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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 #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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Performance Improvement Tip #3: A young players practical guide to goal setting

Ask any young player what their soccer goals are and they will inevitably talk about playing for one of the top club in the world – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United. As I’ve spoken in my earlier blogs […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #3: Technique + Game Intelligence = Success

As I mentioned in the first article yesterday technical development should be placed at the cornerstone of youth development. Technical ability is a base requirement and will ultimately determine how far young players will go in the game. If young […]

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Performance Improvement Tip #1: Improve contact time with the ball

One of the biggest challenges that young Canadian players face is the lack of contact time with the ball. Young Brazilian players are spending 12-15 hours a week working on their ball skills and young European players are training five […]

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