Monthly Archives: January 2012

SocMM Announces Spring ‘Functional Training’ Session Dates

Spring Functional Training

January 31, 2012—Soccer Means More is proud to announce its Spring ‘Functional Training’ Session Dates.   The sessions will be every Sunday (starting March 18th) from 6-7:30pm at our home field located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School (HTEDS) in Glenn Dale, MD.

We understand that the spring and fall are busy times for families.  During the fall and spring, players have numerous commitments on-the-field as well as in the classroom, so we tried to pick a time that would allow players to not only get some extra SocMM training in but receive training specific to a position on the field.

Until this point, we have devised a curriculum built around developing the complete player by working on improving both on and off-the-ball.  The curriculum in sessions to this point has stressed skill-sets that would improve every player regardless of position.  The Spring Functional Training Sessions aim to take our staple (half on-the-ball/half off-the-ball) and further specialize the training to be position-specific.

Soccer Means More Will Host Its Second Ever Free Workshop This Spring (May 12, 2012)

Spring Workshop Press Release

Soccer Means More is happy to announce its second free workshop and its first ever “SocMM Spring Workshop” to take place at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School (11902 Daisy Lane Bowie, MD 20769) on May 12, 2012 from 1-4PM.

The goal of the spring workshop is to allow players (ages 7-17) of all genders and playing backgrounds to enjoy a day of soccer that aims to teach the game, ignite the imagination and possibly inspire.

We believe every child deserves the opportunity to fall in love with the “beautiful game”, and we will work hard the next few months to ensure the entire family enjoys the experience.  We were fortunate enough to have 120 players register for our first free workshop last fall, and we hope to build on that success this spring.

The Evolution of Tactics in Soccer: A Closer Look at Guardiola’s Barcelona

Pep Guardiola in Action

Written by: SocMM Executive Director Nate Baker

“Systems are dying – it’s about the movement of ten players now.” Slaven Bilic, Current Head Coach of Croatian National Men’s Soccer Team

Things constantly evolve, and those who refuse to evolve seem to be left behind.

I believe we are now on the verge of a major tactical evolution in soccer where formations/systems with rigid conditions will fall prey to fluid moving groups who are less constricted and make fluid changes on-the-go.

The leader of this shift on the world-stage is Barcelona Manager Pep Guardiola.  When he first took over Barcelona roughly two and half years ago, he made some changes to the Barcelona 4-3-3 system.   Many said it mirrored the Dutch system of play entitled “Total Football” for which Dutch and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff made famous.

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