Volume 10, Issue 2
February, 2017
Greetings from CoachDeck!

The feedback we're getting from soccer organizations in North America using our product is overwhelmingly positive! There's a reason most re-order again and again. CoachDeck is a fun and valuable resource that supplements any training curriculum. 

Want to prevent ACL injuries? Here is some good information, including illustrations, on how to help keep players' knees healthy and strong.

In this issue:
Tom Sullivan brings us the next part of his article detailing soccer's phases of play. This time, the defending phases. Brian Gotta writes what he thinks "glory days" should mean for athletes. And Craig Sigl continues his tremendous series building confidence in our young athletes. Must-read!

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The Better Team Lost! Exploring Soccer's Phases of Play: Part 2 - Defending Phases
By Tom Turner

Knowing that the counter-attack is a pivotal tactic, good teams will look to develop transition skills that slow or stop an opponent’s immediate forward progress. This is achieved by immediately pressuring the ball to force sideways or backwards passes; and by keeping the midfield and defensive lines well balanced positionally and numerically. Importantly, this continual defensive organization takes place during the building-up or attack. Read Article
What I'd Like to Hear a Coach Say After a Big Game
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

From youth leagues to high school, to college and pro sports, we've all heard coaches tell their team after winning a championship game, “Enjoy this moment. You'll remember it the rest of your lives.” I've probably even said it myself. But it recently occurred to me that what I'd really love to hear a coach say is this: Read Article

Ten Strategies to Build Unstoppable Confidence in Youth Athletes - Part 2
By Craig Sigl

In this article about confidence building, we are going to go a little more “Mental Toughness” on you and a little less actionable strategy than Part 1​​​​​​​  Read Article​