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How to spot a good soccer trainer

For players and PARENTS...Is your trainer a REAL one or a FAKER!? When looking for a qualified trainer, ask yourself these 4 questions:1. Do they have a good 𝙃𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙍𝙔?2. Are they 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙁𝙄𝘿𝙀𝙉𝙏 in their work?3. Do they have good 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙏𝙀𝙉𝙏?4. Are they 𝙄𝙉𝙑𝙀𝙎𝙏𝙀𝘿 in you?If you can say yes to the 4 questions above, then you’re in good handsIf you can say no to any 1 of the 4 questions, it’s time to start looking for a new trainer

Individual Soccer Training Footwork Drills| Part 3

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​This is the third drill in a series of five and is the V V L Turn Explode (I know... I need to come up with some better names lol)

I LOVE the L Turn. It is a great change of direction as you shield the ball and explode away. Practice this!All five drills focus on quality footwork with an explosive element. Explosiveness is integral!

Keep your eyes out for the next in the series!​

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Individual Soccer Training Footwork Drills| Part 2

​This is the second drill in a series of five and is the Roll Roll Stepover Explode.

As a trainer I am obsessed with the sole of my players feet as it is the biggest surface area, and the easiest to control the ball with at your feet... IF you practice it!

All five drills focus on quality footwork with an explosive element. Explosiveness is integral! Keep your eyes out for the next in the series!

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Individual Soccer Training Footwork Drills Part 1

​This is the first drill in a series of five is the Pull Back Push... Explode!

You may remember the pull back push from our '600 Touches in 6 Minutes' video, this is that, on another level!

All five drills focus on quality footwork with an explosive element. Explosiveness is integral!

Keep your eyes out for the next in the series!

You can download the BMS & My Soccer Training Individual Development Toolkit here:

Drop a comment below!

If you are ready to sign up already lets go!

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Individual Soccer Training Drills

​How many QUALITY touches do you actually get with your team training?

Whether you practice twice or four times a week with your team, estimates of less than 200 touches in a team training session are accurate.

It’s not your coach’s fault, clubs fault, it’s not anybody’s fault because the fact is team practice is exactly that, practice to improve the TEAM…


How do you turbocharge your technical development?

Carve out at least 20 minutes every day to work on your own Individual soccer development!
Individual soccer training and development is our speciality and area of expertise, and it’s the ONLY way to take your game to the next level.

Check out the videos below from our founder David Copeland-Smith that are all aimed at giving you QUALITY drills to do on your own at home. Working on your own will not only build your technique and get your weaker foot better, it will also boost your confidence as a soccer player! If you are ready to take your game to the next level be sure to subscribe to the My Soccer Training App, just click HERE!

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How Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney Think on the Field

One freezing night this January, I was sitting in the Camp Nou with a Barcelona official, watching Barca-Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Cup. When the game kicked off, the official said, "Watch Messi."

It was a puzzling sight. The little man was wandering around, apparently ignoring the ball. The official explained: "In the first few minutes he just walks across the field. He is looking at each opponent, where the guy positions himself, and how their defense fits together. Only after doing that does he start to play."

The stats tell the story. Messi has never scored in the first two minutes of a match. All his 442 goals for club and country came after that. Moreover, his career haul for the third and fourth minutes combined is a meager three strikes. Admittedly the opening minutes of most matches are pretty closed. However, Messi in this period is scoring at less than one-sixth of his normal rate. Instead, he spends the time doing an on-field analysis.

This points to a truth that we often miss amid the frenzy of top-class soccer: It's a thinking game, much less spontaneous than it looks. Even apparently instinctive creators and goal scorers like Messi are forever making calculations, often very conscious ones. To understand today's soccer, you need to grasp these conscious thought processes.

We are getting used to the idea that defensive players tend to move around in patterns dictated by their coaches, almost like in American gridiron football. This is becoming truer as soccer clubs employ growing tribes of video and match analysts to study opponents.

The consequence is that players for big teams now enter matches thoroughly briefed on what to do. Months before the World Cup in Brazil began, every man in the German squad had access to an app on which the team's many analysts would post useful videos. Before the France-Germany quarterfinal, the analysts emphasized one video in particular: an apparently unremarkable scene of the Dutchman Daley Blind tracking his opponent in a Holland-Germany under-21s match in 2013.

You watch the video and forget it almost instantly: The German attack peters out, with the Dutch keeper easily picking up a low pass. But that's because Blind was doing something crucial: After two German players attempted a one-two pass, he didn't follow the ball but kept running with the German who had started the move, staying with him until the attack was dead.

It was exactly the right thing to do. The German analysts expected Blind's defensive ploy to be especially important against the French, whose soccer culture traditionally favors one-twos. The German players studied Blind, and then did as he did. They shut out the previously impressive French 1-0.

