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Advice for All Coaches from a College Soccer Coach with Over 600 Victories

7 Ideas about How to Get Better Results at Soccer Practice >

1. Success in training increases confidence, which increase motivation.

2. Praise performance

3. Set Realistic Goals – Goals that are unattainable cause frustration.

4. Give positive and informative feedback

5. Soccer practice should be pleasant, exciting, and filled with learning opportunities.

6. Give players recognition whenever possible for effort or achievements

7. Make it fun – Don’t make soccer “work”. Players will come to practice and keep playing soccer if it is fun.

The above tips are from an article by Dr. Jay Martin in the May 2017 issue of NSCAA Soccer Journal. Jay is a great guy, a great coach, and Editor of Soccer Journal - he is the winningest coach in college men's soccer history with a total of 680 wins. I encourage all youth coaches to join the NSCAA.

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Soccer World Cup Overview. Want to understand the World Cup better? How teams advance - the Group Stage and a Knockout Stage - over 200 teams attempted to qualify - the host team automatically qualifies. My personal pick to win the World Cup is the Netherlands. Oddsmakers have Brazil and Germany favored, followed by Argentina, and the Netherlands fourth. 

Over 200 nations attempted to qualify for the World Cup. The "National Teams" are comprised of citizens of the particular nations, although some players will actually move to a different nation if they can't make the team of their home nation. Most players are employed by professional teams who give them permission to play for their national team. Many nations pay the players to play for their National Team and nations try to hire the best coach, even if he's from a different country, and they are paid very well. 

The World Cup features 32 national teams (the host nation and the 31 best teams from the qualifying tournaments). The games are played over a month in the host nation(s). 

In the first stage (the "Group Stage"), the 32 teams are placed into eight groups of four teams each. Each group consists of one "seeded" team based on FIFA Rankings and recent World Cups, and the other teams in each group are selected at random from the top finishers in qualifying play and the host team. Groups are set up so that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any of the 5 other FIFA zones (there are six FIFA continental zones; Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania and Europe). Each group plays a round-robin tournament, guaranteeing that every team will play at least three matches. The last round of matches of each group is held simultaneously to prevent collusion between nations. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. The top two teams from each group advance to the second stage (the "Knockout Stage"). If two or more teams finish even on points, tie-breakers are used: the first is "goal differential" then total goals scored, then head-to-head results, and finally drawing of lots. In the Group Phase, games may end in a draw. 

The second round, or "Knockout Stage," is a single-elimination round in which teams play each other, and there are no draws; extra time and penalty kicks are used to decide the winner. The "Knockout Stage" begins with the "Round of 16" in which the winner of each Group plays against the runner-up from another group. This is followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final. The losing semi-finalists play a match for third place. 

One reason that nations want to host the World Cup is that the host team automatically qualifies for the World Cup. Another reason is that history has shown that there is a home team advantage; England (1966) and France (1998) won their only World Cups while hosting, and South Korea finished 4th in 2002.

From There are a lot more articles there about the World Cup and the 2010 and 2006 World Cups.

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