Horst Wein Recommends Small Sided Games for Grassroots Football Development

Horst Wein, who has mentored more than 11,000 soccer coaches in 55 different countries around the world, believes that small sided games are the most essential element in developing youth soccer players. This comes from a man who knows a thing or two about this vital topic – his book “Developing Youth Football Players” is the official textbook of the Spanish Football Federation, and has also been adopted by the Football Federation of Australia, having sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Small sided games in Training

Coaches should focus more on games rather than drills in training. Isolating particular techniques and concentrating on them using repetitive drills and exercises is known as the “analytical method” and often poses difficulties when the players come to apply what they have been working on in the real game scenario. The “global method” of training involves creating more game-like scenarios in training that can be more seamlessly integrated into the actual game itself. This is done through creating simplified games, which are scaled-down versions of the real game, but that can focus on particular themes necessary in the real game.

The concept of using games rather than drills and exercises has been studied for many years all around the world. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) has been applied to many different sports and been found to be very effective. In Australia, it is also known as “Game Sense” and “Play practice.”

There are many benefits to this games-oriented method in soccer:

1.Most importantly, players prefer to play games than to do drills (especially the younger ones).

2.The games can be modified through different variables to concentrate more on specific elements that need to be addressed; The size of the playing area, the number of players, duration of the game, technical rules etc, means that in the hands of a skilful coach, games may be used to achieve all the requirements of playing the real game.

3.Small sided games require smaller pitches and can be suited to any number of players.

4.Small sided games provide a much more intense physical workout than larger games.

5.Small sided games allow the coach to develop the players Game Intelligence, as they may focus on the true dynamics of the game of soccer e.g. the 2v1 situation.

Small sided games in competition

This means that the competitions that young people play should be tailored to the specific requirements of their age group.

“The competition you play should be like your shoes, it should fit you perfectly! “

Benefits of small sided games in competition (and training):

  • More touches of the ball
  • Simpler decisions to make
  • Better game-related fitness, short duration of high-intensity vs laps
  • More time with coach per player
  • Easier to coach especially for parent coaches
  • More opportunities to solve game problems
  • More attacking opportunities (dribbling, shooting, passing )
  • More defending opportunities
  • More shooting and more goals = more fun!
  • No hiding place, players don’t get lost in these games
  • More opportunities for the full range of skills
"Horst Wein Recommends Small Sided Games for Grassroots Football Development"

Oxford- A City Guide

Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England,
with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). It is home to the
University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking
world. It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by
Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the
university buildings. The Oxford suburb of Cowley has a long history of
carmaking, and still produces BMW MINIs.

History

Oxford was first employed in Saxon times, and was initially known as
"Oxenaforda". It began with the foundations of St Frideswide's nunnery
in the 8th century. The University of Oxford is first mentioned in 12th
century records. Oxford's earliest colleges were University College
(1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

During the English Civil War, Oxford housed the court of Charles I in
1642, after the king was expelled from London, although there was
strong support in the town for the Parliamentaryarian cause. In the 19th
century the controversial surrounding the Oxford Movement in the Anglican
Church drew attention to the city as a focus of theological thought.
Oxford's Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare, the foundation stone was
laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May
1897. By the early 20th century Oxford was experiencing rapid
industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing
industries becoming well established by the 1920s.

Places of interest

Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the
university and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the
town center is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The
Oxford Story. In the summer, punting on the Thames (sometimes called
the Isis as it flows through Oxford) and the Cherwell is popular.
Other notable attractions include:

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • The Church of St Mary the Virgin (the University Church)
  • Martyrs' Memorial
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Science Oxford
  • University buildings
  • The University Parks
  • The University Botanic Garden
  • Cornmarket Street, Oxford
  • Turl Street, Oxford
  • Little Clarendon Street
  • Oxford Covered Market
  • Westgate Shopping Center
  • Museums and Art Galleries

    Oxford has a large number of museums and galleries open for public.
    Following are the world famous and a major tourist spot in Oxford:

  • Ashmolean Museum, Britain's oldest museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History, home of (the remains of) the Oxford Dodo
  • Museum of the History of Science, in Britain's oldest purpose-built
    museum building
  • Museum of Oxford
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Science Oxford
  • Shopping