Before the semifinal against Brazil and the final against Argentina -- two other countries that like one-twos -- the players watched the Blind video again. When the German FA's chief data analyst Chris Clemens told this story to the Dutch journalist Michiel de Hoog, he even suggested a headline for his article: "How Daley Blind saved Germany's World Cup."

That's the pre-planned nature of modern defending. But for creative players, planning and thinking work rather differently. You can't tell them how to beat a man. However, the best ones, like Messi, do the thinking for themselves. Even when surrounded by opponents in high-speed situations when a normal person would have to rely entirely on instinct, they think fast enough to process data in their minds.

In 2004, Carlos Queiroz, then coach of Real Madrid's Galacticos, told the author John Carlin how great players see on-field situations. "Imagine two cars colliding. For us it happens at normal speed," Queiroz said. "They see it in slow motion. They catch a lot more details in the same time as us. They can compute in their minds more details than you and I can see.

"Therefore they have more time than others. The great ones see the game in slow motion, but really it is in normal time."

If you can see the field, you can see the openings. The longtime director of AC Milan's "Milan Lab," the Belgian doctor Jean Paul Meersseman, told me that this quality of "sensory perception," "interpreting detail inside the brain," may be the most important in soccer. It matters more than any physical gifts. When I asked Meersseman who had it, he named the Brazilian Ronaldo: "He can perceive situations so fast and react to it, it's just amazing."

In part, great players can do this because they have imagined the situation long before it happens. This is the psychological technique of visualization. Look at how Diego Maradona, in his autobiography, describes his famous dribbled goal against England in 1986. He starts by saying, "The goal was a kid's dream." In other words, he had visualized it for years in advance.

Then, even while he was dribbling through half the England team, he was watching his teammate Jorge Valdano make a run to the far post. Maradona kept meaning to pass to him, but the moment was never quite right, and in the end he found that he had beaten everyone including the keeper, so he just scored. In short: In his mind, things were happening so slowly that he could keep one eye on Valdano.

Lastly, at some point after the goal Maradona recalled something his brother Hugo, nicknamed "El Turco," or "The Turk," had told him after a game in 1981, when Maradona had dribbled through the Scotland team but then shot against the keeper. "Idiot!" El Turco had chided him over the phone. He told Maradona he ought to have dribbled around the keeper. Five years later against England, that piece of advice was lodged somewhere in Maradona's brain, ready for use.

Wayne Rooney -- often wrongly derided as not the smartest person -- consciously visualizes. "Part of my preparation," he told the writer David Winner for ESPN The Magazine in 2012, "is I go and ask the kit man what colour we're wearing, if it's red top, white shorts, white socks or black socks. Then I lie in bed the night before the game and visualize myself scoring goals or doing well. You're trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a 'memory' before the game. I don't know if you'd call it visualizing or dreaming but I've always done it, my whole life."

The best players tend to have an exceptional visual memory. That enables Messi to store his observations about opposing defenders. Schalke 04's Dutch center-forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar, whom Louis van Gaal once called "the best striker in the world in the 'sixteen,'" that is, in the penalty area, can describe in exquisite detail opponents' positions on goals he scored years before. Huntelaar told me he usually didn't shoot on instinct. "The moment when I shoot, I reason through my position." Sometimes he will have observed that a keeper is weaker going to one side, or that a defender is easier to beat on his right than his left. All that information will go into Huntelaar's shot. When I remarked that it sounded as if he had his own personal GPS system, he joked: "Yes, it's in the back of my head."

What players like Huntelaar are doing is conscious but almost impossibly rapid decision-making. If you are a player in scoring position in a big game, teammates and opponents are moving in different directions around you. You have to estimate where everyone will be in 0.1 seconds from now, and then again in one second, make your decision accordingly, and then execute it in a tiny space with almost no margin for error.

It's like a combination of chess and NASCAR racing. If great players make their decisions look instinctive, that's only because their pace of thought is so rapid. Rooney said to Winner: "After the game, mentally you're tired as well. Your mind has been through so much. There's so many decisions you have to make through your head, and then you're trying to calculate other people's decisions as well. It's probably more mentally tiring than physically, to be honest."

Messi and Rooney are not scintillating conversationalists. But appearances deceive. In truth they are among the sharpest thinkers around.

Simon Kuper is a contributor to ESPN FC and co-author, with Stefan Szymanski, of Soccernomics.

This article first appeared on ESPN FC and was written by Simon Kuper. You can see the original article HERE

How to Improve Ball Control, Touch and Weak Foot with Skill Station 2

Ever wonder how top level players became SO good? Check this Skill Station out with pro players Bev Yanez, current NWSL Defender of the Year Lauren Barnes and BMS Seattle trainer Othaniel Yanez.

Watch the video above, and below I break each drill down for you!

Auditory Awareness

You’ll need a partner. Lay out your cones similarly to in the photo below; you’ll need your line of cones as well as four others (circled below). The four must be different colors, because your partner will be calling out colors at random. You’ll have to quickly leave your line of cones in the center, stay low, and dribble to the cone corresponding to the color called. Get out to the cone and back to the center as quickly as possible, keeping the ball close and under control.

