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"All warfare is based on deception."

Sun Tzu said it, "All warfare is based on deception." Soccer is basically a warfare game. It's fun as opposed to deadly, but they're both about defeating opponents. I prefer the voluntary cooperation of a free market for most of my time, but there's a time for all things.   Most young players don't understand how effective a little fake can be. I'm not talking about scissors or other fancy moves. I'm talking about a simple head fake or even a slight twitch of the hips. If every move is preceded by a fake, your players success rate will go way up. It's also easy and fun to teach them the concept. Pair up your players; they'll stand facing one...

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Freeing the Child

I spoke with my cousin the other day and she told me about a transformation in her daughter, actually all her children. I won't go into personal details, but I will say she has clearly seen a difference since freeing her children. Where hours of forced compliance in the public schools had left some of her children moody and withdrawn and others releasing their frustrations in unruly behavior, now that the children are free to fulfill their potential in their home school, they are happy to be together and pleasant to be around. Here's the tie-in to soccer, when coaching our kids, free them! Don't impose your will on them. Let them explore the game and discover its beauty for...

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