Johan Cruyff quote for February 6th, 2017

One of the all time masters of soccer, his wisdom for young soccer players is so valuable.  “Our philosophy was actually very simple, and remains so today. There’s a ball, and either you’ve got it or they’ve got it. If you’ve got it, they can’t score. If you use the ball well, the chance of a good outcome is greater than the chance of a bad one. This shifts the focus to quality and technique, whereas before it was all about effort and hard work.”

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Quote for the day from Ruud Gullit, February 6, 2017

Dutch superstar footballer/soccer player, manager of Chelsea as some great thoughts on the game we can all learn from.  “Whether a player is in top form or not isn’t  something you can judge from his expression or attitude, or body language.  Is his first touch good or bad? Is he offering to take the ball? Is he hesitating on what to do next? Is he prepared to play the ball forward or is he avoiding taking risks? Does he need to touch the ball a second time to place it where he wants it, or does he receive,  play and move on? Players who aren’t really involved in the game become increasingly insecure  and tend to lose the ball unnecessarily or just avoid contact.

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Autumn Soccertoons sessions conclude with fun and the throw in technique

Dribblers ages 5-6 gather together for a group pix with superb coaches.
Dribblers ages 5-6 gather together for a group pix with superb coaches.
#1 Dribblers in Portland
#1 Dribblers in Portland
6 year olds learn the art of the throw in today
6 year olds learn the art of the throw in today
thumbs together on the throw in
thumbs together on the throw in
thumbs together, thumbs touch the back of your neck and let her fly
thumbs together, thumbs touch the back of your neck and let her fly
Throw in's were improving after every attempt
Throw in’s were improving after every attempt
Bend your back like a banana was our rallying cry on throw ins
Bend your back like a banana was our rallying cry on throw ins
Kickers assemble for group photo ages 7-8 with awesome coaches
Kickers assemble for group photo ages 7-8 with awesome coaches
coach rallys his team to make the team chain
coach rallys his team to make the team chain
Team having loads of fun doing the team chain dance
Team having loads of fun doing the team chain dance
This team has it together with the cha cha cha team dance
This team has it together with the cha cha cha team dance
coach lines up his charges
coach lines up his charges
coach tries to keep up with his young energetic team
coach tries to keep up with his young energetic team
they are starting work together
they are starting work together
Coach leads his team in the line dance
Coach leads his team in the line dance
Hands in the pockets no problem for this player executing the wickett attack
Hands in the pockets no problem for this player executing the wickett attack
How determined is this young lady?
How determined is this young lady?
Taking off like lightning
Taking off like lightning
Beating that wiley wickett
Beating that wiley wickett
Portland U-12 Girls pose with coach after a satisfying draw with East Hampton.
Portland U-12 Girls pose with coach after a satisfying draw with East Hampton.

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Wesleyan Women’s Soccer ECAC Champions 1994 Hall of Fame induction at WES’

94' Wesleyan Womens soccer team cheers on the 2016 WES team Oct. 22, 2016
94′ Wesleyan Womens soccer team cheers on the 2016 WES team Oct. 22, 2016
Half time of the Wesleyan Soccer game the 94' is recognized by fans and teams with coaches Vagell and LaPorte
Half time of the Wesleyan Soccer game the 94′ is recognized by fans and teams with coaches Vagell and LaPorte
Stephanie super winger from the 94' team, seems like yesterday when we won the championship.
Stephanie super winger from the 94′ team, seems like yesterday when we won the championship.
Superb centermidfielder Jodie was the creater in the middle
Superb centermidfielder Jodie was the creater in the middle
Centermids Lindsay and Jodie put on uniforms of the past and they look like it was 94' all over again
Centermids Lindsay and Jodie put on uniforms of the past and they look like it was 94′ all over again
Players gather on campus for the ceremony at Wesleyan
Players gather on campus for the ceremony at Wesleyan
Team gets together at a home to reminice
Team gets together at a home to reminice
Captains Rachel and Liz, with defender Laura share dinner at a local restaurant to share memories
Captains Rachel and Liz, with defender Laura share dinner at a local restaurant to share memories
94' team is at ceremony on the campus to be inducted into the hall of fame. What a team!
94′ team is at ceremony on the campus to be inducted into the hall of fame. What a team!
Autographed ball of the all time greatest womens soccer team at Wesleyan
Autographed ball of the all time greatest womens soccer team at Wesleyan
Half time of the Wesleyan Soccer game the 94' is recognized by fans and teams with coaches Vagell and LaPorte
Half time of the Wesleyan Soccer game the 94′ is recognized by fans and teams with coaches Vagell and LaPorte

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Oct. 15th Soccertoons with Portland Soccer Club morning session U-8,7,6, and 5, 4’s

Tentatively dribbling forward in a 1v1 activity
Tentatively dribbling forward in a 1v1 activity
U-7's work the wicketts with their super coach
U-7’s work the wicketts with their super coach
My assistant guids Big Bruce the monster ball through the maze as Pre K players attempt to hit Bruce with shots.
My assistant guids Big Bruce the monster ball through the maze as Pre K players attempt to hit Bruce with shots.
Big Bruce takes a beating but keeps coming back for more against the Pre K shooters
Big Bruce takes a beating but keeps coming back for more against the Pre K shooters
My excellent assistant trainer who has done footskills with me for two years and now is a trainer, a great role model for younger players
My excellent assistant trainer who has done footskills with me for two years and now is a trainer, a great role model for younger players
Big brother holds the hula hoop for little sister to pass the ball through the hoop, she is not appear to be too sure of this activity.
Big brother holds the hula hoop for little sister to pass the ball through the hoop, she is not appear to be too sure of this activity.
Another Pre K player passes the ball through the moving hula hoop as his mum holds the hoop steady
Another Pre K player passes the ball through the moving hula hoop as his mum holds the hoop steady
A patient dad holds the hoop steady for his child to pass through and crawl through
A patient dad holds the hoop steady for his child to pass through and crawl through
Dad guides his child through the hula hoop dribbling fun
Dad guides his child through the hula hoop dribbling fun
Dribbling the ball within the hula hoop is not easy but does teach fine control of the coconut.
Dribbling the ball within the hula hoop is not easy but does teach fine control of the coconut.
Big brother once again advises his little sister how to dribble within a hula hoop.
Big brother once again advises his little sister how to dribble within a hula hoop.
Another assistant trainer demonstrates how to dribble the ball within the hula hoop. She is a great role model for younger players.
Another assistant trainer demonstrates how to dribble the ball within the hula hoop. She is a great role model for younger players.
Young trainer demonstrates the hula hoop control dribbling
Young trainer demonstrates the hula hoop control dribbling
Some of my ex students of Soccertoons who helped out today.
Some of my ex students of Soccertoons who helped out today.
Little super star who helps out training younger players
Little super star who helps out training younger players
A little post practice gymnastic fun.
A little post practice gymnastic fun.

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