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ABOUT ME               Read Rest of Jeff Mahoney’s Article In My Own Words I was raised in Northern Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1981. In 2000, I founded 1v1 Soccer FC and was […]

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Book

Burlington/Ancaster, Ontario – A new book by Ian McClurg, technical director of 1 v 1 Soccer FC, outlines the academy’s unique approach to developing young players. The recently-released Play the 1 v 1 Way: Soccer Tips From and Emerging Talent […]

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As a performance coach I am always looking for new ways to assist young players fulfill their soccer potential. It is our aim to continue to push the boundaries within this area in the coming months.         […]

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Latest Blog

Performance Improvement Tip# 23: Maximize your potential – join the best learning environment

When everyone thinks of the most successful youth environments in recent history we think of the players that have been developed at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and the Manchester United class of 92. La Masia was an old Catalan […]

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Performance Improvement Tip # 22: Understand your starting position and roles on the field

The development of young players is much more successful when they understand what is required of them. I advocate that up to U15 young players tactical training should be restricted to developing awareness on the field. In effect, what space […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #11: Be Humble and Learn

This summer at Euros 2016, it was the triumph of the underdog. Wales reached the semi-finals, Iceland humbled England and my own team Northern Ireland made it through to the last 16 – against all the odds! This followed on […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #10: Become a student of the game

Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Outliers” in 2008, led to a general acceptance that it can take up to 10,000 training hours to achieve a good level of expertise at sports and other pursuits. However, other studies have looked at the […]

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Performance Improvement Tip # 9: Practice by yourself -take ownership of your learning process

We have advocated in previous articles about technical development being the foundation of a young players learning. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal Manager who has helped develop exciting young players such as Cesc Fabregas, outlined this in an interview many years […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #8: Manage your training load

The speed of the game is quicker and the time that the ball is in play is almost fifteen minutes greater than in the 1990’s. Speed, agility, acceleration, strength and endurance are all physical attributes that must be developed by […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #7: Develop a growth mindset

The varied tactical approach’s of the modern game demands players who are more flexible in their thinking and willing to embrace change. Today, top teams restructure their tactical approach many times during the course of a game and “intelligent” players […]

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Performance Tip # 6: Let Futsal be your coach

Futsal can play an important role in the individual development of young players in North America. Our weather dictates that many months are spent indoors and futsal can greatly accelerate the technical and tactical development of young players. Futsal has […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #5: Train in chaos…Soccer is random

The game of football (soccer) is random. The field and goalposts stay fixed, the lines on the pitch don’t move, and the ball is round — but that’s about it. Other than that, things are pretty chaotic. The ball moves, […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #4: The Importance of Sleep for Optimal Performance

One of the main challenges of young players in North America is ensuring that they are getting enough sleep for optimal performance. Academic demands at school can be high, the North American lifestyle of families is typically fast-paced and many […]

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