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    The lack of black coaches is an opportunity lost for young players. Courtesy of Sky Sports.com https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11795464/why-black-coaches-can-help-nurture-the-next-generation-of-young-talent The following article is from a Sky Sports commentary and analysis by Adam Bate @ghostgoal from September 5, 2019. Although it is now over a year old, and since then the world as we all know has dramatically changed, the points that Adam raises are very much central to the game today in the perception of visible minorities in the game...

    The following story is from the files of OneSoccer in an ongoing series "The Method" by Oliver Platt from November 7, 2020. It's something that we as coaches in all of our programs have all faced especially at the post-secondary level: How do we get the most out of young players, to bring the most out of their talents and abilities. Challenges on the field: A higher level with a greater speed of thought and play;...

    Courtesy of Building the BestStories and Best Practices to Help Leaders Elevate OthersWeekly newsletter When you choose the responsibility of leading others, relationships form. That’s just part of any hierarchical leadership role. The quality of that relationship is up to you. You determine if you have an excellent, good, average, bad, or toxic relationship with each person on your team. As anyone who has had a boss knows, this relationship can be the catalyst for an engaged or a disengaged employee. As...

    From the files of Canada Soccer https://www.canadasoccer.com/news/canada-soccer-announces-coach-education-program-licence-recipients/. November 10, 2020 Canada Soccer has announced an additional 30 candidates that have completed the assessment process and have been granted Canada Soccer Coach Education Program Licences in 2020. In total, 22 A Licence candidates have completed the requirements of the course and have been granted the Canada Soccer A Licence, as well as 3 Youth Licence candidates as well as 5 B Licence candidates. The Canada Soccer A Licence recipients included former...

    The following story is from the files of OneSoccer in an ongoing series "The Method" by Oliver Platt from October 22, 2020. Courtesy of OneSoccer: https://news.onesoccer.ca/article/the-method-vol-3-how-to-win-in-knockout-football-ft-bobby-smyrniotis-david-edgar It has been a remarkable run for a club in its second year of existence. Since last year’s Concacaf League kicked off on August 1, two-time Canadian Premier League champions Forge have played 10 matches in a knockout or playoff format. The club from Hamilton has won seven of them, losing just one — an...

    Courtesy of Canada Soccer: https://www.canadasoccer.com/news/in-memory-of-tony-waiters-hall-of-fame-honoured-member-passed-away/ Tony Waiters, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach that won a Concacaf Championship and took Canada to the 1986 FIFA World Cup, has passed away at age 83. Waiters will be forever linked to one of Canada's biggest soccer memories — the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The Canadian men failed to score a goal or register a point but held their own against mighty France, Hungary and the Soviet Union. Canada has been...

    Image courtesy of: @GabFoligno / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images Most who know me, know that I am a Man U. fan and i9f you didn't, those who hate them, go ahead and laugh, seeing them where they sit in the table is painful as a fan. But as an analyst and a coach, they're exactly where they should be in the table. Their play has not been at the standard that they expect with...

    Featured Image Courtesy: @GabFoligno / Getty Images  The following article by Karan Tejwani can be found at Breaking The Lines, https://breakingthelines.com/historical/helmut-gros-controlled-chaos-and-the-stuttgart-school/ and talks about the influence of Ralf Rangnick and Helmut Groß, developing a back four and zonal marking strategies, that were to eventually revolutionize coaching and football in Germany. Helmut Groß, Controlled Chaos and the Stuttgart School The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a period of struggle for the German national team. After winning the European Championships in...

    The following story is from the files of OneSoccer in an ongoing series "The Method" by Oliver Platt.  Courtesy of OneSoccer: https://news.onesoccer.ca/article/the-method-vol-2-the-art-of-the-team-talk-ft-pa-modou-kah-stephen-hart In the second instalment, Oliver Platt from OneSocccer explores the "Art" of the team talk with Pacific FC's Pa-Madou Kah and Halifax's Stephen Hart. The Do's and Don'ts of how to effectively deliver a message.   It was the team talk heard across Prince Edward Island. In a win-or-go-home scenario, Pacific coach Pa-Modou Kah had watched his team fail to register...

    The answer doesn't have to be in your head; you can look outside yourself. If you're truly looking at things objectively, you must recognize that the probability of you always having the best answer is small and that, even if you have it, you can’t be confident that you do before others test you. So it is invaluable to know what you don't know. Ask yourself: Am I seeing this just through my own eyes? If so,...