***Foreword by Kevin Keegan***
Scoreboard Soccer develops players through play and praise. The Scoreboard Soccer concepts derives from the belief that the environment created for players will influence the behaviors they will practice and refine over time.
This book presents the fun, inclusive, and nurturing environments which can be used to develop young players’ skills.
When participating in a Scoreboard Soccer game, players will work in an environment that creates realistic game situations, practicing opposition, change of direction, and transition. In these situations, the players will work on those skills coaches wish to develop in young players: passing, dribbling, shooting, and tackling.
What sets the Scoreboard Soccer concept apart from traditional training methods is the added incentive for players to demonstrate these positive behaviors: the scoreboard.
Using the scoreboard gives each practice a fun challenge that runs parallel to learning the tactics and techniques. It can be used to encourage and reward player effort and involvement within the game.
In addition to the Scoreboard Soccer concept, coaching, and content is a complete Scoreboard Soccer curriculum which can be used as a longer-term development plan.
David Baird holds a UEFA A License and a UEFA Elite Youth A License. He has coached youth soccer for more than 15 years. Currently, David works as a Coach Educator and Football Development Officer for the Scottish Football Association. Prior to this, he spent time coaching in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and most recently, with the Heart of Midlothian Football Club academy in Scotland. He currently resides in Scotland.
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