    Golden Cross, an arcade of first-class shops and boutiques, lies
    between Cornmarket Street and the Covered Market. Parts of the colorful
    gallery date from the 12th century. Many buildings remain from the
    medieval era, along with some 15th- and 17th-century structures. The
    market also has a reputation as the Covent Garden of Oxford, with live
    entertainment on Saturday mornings in summer. In its way, Alice's Shop,
    played an important role in English literature, it …

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    Different Types of Sports

    Football

    Football is a very popular competitive team sport. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You can score points various ways like carrying the ball over the goal line, running with the ball over the goal line, catching a pass while standing behind the goal line and many more ways. Whoever has the most points wins the game. The ball is an oval shaped ball. The game is played on a grass field that is 360 feet by 160 feet. The field is separated by many lines for game play. Each team typically plays with 11 players each on the field.

    Baseball

    Another competitive team played sport is baseball. This one is played with a bat and a small hard ball. The team with the most points wins the games. Points are calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. One team bats while the other team pitches and plays outfield. After so many strikes, they switch places. The field is diamond shape and made up with grass and dirt. There are 9 players on each team.

    Softball

    Softball is a lot like baseball. It is played with a bat and a softer version of the baseball. Softball uses the same field as baseball does and has the same rules although softball often has additional bases called safe bases. Safe bases are so the first baseman and the runner do not collide with one another during game play. You will typically see these bases in children’s softball and women’s softball games. Points are also calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. After so many strikes, the teams switch places from outfield to batting.

    Basketball

    This is also a competitive team sport. Played with a large round ball and a hoop or a basket. The object of this game is to get the ball into the hoop more times than the other team. Each time the ball goes into the hoop points are scored. The value of points depends on where the player is standing when they shoot the ball into the hoop. The court is a solid flat ground with baskets or hoops on each end. There are different size courts depending on who is playing. Regulation court size is 94 feet by 50 feet.

    Soccer

    Soccer is a competitive team played game. This game is played with a ball that is round and big and two goal nets, one on each end of the field. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You score points by kicking the ball into your opponent’s goal net. You are not allowed to use any hands in this game with the exception of the goalkeeper which is the person who guards the goal net. There are 22 players on the field at one time. The field is varied in length from 50 yards to 120 yards, depending on who is playing and what regulations they …

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    Interesting Facts About Soccer Cleats

    Soccer is a sport that has been growing in popularity around the world for hundreds of years. It is the favorite sport in most European countries, and is continuing to gain popularity in America. People young and old around the globe enjoy the game of soccer. One of the most important aspects of the game of soccer is the soccer cleat! Cleats help to give athletes enhanced turning and running capabilities on the field.

    Shoes for soccer are generally referred to as either soccer cleats or football cleats. The first ones were supposedly designed for and worn by King Henry VIII in 1525. The king asked his personal shoemaker to make him a pair of shoes that were more durable for normal shoes for playing football. Modern day soccer cleats have come a long way from their initial design. Today, they are specially designed to help athletes perform to the very best of their ability.

    One of the most important things that soccer cleats do for soccer players is to provide traction. The cleats help to grip the ground, allowing players to change direction quickly and without getting injured. Especially on wet, slippery grass, changing direction quickly is extremely difficult when you do not have shoes that can grip the ground well. Before cleats were manufactured world-wide, some players used to attach pieces of leather to the bottom of their shoes to help them gain better traction. The small leather studs have since developed into the modern day cleats that we know today.

    High end soccer cleats such as the Mercurial Vapor VI FG cleat are usually priced well over $200. However, with the right amount of luck, you can find high-end soccer cleats online for a discount. Shopping for cleats online can provide huge savings. Additionally, soccer cleats, like many shoes, run almost identically in sizes across different brands. This makes buying cleats online an easy process!

    Now, soccer cleats are available in a whole assortment of types and designs. Lightweight leather generally makes up modern soccer cleats. Without these special shoes, the sport of soccer would not be as fast paced and exciting as we know it to be today. Cleats are one of the most important aspects of any soccer player’s game. When you hit the field for a game of soccer, make sure you are wearing a great pair of soccer cleats! Your feet and your teammates will thank you.…

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    Fantasy Hockey – Sharing the Crease

    Drafting goals is a risky proposition. More than any position, this choice can make or break the fate of your fantasy hockey team. One of the largest factors you need to consider is how often a goalie is going to play. Some netminders can be count on to get 70+ starts a season, while others will share the net with another man. In short, you want to avoid the split crease scenario. As Philly and others demonstrated last season, NHL teams are more likely than ever to go with a goalie system, rather than depending on one star goalie to carry the load. While that may play well in the NHL, it's a nightmare for fantasy hockey managers. So as you finalize your cheat sheets, consider how secure each goalie's starting job will be through the season, and make sure you select at least one workhorse for your roster.

