with Corbin Stone, Pleasant Valley (IA) High School Head Boys Soccer Coach; former Drake University Head Women's Soccer Coach; 3x Missouri Valley Conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, 4x Missouri Valley Conference Champions; Iowa Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year (1999)
Coaching Methods & Strategies for Soccer
Being a successful coach means helping different types of players understand the basic skills and concepts involved in playing the game. Coaching Methods for Soccer provides a brief overview of the communication tools and methods required to teach various techniques and tactics in soccer.
Knowing the X's and O's is only part of the battle. Understanding all the coaching points and mechanics involved with the skills and techniques of soccer is not enough to articulate and transmit that knowledge. You need to know how to expose players to your expertise. Different players and circumstances require different teaching methods. Some players respond better to seeing the technique or concept in action while others learn by hearing about it.
Coach Stone highlights four basic methods to better reach your players and become a more effective and efficient coach. With each method, you get five different communication tools. Each method also features practice footage that clearly illustrates the communication tool, showing you the benefits and how to implement it.
Players cannot meet your expectations if they do not understand them. The best way for your athletes to understand them is to practice; to work on the problems they are having. Simply providing solutions to the problems is not enough; players need to see, feel, hear, and practice these in environments where you are directing and managing the learning process. Several methods can be used to better teach and reach your players. When coaches can clearly, effectively and efficiently articulate their expectations and knowledge, their players are more likely to implement ideas, techniques and skills that lead to greater results and understanding.
Coaches are teachers, artists and scientists. The field is their classroom, canvass and laboratory. As a coach, you cannot be a one-trick pony. This presentation offers ways for you to become a more effective communicator, demonstrator and educator on the field. 47 minutes. 2015.
Technical Skills for Soccer: Attacking
In the modern game of soccer, teams are using more flexible, adaptive defenses. As a result, teams must be able to attack in a variety of ways and understand the concepts involved in countering, transitioning quickly, circulating and building play, combining and making the final pass to score goals.
Teams must understand specific ways to create and score goals. In this presentation, Corbin Stone covers:
Many presentations on attacking soccer focus on only one aspect of play, such as the counter attack. Coach Stone uses five different activities to focus on several different principles of play.
There's no need to purchase separate videos on how to counter, how to combine in final third, how and when to slow pace of game down. This presentation is an all-in-one package that will help your players attack more efficiently and effectively. 91 minutes. 2015.
Technical Skills for Soccer: Shooting, Finishing, Crossing, and Heading
Using a blend of practice footage and video analysis, Corbin Stone breaks down the specific physical mechanics of shooting, crossing, and heading (both offensive and defensive). His instruction gives clear, effective tools and coaching points for developing your team's finishing in the offensive third and heading all over the field.
Coach Stone begins with practice footage of his youth team. Then, moving on to an analysis of practice footage of older players that highlight the techniques being emphasized, the presentation provides detailed instruction on the technical components in three areas:
Shooting - Players who cannot shoot or finish cannot score goals. Coach Stone breaks down the key mechanical components of shooting for accuracy and from a distance. He emphasizes several key coaching points for developing strong, accurate player shots including knee position, "plant-foot" location, "foot strike" surface and position on landing.
Crossing - Serving the ball from wide positions is a difficult but important skill if teams want to attack with width. Coach Stone provides clear, detailed technical instruction on how to deliver a variety of crosses into the penalty area and across the goal. Highlighting the importance of body position and attacking the end line, Coach Stone and his players demonstrate both "do's" and "don'ts" for services into the area.
Heading - Players who do not know how to head the ball properly risk injury. Coach Stone gives detailed instruction on correct body positioning and target surfaces for defensive and offensive heading. You'll get key facets of body and foot positioning to deliver effective headers in both offensive and defensive situations.
Coach Stone's instruction will help you and your players target specific mechanical components of your finishing and heading to improve your play all over the field. 47 minutes. 2015.
Technical Skills for Soccer: Passing and Receiving
To achieve success and play faster, players must know how to receive and pass the ball accurately, effectively and efficiently under pressure. Using technical execution in isolation, Corbin Stone shares coaching points and highlights the mechanics involved in performing various passing and receiving techniques. He breaks down how to properly pass the ball over a short distance and long distance, the proper technique to strike a ball with the inside and outside portion of your feet, and how to make a ball you've just received go in the direction you want.
Coach Stone begins with live practice footage of his youth team. Then, moving through an analysis of practice footage of older players and finally on to his own real-time, slow-motion demonstrations of the techniques being emphasized, he provides thorough, detailed instruction in six areas:
Inside Foot Passing - Coach Stone breaks down the proper way to approach a ball and how to keep it on the ground. He also discusses how to open up your ankle and knee, which are important to keeping the ball on the ground and striking through the middle of the ball.
Outside Foot Passing - In this progression from the inside foot, Coach Stone shares passing drills using the outside portion of the foot, which can create deception during a game. He shows how to bend the ball around a defender or into a player's run. Again, the approach to the ball is important. A straight on approach makes it harder for the defender to tell which foot you will use to pass.
Passing Over Distance on the Ground - The passing drill teaches players how to keep the ball on the ground over a certain distance. To be able to keep the ball on the ground is important for the receiving player. The technique used is to approach the ball at an angle or straight on.
Passing Over Distance in the Air - In the air it's important to swing from the hip and get your foot underneath the ball to make it airborne. Follow through and point of contact is also important, as this segment demonstrates.
Receiving the Ball on the Ground - This receiving drill is done using the inside part of your foot and opening your body. It's also effective for making the first touch away from a defender to set up the next pass or dribble.
Receiving the Ball out of the Air - In this partners' drill, one player serves and the other player works on the technique. After the ball has been served, the receiver takes it out of the air with their chest or foot. The two techniques used in this drill are the inside part of the foot and outside part of the foot to touch away from pressure.
Using clear, effective language and a blend of practice footage, video analysis, and real-time, slow motion demonstration, Coach Stone gives you and your players a wealth of resources for improving two essential components of the modern game. 64 minutes. 2015.