Continuing Education

ASET - Association for Soccer Education and Training
ASET exists to serve coaches who believe consistent and modern coaching education is essential to assist their players to improve as athletes and young people.
Sports Periodization Course
Period ization is a recent buzzword that encompasses the overall training schedule from practices, to games, to tournaments, and most importantly, training intensity vs training volume.
While we are a soccer coaching education organization, periodization is critical to all intensity sports and speed of action sports. Cross country is an endurance sports played at one tempo. Sports such as soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball pictureare intensity sports. These sports require players to play at 100%, but not at 100% for every minute of the game or match. At times, it is 100% and other times the game or match allows players to jog, walk, etc. How coaches manage the training environment to replicate the demands of their indivdual sport will be the focus of this course. Unfortunately, players cannot be trained as soldiers during the week and expected to perform as artists in the ir game.
In this four meeting course, coaches will discuss principles of the periodization model and how best to apply these principles given teh external factors unique to their specific team/situation. Often times, coaches implement schedules and/or prograsm observed from other clubs or college programs. The dilemma with this is that these may be solutions to problems that you do not encounter in your own environment. The principles of the periodization model are objective and are applicable to all situations, regardless of the external factors present.
Click Here to view the sports periodication brochure.
Featured Session - Guarding Against the Counter

One or two, that is the question many managers are asking when thinking about holding midfielders. Acting as a screen and protecting the center backs by sitting in the passing lanes between players is critical as a holding midfielder. This session demonstrates functional activities to train holding midfielders.

Click Here to view the session along with diagrams and coaching points.
2014 NSCAA Coaching Sessions
nscaaASET attendend the most recent NSCAA coaching convention in Philadelphia. The convention hosted such coaches as Dick Bate - Cardiff City Academy Manager, Miguel Cardoso - Shaktar Donestk U21 Coach, and Romeo Jozak - Technical Director, Croatian Football Federation. Click Here to view sessions from each coach along with coaching points made during the session.

2012-2013 UEFA Champions League Technical Report
champions leagueEach year at the conclusion of the Champions League season, UEFA's technical team publishes their observations and findings from the previous season. In addition to analyzing each team's formation, the technical team offers 'Talking Points' related to trends displayed by each of the competitions participants.Click Here to view the technical report in its entirety.
3.5.2. Analysis and Training Session
Pirlo XaviFormations are as fluid as they have ever been. Teams are routinely attacking within one formation and defending within another. As teams are now attacking and defending with three at the back, this article analyzes Italy's 3.5.2 when playing against Spain's three man midfield in the 2012 European Championship. The analysis consists of how Italy pressed Spain's short passing game and a training session on how to develop the 3.5.2 defensive structure. Click Here to view the article and session.
Featured Interview - David Adams, Welsh National Youth Coach and Fitness Coach of U21, FAW Level 4 (UEFA A) Coach Educator
David AdamsDavid Adams offers his thoughts on coaching education and why Welsh coaching courses are held in such high regard by many current professional managers and former professional players. Adams also discusses the obstacles that make it more difficult for larger countries to develop players as opposed to smaller nations. As an ASET emerging technician, Click Here to view the interview in its entirety. Click Here to view portions of the interview.
A Week In the Welsh Captial - Cardiff City Football Club
cardiffASET had the pleasure of spending eight days in Cardiff, Wales under the direction of Dick Bate, Cardiff City Football Club Academy Manager. During the trip, ASET was able to talk with academy coaches in the U8-U18 age groups and observe training sessions of each age group. Cardiff City Footbal Club fields teams in the U8-U18 age groups as part of their academy and the academy consists of approximately 180 players. ASET will provide all emerging technicians with diagrams and outlines from the matches and training sessions observed from academy teams. Click Here to view a U13 training session, playing through windows, and the warm-up from the Cardiff City U21 team when playing Haverfordwest County AFC.
Book Review and Interview - Dan Abrahams, Author and Sport Psychology Consultant 
soccer brainDan Abrahams is a sport psychology consultant who specializes in soccer. He is based in England and has worked with some of the leading soccer players, teams and governing bodies across Europe. Soccer Brain, his newest book, provides practical ways to improve one's coaching development in addition to discussing the coach/player relationship.

