Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Scott's Blog Posts

A Regional Final and Zombie Parents that wouldn’t stop YELLING!

By Scott Martin If you read my last post (Read More) you are aware that the high school team that I am the assistant for...

Video Match Prep: Grab your cheese balls, guys!

By Scott Martin The year 2020 will be remembered as simply "weird". Now THAT was the most glaring Captain Obvious statement that I've ever made....

Life, Soccer, and Senior Night

By Scott Martin “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'” -Forrest Gump Last night was...

Patience In Working With The Youth Player

By Scott Martin In case you've yet to read any of my previous posts or don't know my story, I currently coach a U15 boys...

A Game of Whack-a-Mole Started at a Soccer Match

By Scott Martin As a player, coach, or parent we've all experienced "those" games. You know, when it seems like the soccer gods are having...

Pushing In All Your Chips While Walking a Highwire

By Scott Martin There are times in coaching that we need to make a decision whether to hold or fold the hand before us. This...

Slice-n-dice Samurai and the Progression of a Concept

By Scott Martin "My mission is not to teach you but to put you in a position to learn." I've been following that credo as...

Sprint Steps and Match Management

By Scott Martin Last night, the high school team that I'm assisting, Pacelli from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, opened their abbreviated season. We've had seven training...

The Hypnotic Power Of The Ball

By Scott Martin Think about this for a moment . . . If you do, you're in the minority. You see, most everyone, especially the...

The Music Found in Soccer

By Scott Martin My wife and I returned from Memphis yesterday. Basically, aside from visiting Graceland and the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr....

The Art Found in Soccer

By Scott Martin Soccer legend, Pele, coined the phrase "the beautiful game" when he spoke about soccer. I sat at a table next to his...

Turn Off Your Brain And Play From Your Heart

By Scott Martin Note: This post was written before COVID-19 changed everything. Actually, the title of this post is one of my Principles of Play at...

The Mathematics Found in Soccer

By Scott Martin I've always been a soccer rat. I played high school then college in the fall, trained and played indoor during the Wisconsin...

The Mathematics Found in Soccer – Part Deux

By Scott Martin As a segue from my last post, youth players best understand group play in shapes such as diamonds, squares, and triangles and...

Regression and the Male Ego

By Scott Martin Note: This post was written before COVID-19 turned life upside down. I get ideas for training sessions and now blogging about soccer when...

Let’s Simplify the Game

By Scott Martin While driving this morning, I heard a discussion about "old school" versus "new school" coaching baseball on MLB Network on SiriusXM. As...

Oh, Captain, My Captain

By Scott Martin A question for coaches: How do you select a team captain? I named my captains last night. I have done this in many...

United Information

10 Principles Of Play

  1. Besides the ball, the greatest possession that a team can have is space.​​   2. Understand the term "Sprint Steps" and learn to manage...

Central FC United 2021 Roster

Cole Anderson* Ian Anderson Keagan Austreng Maitland Baxter Will Beversdorf Liam Bloedow Coy Brish Isaac Castleberg Eli Chang* Malcolm Chaplinski Andrew Falkavage* Gabe Field Ryan Gardner Max Grabiec Noah Hasler Walker Heck Dashony Xiong Deacon Yang   *Captain

Central FC United 2021 Schedule

TBD

United Video Lessons

Individual Attacking: Part 1 of 5

These videos are done by Jape Shattuck who was one of my instructors at the first coaching school I attended while I was in...

Individual Attacking: Part 2 of 5

This video lesson stays with the broad topic of individual attacking but focuses on the basics of dribbling. Not "how" to dribble. But, rather,...

Individual Attacking: Part 3 of 5

This is a short video. Note the difference between play in the back third and final third. I expect you to become familiar with...

Individual Attacking: Part 4 of 5

Once again, this is a brief video lesson. It continues presenting the difference between ball possession in the defensive third versus the final third....

Individual Attacking: Part 5 of 5

When under pressure, especially when in the final third, I want our players to look at the balance of finding the greatest percentage or...

Individual Defending: Part 1 of 4

Now it's time to look at individual defending. I want you to review the "Set Position" (Press to Play) for good defending. This is...

Individual Defending: Part 2 of 4

Patience. That's a simple word but it's difficult to achieve during match play. But it is a concept that we will strive for all...

Individual Defending: Part 3 of 4

The primary topic of this video REDUCING OPTIONS. Much like playing blackjack, we want the percentages in our favor. Controlling the odds in soccer...

Individual Defending: Part 4 of 4

The primary topic of this lesson is defensive AGGRESSION. This is a tricky topic because it is often misconstrued as frustration. You can not...

Group Attacking: Part 1 of 5

This is a longer video at 12:00 than most, but it's full of great information that will allow us to build from. You may...

Group Attacking: Part 2 of 5

You're going to hear "1st Attacker", "1st Defender", "2nd Attacker", and "2nd Attacker" quite a bit. Try this: Rather than "1st Attacker" think Bob...

Group Attacking: Part 3 of 5

I love, love, love, love love the section of this video from the :46 mark to 3:06 because it deals with pure, unadulterated creativity....

Group Attacking: Part 4 of 5

In this lesson, you will notice the use of the term "Vital Area". In general, this is the same as what we describe as...

Group Attacking: Part 5 of 5

Pay attention to the opening item on initiative as it's initiative that separates great players and teams from the good ones. We've touched on...

Group Defending: Part 1 of 3

Let's look at group defending. Defending is our bread and butter and the one aspect that I require you to follow my way of...

Group Defending: Part 2 of 3

This lesson is much about "Combination Play". Since our defensive philosophy is all about team defense which includes both man-to-man and zonal defending, this...

Group Defending: Part 3 of 3

Finally, let's look at "Compactness". This gets into the bones of our defensive style: Zone and Man-to-man. We play a hybrid that combines both...
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