Dribble S.A.Q. Pass

You’ll need a partner and two lines of eight cones each. One person dribbles through the cones with the ball, practicing whichever footwork he or she needs to. The other player travels in the opposite direction, practicing ladder footwork, sans ball. Once both players reach the ends of their respective lines, the ball is passed and the dribbling resumes on the opposite side. Fast footwork and close control are the keys to this skills station.

Y Drill 2

This one is a little easier to watch than to describe, but you’ll see the cone set up below, and you can watch the example in the video above. The name Y Drill comes from the Y formation of the cones, as shown. Each branch of the Y is a different station. You’ll need a partner to play balls to you at each of the stations (while the partner is not taking such an active role in this one, pass accuracy is key to ensure the drill runs smoothly!) Once Player 1 runs through the Y once, he or she will switch with Player 2.

First Touch Boxes

This drill is “all about receiving on the turn,” explains Copeland-Smith. All you need is a simple cone set up, as shown below, and a partner. The partner outside the box plays a ball in fast (the faster it is, of course, the tougher to keep it under control with a perfect first touch). The receiving player must control the ball on the first touch, turn, and play the ball back out.

All of these drills will help with your ball control, first touch and to strengthen your weak foot, as well as other things!​

How To Improve Your First Touch

So you've got your kill touch down, but you struggle to find space immediately? This is what we call the 'progressive' touch here at Beast Mode Soccer. Check out the drill below with MLS legend James Riley and pro player and long time #teamBMS member Brooke Elby.

In this drill we use five different progressions: Inside of Foot, Outside of Foot, Inside Roll, Poke Around and Shimmy!

Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

THIS is the difference

HI Everyone. I just had to share this email I got from soccer parent Chad Rzewnicki!


I wanted to reach out to you and thank you. My oldest Drake Rzewnicki was just invited to Stoke City National Camp yesterday. He plays U11 for the Des Moines Menace (PDL team organization + academy). He has worked extremely hard to get his skills up to compete at this level. Most of which I have to accredit to the The Soccer Vortex. We have spent hours upon hours working on this stuff. But, I would of never known what to show him without your help. So I thank you again. As far as I know he was 1 of 2 kids at his age group picked from our area in Iowa. The other one that was picked (Drake’s training partner) who also happens to be a Vortex user. I showed his Dad the Vortex last year and he got on board after that. Both of these kids will represent their club and BMS soccer well! They have great attitudes and a tremendous work ethic for only being 10 years old.

The one big thing we will be working on this winter to get ready for the camp is shot power. Right now Drake has a very natural curve with his shots (both right and left) but lacks the power to hit from too far out. All of his coaches have commented on how nice he can hit the natural curve on the ball. But, he lacks the power from the 18 or out. We will get to work on that right away.

Once again thanks for putting this all together!


Chad Rzewnicki

What a great email to wake up to! You can tell that these two players know that Champions Do More! If you haven't checked out The Soccer Vortex yet, take a look HERE

The Best Soccer Drills To Develop Your Skills

The biggest problem that most players faced when training on their own or with their friends is that they just do not know what to work on! Well guess what... We have you covered!

We recently teamed up with our friends at to bring you a full video with one of our four drill Skills Stations. Not only that but we have pro players Beverly Goebel-Yanez and Lauren Barnes, as well as Beast Mode Soccer Seattle Trainer Othaniel Yanez! Check it out here:

As with everything Beast Mode Soccer, your focus should be on clean technique. The great thing about these drills is that you are constantly mentally overloaded, thinking about movements, eye ball coordination, and clean technique.

Grab some teammates, some cones and a ball then head outside to improve TODAY!

This is the first of two Skills Stations that will have for you. The next one will be coming next month!

If you are looking for a complete individual training program, check out The Soccer Vortex... the most comprehensive system on the planet!

How To Juggle in Soccer: The Juggle Ladder

Soccer juggling! I always hear that just because you can juggle does not mean you can play soccer... And it's true... BUT... I have never met a great soccer player that cannot juggle!

We like our players to juggle a tennis ball, skills ball and a regular sized ball as part of our warm up. Sometimes we will also throw in some old UNC routines, and also... The juggle ladder! Check it out below

Juggling a soccer ball helps your first touch, eye ball coordination and balance, just to mention a few things. Aim to juggle for at least 10 minutes a day!

THE Best Way to Become a 1v1 Soccer Master!

At Beast Mode Soccer we are known for producing truly phenomenal 1v1 artists. Players who can absolutely dominate their defenders in 1v1 situations and can just turn the game! There are many, many facets to becoming a true 1v1 artist, but one of them is having the confidence to do moves in a game... And you learn that by doing them in game like situations! Check out the video below, which highlights our favorite 1v1 game, 'Nutmeg Knockout.'

So there you go... One cog in our wheel on how we make 1v1 artists! Give it a go!

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