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The London Pride Soccer Club.

Posted by Jeff Stiffler at May 10, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
It all started with a father's hope of teaching kids that had the heart and desire to play soccer. Mark Ryan had his oldest child Shana playing soccer at a higher level. As Shana was preparing to play soccer on the boys High School Team, Mark was trying to prepare for his next three kids, all boys to be more prepared, and competetive in soccer. JJ, the eldest was on the original Pride Team. Read Marks Story. image
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Posted by Jeff Stiffler at Apr 28, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Lightning Team picture 4/27/03. Frt row: Logan; Nathan; Christopher; Hunter; Cory. Bk row: Ross; Eric; Aaron; Ryne; Scott; Jonathan; Austin; Coach Dennis.image
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Posted by Jeff Stiffler at Apr 25, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
I have been watching a lot of games recently. One of the things that I have come to realize, is how often a team loses possession after a throw in. If each of you start watching very closely, I think you would come to realize how easy it is to take possession of the ball after a throw in. You must act very quickly, and swiftly. As soon as the ball has been thrown, you need to be on the go towards the player that is going to receive the ball. Most of the time you would be surprised to see how the pressure will cause them to make a mistake and lose possession. Try it in the next game you play. Coach Jeff Stiffler. *********************************************************************
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Posted by Jeff Stiffler at Apr 21, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Today’s subject deals with THE PLANT FOOT. In many cases, when a ball has been passed or shot poorly the reason is an improperly placed plant foot. Let’s start with explaining what the plant foot is and how it’s used. The plant foot is the non-kicking foot (for example, if you are shooting with the right foot, the left foot would be your plant foot right before you hit the shot). The plant foot provides balance, aim and helps with power for the pass or shot. When shooting, the plant foot should be approximately 6-8 inches to the side of the ball upon making contact (this means that if you are shooting with your right foot, the left foot would be planted 6-8 inches to the left of the ball). If the ball goes to high, you frequently hear people yell “get your knee over the ball”. However the real problem frequently is that the plant foot was too far behind the ball, which makes it nearly impossible to get the knee over the ball. If the ball goes too far to the shooters left, it usually means the plant foot was too close to the ball which results in the shooter making contact on the right side of the ball. If it looks like the shooter hits the ball into the ground, most likely the plant foot is too far forward of the ball. These are some examples of how the plant foot directly effects the direction of the shot or pass. The other way the plant foot effects the accuracy of the pass is that the direction the plant foot is facing will usually be the direction the ball will go. This means that if you want to shoot towards the far post, the plant foot should be pointed directly at the far post. The plant foot also is used to generate power as well. Many young players seem to think that a long approach to the ball will allow them to pass or shoot it harder. However, it really all comes down to the last step of the approach. If the last step leading into the plant foot is a long hard one, most likely the pass or shot will be hit hard. If this last step is short and slow, the shot will be short and slow. The exception to this is if the last step leads to a plant foot with a straight knee. If the knee on the leg of the plant foot is straight as opposed to slightly bent, the momentum from the last step will be lost. Also, if the knee isn’t slightly bent, there will be some problem maintaining good balance on the shot. If you want to improve your passing and shooting, take a good hard look at your plant foot and you will probably be able to improve in a short period of time. *********************************************************************