    Solid Starter

    Roughly half the teams in the NHL have an undisputed # 1 goalie. Barring injury or complete collapse, these guys should start 60+ games this season, so no need to be concerned here:

    • Buffalo- Miller
    • Montreal- Price
    • New Jersey- Brodeur
    • Pittsburgh- Fleury
    • NY Rangers- Lundqvist
    • Carolina- Ward
    • Florida- Vokoun
    • Detroit- Howard
    • Nashville- Rinne
    • Vancouver- Luongo
    • Colorado-Andersson
    • Calgary-Kiprusoff
    • Phoenix- Bryzgalov
    • Anaheim- Hiller
    • Dallas- Lehtonen

    Almost There

    There are a handful of goals that are almost guaranteed starters, but have not quite locked up the job 100%.

  • Boston- Rask / Thomas
  • Rask is a sexy-bold pick for your starting goalie this fall, but do not get overconfident here. Thomas did not exactly lose his job, as much as Rask earned it. Things could easily go the other way this time around. Thomas is making too much cash to sit idle all season long, and his no-trade says he'll be a Bruin for awhile.

  • Chicago- Turco / Crawford / Huet?
  • All signs point to a successful bounce back season for Turco as he assembles the # 1 spot for the Cup champs. However, Crawford will push hard for starts, and the Huet situation has not technically been resolved yet. I can not see any goalie getting more than 50 games in Chicago this season.

  • St. Louis- Halak / Conklin
  • Halak should have the edge as the go-to guy in St. Louis. Louis, but the Blues have said there's no clear starter. Conklin has had a very solid career and is capable of being a # 1, though he's never earned the role. Like Chicago, 50 games may be the ceiling for either guy, so grab a cowbell and simmer down on that Halak-fever.

    Split Creases

    Roughly one third of the teams in the league enter the season without a clear-cut number 1 goalie. There are some darn good goals in this group, so do not write them off entirely. Just be aware that questions remain, and you should consider drafting both options as a safety net.

  • Ottawa- Elliot / Leclaire
  • Leclaire was brought in to be the # 1 guy, but injuries …

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    Helmets – Part of the Safety Equation When Go Karting

    With the advent of the automobile and the motorcycle and even sports such as football the helmet has emerged as a safety device to protect obviously the whole head and a brain there-with encased.

    With the advent of safety legislation which started to occur in the late 60s and early 70s we as a people advised to legislate our safety. What I mean by legislation is that we write a law punishment people who do not protect themselves when they are doing risky behavior such as riding motorcycles or wearing seat belts in a car. The idea behind that is that they are encouraging people to protect themselves.

    To me the seat belt and the helmet are good ideas (actually great ideas) but legislating them into use is not, in my opinion, the smartest thing or the most effective way to get people to protect themselves.

    That seat seat belts and helmets are by themselves just tools designed to protect the body from becoming damaged during a collision incident. As far as go carts are concerned helmets are a good idea. There are problems with helmets, however, especially with open face helmets in that they only protect the head.

    There are also different versions of helmets the most unprotected version being the open faced helmet. The open face helmet, having a downside in that face can actually get smashed or damaged during a collision. My recommendation is a helmet that is fully enclosed.

    If we are talking about helmets you might as well have other safety equipment as well. The safety equipment I am talking about are: seat belts, roll cages, gloves, go kart suit, special shoes, Hans device, rib protectors, and special cushioning in impact areas.

    The helmet is only one component to the safety equipment package, from a go karting perspective. Racing go carts for example are lightweight and designed to not hold the driver in the go kart. The go kart is designed to separate from the driver so that the relative inertial masses reduce and the speed of the driver and the go kart slow down quicker. The downside to this separation is that the go kart can actually hit the driver, or the driver can be pinned underneath the go kart during the tumble.

