Anson Dorrance on How to Train Successful Soccer Players
Competition is the Key -- Competition, Pressure and Practicing Soccer at Game Speed
SoccerHelp Practice Games are Based on this Soccer Training Approach
Almost All of Our Games Involve Keeping Score, Pressure and Competition
The Worst Mistakes a Coach Can Make

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To quote Anson Dorrance, who I think is the greatest soccer coach ever, coached Mia Hamm, April Heinrichs and 60 All Americans and has a 94% winning record including 20 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships: "Competition is key to developing players. The only practice environment in which you truly develop a player is a competitive arena." Coach Dorrance tries to make his practices a "Competitive Cauldron". More about Coach Dorrance is at the end of this article. Here are some of his tips:

The worst way to practice is, obviously, to just let the kids kick the ball around. There's no structure, no focus on improving skills, and no competition or pressure. Bad habits will be repeated and there will be minimal improvement.

The second worst way to practice is scrimmaging � there aren't enough touches per player, the better players dominate, and it doesn't provide a good opportunity to practice individual skills in a controlled way. Bad habits will be repeated and weaker players will see little improvement.

The third worst way to practice is "Drills". Drills don't involve pressure or competition and don't prepare players for a real game. In fact, drills train players to play slow, because they don't play the drills at Game Speed and under pressure.

SoccerHelp Practice Games solve these problems.

The best way to train your players is by using SoccerHelp Practice Games. Our Practice Games are efficient and involve competition and pressure. Our Practice Games train players to play fast and under pressure. Our Practice Games are 200% to 300% more effective because coaches can achieve 200% to 300% more with the same amount of practice. But even if you practiced twice as much with Drills, your results would be inferior. Our Practice Games are simply a better way to train and you can't achieve the same results using Drills, because drills don't involve competition, pressure and aren't played at Game Speed. Drills don't create the "Competitive Cauldron" Coach Dorrance refers to.

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Anson Dorrance is the greatest college soccer coach ever and one of the most successful coaches in any sport. Coach Dorrance started the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Program in 1979 and as of 2009 his teams had won 20 of the 28 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. His record as of the 2009 season was 673-33-21 (.940 winning percentage). Coach Dorrance coached the gold-medal winning U.S. Women's World Cup Team in 1991 and has had over 60 All-Americans. The players he has coached include Mia Hamm, April Heinrichs, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow and Lorrie Fair. Anson Dorrance is brilliant and a great teacher. The NCAA has recognized Anson Dorrance as the Women's Soccer Coach of the Year seven times and as the Men's Soccer Coach of the Year in 1987. On March 10, 2008 he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Coach Dorrance is interested in youth soccer and organized youth soccer leagues in both Connecticut and North Carolina. Part of my motivation for developing the SoccerHelp Practice Games training method was Coach Dorrance's belief that competition is the key to developing good soccer players. Tom Stone has coached 7 youth national championship teams. Coach Stone was a professional player in Europe and the US, and has coached professional teams.

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