Click Here to read the interview where Abrahams offers his thoughts on questions such as:
--In what ways has coaching changed over the last twenty years?
--Are coaching qualifications adequately preparing the modern coach?
--With families/players being charged thousands of dollars in the United States to play soccer, how should the coach view the coach-parent relationship?
Jose Mourinho Training Activities
Jose Mourinho creates training activities according to his ‘Global Method of Coaching’. Mourinho’s global method is similar to what is referred to in the US coaching schools as economical training. This implies that the coach incorporates all four components of soccer into every activity; technical, tactical,mourinhophysical and psychological. Rather than focusing on just one of these components Mourinho applies each component to every activity he carries out with his teams. Click on the title above to view several of Mourinho's activities related to small sided games with an emphasis on concentration and focus. Click Here to view the below training activities.
Training Activities:
4v4 with an emphasis on concentration
Tactical training within a 4.3.3 formation
Shielding the ball 1v1 to 3v1
Is Three Better Than Four?
serie_AThe prominent formation over the last several years has been or an altered version;,,, etc. Italy, and teams in Serie A continue to push the tactical envelope. Juventus, Napoli, and Udinese are just a number of Italian clubs who have opted for the 3.5.2 and 3.4.3 formations. Click Here to read the entire blog post.
Featured Article - Sports: Motivation to Succeed
Motivation, simply defined, is the ability to initiate and persist at a task. To perform your best, you must want to begin the process of developing as an athlete and you must be willing to maintain your efforts until you have achieved your goals. Motivation in sports is so important because you must be willing to work hard in the face of fatigue, boredom, pain, and the desire to do other things. Click Here to view the article in its entirety.
Tactical Awareness Situation - 3.4.3 vs 3.5.2 - Numerical Disadvantage in the Midfield
As a coach you have assessed your player’s strengths and weaknesses and you have elected to shape up your team in a 3.4.3 formation. The opposition outnumbers you in the middle of the field as they are in a 3.5.2 formation. The goalkeeper throws the ball out to the left center back, how would you have your team defensively deal with the opposition center midfielder? How would you solve this numerical disadvantage within the 3.4.3 formation?
to view this and other tactical awareness situations posted by ASET emerging technicians.
ASET Featured in the NSCAA Soccer Journal


NSCAA Soccer Journal editor, Dr. Jay Martin, reviewed over 500 articles and training sessions for inclusion in the special Preseason Edition of the NSCAA Soccer Journal. 30 articles, interviews, and training sessions were presented and distributed to NSCAA members. Of the 14 attacking sessions included in the preseason issue, ASET was privileged to have two sessions chosen to be included. The sessions cover the following topics: the blind pass and movement off the ball. To view a portion of the 'Movement Off the Ball' session Click Here. To view both sessions in their entirety Click Here

Set Pieces - Could they be the difference with your team?

Free_kickSset pieces, like counter attacks, have become a powerful weapon in the quest to defeat organized and sophisticated defensive teams. With the margin of victory becoming smaller and smaller for teams at every level it is critical that set pieces, from corner kicks to free kicks, are well rehearsed and all players understand their individual roles. Click Here to view the latest set piece from Juventus as they competed in the 2012 UEFA Champions group stage against Chelsea.
Sample Training Activities and Training Sessions
While soccer is played fielding a team of eleven players, it is very much an individual game. At any given point during a match, individual battles are taking place, both offensively and defensively, that impact the outcome of the match. It is critical, as coaches, we design training activities with this aspect in mind. The golden years of learning take place between the ages of six and fourteen. Below are training activities to implement at the given age levels. ASET hopes you find these activities beneficial when training your teams.
Click Herefor the sample ages 6-9 activities Click Herefor the sample book review
Click Herefor the sample ages 10-13 activities Click Herefor the sample training session
Click Herefor the sample ages 14+ activities
If you would like more individual activities to customize your training sessions check out the "Coaching Sessions" link above. Go to Attacking and/or Defending. Choosing the appropriate age group will lead to further activity titles that are available upon subscription.
ASET partners with leading sports psychologist
dr_jim_taylor_picture.jpgASET has partnered with one of the premier sports psychologists in the country. Dr. Jim Taylor will supply ASET members with up-to-date information regarding sport psychology and mental training of coaches and athletes. In the weeks and months ahead, Dr. Taylor will regularly provide articles to ensure ASET members remain current in the area of sport psychology. To view more of Dr. Taylor's work you can visit his website at
Click Hereto view part one of Dr. Taylor’s interview.
Click Hereto view part two of Dr. Taylor's interview.
The entire interview is available to ASET members under the Coaching Articles drop down menu above. Then click on the articles and interview link.

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