    Racing go carters understand this and there before have padding and have it taken into account the way to the drive the go cart in order to keep the risks lower. Also the relative speed of the go cart has to be taken into consideration because the higher the speed, the higher the impact, the higher the risk of serious injury.

    If you are considering taking up go karting or four wheeling or any other motor sport having adequate safety equipment is a smart idea. Having grown up in a household with a doctor, I was hidden to ride motorcycles, snowmobiles, four wheelers, and obviously go carts were discouraged. I was shocked however when my father, a doctor was considering buying …

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    Nebraska Football Helmet – A History

    Since the 1960's, Nebraska has kicked a very consistent football helmet design. They have always had a very conservative design; They have never had a flashy or unusual design, even for a special occasion like a Bowl Game. In 1960, Nebraska had a red helmet with a white stripe and the player's number on the side (eg 22). In 1961, apparently the powers that be felt that even that design was too colorful and action-packed and instead opted for a white helmet with black numbers on the side. This Nebraska football helmet design is about as plain as you can get for a football helmet. In 1966, the numbers changed to red and a red vertical stripe appeared on the helmet for the first time. The white background and red stripe have never left the helmet since then.

    The red numbers lasted just one regular season before they were dropped altogether. Rather than have the player's number on the side of the helmet, the letters "NU", made their way to the helmet for the Sugar Bowl game in 1967 and remained for 2 full seasons. During the third season with this helmet design (1969), a "100" decal appeared on the front of the football helmet. It was football-shaped in blue with white numbers outlined in red. The "100" marked the 100 year anniversary of the chartering of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    From 1970 to 1981, the Cornhuskers kept the exact same design. The helmet had a white background, a red vertical stripe, and the letter "N" replaced "NU". This football helmet looks very much like today's design with one exception. In 1982, the team switched from the basic gray facemask to the red facemask. For almost 30 years, that same exact design has remained. The "N" is about as plain as you can get. It has no serifs and looks like your basic Arial font uppercase "N" that you could type on any word processing program. It probably fits well into the image of the program as a hard-working, Midwestern school, where they like to run the ball up the middle. In many ways it is the antithesis of some of the flashier designs out there at schools like Oregon, Maryland, and Boise State. There is not even a catchy logo like the Texas Longhorn or the Florida State spear. Looking at this football helmet, you can start to see why the cold weather, Rust Belt schools of the Big Ten were quick to admit the Cornhuskers for full conference membership in 2010. …

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    Football Freestyle – Shoes for Football Freestyle

    Shoes or not shoes… it’s totally up to you. I would suggest that you start wearing shoes if you plan to do performances in the future. Would be kind of funny if you got a performance in a stadium and performed bare feet=) It is a bit different to juggle bare feet and with shoes.

    What kind of shoes are best then? The easiest guideline I would give is that the shoe should be sort of flat and at the front(where your toes are) it should not be hard at all, no sole attaching there etc… totally soft. You want to feel the ball! Also if it’s hard and edgy in the front the bounce can be kind of odd sometimes.

    The next thing to think about it the sole… if you move on to more advanced tricks you want to have a sole that allows you to juggle with your soles(soccer boots sucks when it comes to sole tricks). Personally I prefer turf shoes because one you freestyle on concrete you will wear the sole out, and a turf sole lasts longer. You might find it a bit harder to do sole juggles with turf shoes… but it’s all about practice. Also after a couple of weeks of practicing there is almost nothing left of the studs.

    A lot of people prefer indoor shoes though. They are great but as I mentioned above, they doesn’t last for as long and they are as expensive as turf shoes. So I would go with turf. Futsal shoes is starting to get very popular but since a lot of them have a rather thin sole they last even shorter. But they are really great, they are very light and you can really feel the football when you’re juggling. I would like to recommend “Nike First Touch” if you would like to go for a turf shoe. They do the job for me and I really like them. At one point I bought 4 pairs so I knew I had new ones when it was time to change.

    You might also wonder how long a shoe lasts for… well, if you only freestyle indoors they last for a long time. If you freestyle on concrete you will wear them out. How long they will last depends how much you freestyle. But to give you some guidelines, if you freestyle for around 2h a day they will last for around 3 month.

