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Research Reviews

How Small-Sided and Conditioned Games Enhance Acquisition of Movement and Decision-Making Skills

Keith Davids, Duarte Araújo, Vanda Correia, and Luis Vilar

The Big Idea 

For this research reviewer, who is also an ex-youth soccer coach, occasionally there are uncomfortable moments arising from summarizing research papers for our PDP coaches and readers.  This is one of those moments.  You see, this paper essentially points out to modern youth football coaches the crucial differences between coaching the practice and coaching the game.

We confess to this:  Our personal coaching history is testimony to the weaknesses of traditional coaching practices.  They were something to see, these practices were. ...

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