The waves crash. The kids play in the surf with their friends. The sun beams down on you, but the gentle breeze and a cold drink cool you down. Just one thing is missing – a good book.
Thankfully, the beach season is set to start in only a few weeks. We at Soccer Drills App cannot help with much of your beach planning but we’ve got you covered for that good book. Listed below are several books that we have either read, or that trusted friends have recommended to us in recent years. Some of the listed books are also appropriate for your children to read. In addition to these books, a(n) (auto)biography will also usually prove to be a good read.
The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. The definition for “association football” is “soccer.” The word ‘soccer’ was somehow – I don’t know how you’ll have to ask the late 19th Century Brits about that – derived from the word “association.” So when Manchester United and Crystal Palace meet on Saturday, May 21, they will be partaking in the following:
- High-stakes soccer: the winner of the cup earns a trip to one of next season’s European tournaments. Although Manchester United has already earned a trip to UEFA Europa League by finishing 5th in the Premier League, the underdog Crystal Palace is still fighting for a chance to play in Europe
- Tradition: the FA Cup dates back to the 1871-1872 season
- Chance for Records: Manchester United will tie Arsenal for most appearances in the FA Cup final (19) and with a win would also tie Arsenal’s record of FA Cup final wins (12).
- Chance for Revenge: Crystal Palace appeared the FA Cup final one other time (1989-1990 season) and lost to Manchester United. The 1st game finished 3-3 and the rematch – these days we would see penalty kicks if the game was tied after extra time – went United’s way by the score of 1-0.
These factors definitely fit our criteria for picking a game to watch with your kids and sparking their interest in soccer. In the meantime, here are some links to get you a bit more excited for the game that kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Drill 1 – Beginner Juggling – 5 minutes
Players stand in a big circle, holding the soccer balls in their hands
- From chest-high
- Drop the ball and hit it back up into your hands using your thigh
- Keep an eye on the ball and watch as your thigh hits it
- HINT: Your thigh hits the ball, not the other way around. You control where the ball goes
- Repeat several times, then,
- Drop the ball and hit it with one thigh, then the other thigh, and then catch it with your hands
- Keep an eye on the ball and watch your one thigh, and then the other thigh, hits the ball
- Repeat several times, then,
- Drop the ball and see how many times a player can hit the ball with the thighs without the ball hitting the ground, then,
- Drop the ball and kick it with your foot back up into your hands
- Again, keep an eye on the ball and watch as your foot kicks the ball back up
- Do not drop the ball and try to kick at the same time (many players do this), but wait for it to drop close to your foot before kicking it back up
- Repeat several times, then
- Drop the ball and kick it with one foot, then the other foot, and then catch it with your hands
- Watch the ball get kicked with one foot and then the other foot, then,
- Drop the ball and see how many times a player can hit the ball with the feet without the ball hitting the ground, then,
- Drop the ball and see how many times a player can hit the ball with either the thighs or the feet without the ball hitting the ground
- Give the players several tries and ask them to remember their high score
- This is the score they will try to beat when they juggle from now on