-years old French World Cup winner, but eventually negotiations collapsed. Raised in the Lyon academy, Fekir had played almost 200 games in the French league and managed to score 69 goals. According to a Real Betis statement, “With the arrival of Fekir, Real Betis acquire creativity, great technique, shooting ability and attacking edge.”

Alfonso Pedraza

Although not a complete transfer, Alfonso Pedraza had been brought on a one-year loan from Villareal. Betis will have to pay between €500,000 and €1 million depending on the objectives, with the ability to buy him next summer for a deal that could reach €10-14 million. The left-sided player is expected to be the perfect replacement for Junior Firpo, who left the club in order to join FC Barcelona.

Cristian Tello

The 28-years old winger joined Betis in 2017, managing to score 8 goals in 61 matches. A former Barcelona player between 2011-2017, he had to spend three years on loans to FC Porto and Fiorentina, respectively. Highly experienced in important matches, Cristian Tello is expected to remain one of the team’s key players, even though his shape is not as it was several years ago. Under the leadership of the new coach Rubi, he may reach his true potential in the current season, which could end positively for Betis, given all the efforts made by the team during the summer.

6 Of the Best Football Transfers in History 0

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Samantha Pierrie

Over the decades, clubs have reached deep into their pockets to ensure that they have the world’s best players on their team. Some of these soccer stars have flourished under the pressure of their transfer fee while others have been crushed with the burden of expectations placed on them.

To keep things on a positive note, we’d like to bring 6 key transfers in the history of world football to your attention, that had a tremendous impact on the players career, the fate of a team or even of leagues. With plenty of offers for betting free on who goes where in todays transfer markets,  here we found our picks in no particular order for the best transfer:

1. David Beckham to the L.A. Galaxy

The year: 2007

The transfer fee: $30 Million

The impact: While this move didn’t brand Beckham as the next Pelé like L.A. Galaxy hoped it would, it did bring in a fortune for Galaxy in terms of advertising deals and brought international attention to the MLS. It also sparked the arrival of more international additions. So, while David Beckham didn’t perform as well on the field as fans had hoped, he did make a significant change to the team in other ways.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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