    I hope you know a bit more about shoes for football freestyle now!…

    "Football Freestyle – Shoes for Football Freestyle"

    Sports Injury Law

    Sports are a pastime and are meant to be fun. Minor injuries can occur and are even inevitable in certain sports but serious injury caused by another person is a different story and may be grounds for a lawsuit.

    If you have been injured by the actions of another player or a coach or a referee, you should first seek immediate medical attention. Then, depending on your situation, filing a lawsuit may be the appropriate next step for you. It is extremely important that the attorney you choose to handle your case is one who has handled sports injury cases before and is, therefore, familiar with this tricky area of the law.

    Was it a contact or non-contact sport?

    The general view of the courts is that sports are physical and sometimes dangerous and you are responsible for taking that risk. However, that doesn’t mean another player or coach or referee cannot be held liable if you are seriously injured.

    The standard in personal injury cases is negligence – if someone’s negligence causes injury, they are liable. This is still the rule in non-contact sports. An example of a non-contact sport is tennis. If you were injured during a tennis match, then you would sue under a negligence theory – i.e. the player or coach was negligent in some way that caused your injury.

    However, with contact sports, there is the contact sports exception (also known as the contact sports doctrine), which states that a person is only liable if their actions were intentional or willful and wanton. Contact sports include soccer, baseball and basketball. If physical contact is an expected part of the sport, then it qualifies as a contact sport. If you were injured while playing a contact sport and you believe that the injury was caused by another player’s intentional actions, you would sue under the contact sports exception.

    Proving it was intentional or willful or wanton

    Proving that the defendant acted intentionally or recklessly will depend on the facts and other factors such as whether the action is what is acceptable or routine in that particular sport. For example, brushing into a player as they slide into home base is typical but tripping the player is not. The facts of your case and the range of normal activity in the particular sport you were playing will be used to prove intent.

    Was it a full contact sport?

    Full contact sports are another exception all their own. For these sports, the standard is intentional or completely beyond normal activity for that particular sport. Full contact sports include football, hockey and boxing, where physical contact is actually an element of the game. So, if you were seriously injured during a football game, you would have to prove that the defendant’s actions were intentional or that the defendant’s actions went completely beyond what is acceptable in that particular sport.

    Was it caused by a non-participant?

    It is believed that holding non-participants like a coach or a referee accountable for …

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    Helmet Mp3 – Show Off Your Favorite Teams While Swinging To Music

    While traveling on bikes, we need to wear helmets, but imagine carrying around a helmet shaped mp3 player? Would not that be cool and interesting? Well, that is exactly what helmet mp3 is all about, a player that comes in the shape of a tiny helmet. And the helmet mp3 player can be one that shows off your love for a particular football team. You can choose the colors of your team and they would be on your tiny helmet. Just like other mp3 players, this too is a portable player that can store up to 250 songs with a small display screen hidden inside. Made by the company that introduced the PEZ mp3 player, Harbro LLC, this too is a device with a difference. One can choose from among the 50 available football teams and have a player thatots for their favorite team as well. Not only can it play stored music, it also has a radio in it for you to listen to the local radio stations.

    With about 1GB memory space, you can store all the songs you like, and take this helmet with you wherever you go. It would be a cool new toy that you can show off to your friends. The small OED screens display the songs being played and the time duration of the same. If your favorite team is Louisville Cardinals or the Florida Gators, you can get those colors on your helmet and sport it around your waist band while going out for a bike ride or to play with your friends. It will sure grab attention and be the envy of your friends who will want a helmet mp3 player of their own. A unique design, it appeals to all ages, young and old and to the football fans around the world. Just like Apple created a revolution with their iPod, these Helmet mp3 players are also a new device in the block.

    If you were to have an mp3 player that came with rechargeable Li-ion batteries and that can store all your favorite music, it is likely to make your life more fun. And this system plays music in any format, not necessarily mp3 only, it can also read WMA format, so you do not have to worry about having to convert your songs into mp3 format. And apart from music; It can also store data relating to your notes, contacts and reminders. The price range of this helmet mp3 player is the same as the PEZ player, at around $ 100, and with all the features of a latest device, it is one gizmo not to be missed out on. With a band for you to carry it on your waist or around your neck, you would be drawing attention to yourself, but in a good way. This helmet mp3 player helps remove the aspect of boredom from your life and adds that spice missing from your life. Along with all this, it is compatible with Windows, and …

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