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Soccer tryouts are often held for select and travel soccer players ages 10 and older, and are sometimes held by recreational soccer leagues to evaluate players so teams can be balanced.
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The Premium version of this article has links to the referenced SoccerHelp Premium Practice Games, to the "Soccer Tryouts Evaluation Form For Select Soccer and Travel Soccer" and to other Premium material referenced.
Letter From Girls U-14 Select Coach, North Carolina, USA
We are at the "challenge" level in NC which is a select team, but still places emphasis on development. I will be having a tryout at the U-15 girl's level after the spring season and would like to come up with some drills/soccer games along with an objective scorecard to judge individual girl's abilities. Have you come across any thing like that?
U14 Girls Challenge
North Carolina, USA
Much of Soccerhelp is for Rec Coaches, but a lot of Travel coaches are members and we even have 2 members (that we know of) who are coaches of youth teams associated with English professional teams. We have added a new section to Premium titled "Soccer Tryouts Evaluation Form For Select Soccer and Travel Soccer".
As for soccer games that will help you evaluate abilities and potential, there are many SoccerHelp Practice Games that you can use that will tell you a lot about the players. The advantage of using SoccerHelp Practice Games instead of drills is that the games involve competition and pressure, so they give you a better idea of how a player will perform under pressure in "match conditions" and at "game speed".
Try these Premium Practice Games:
- "2 Team Keep Away" (will show you how well players can transition and who is good at maintaining possession, leadership on the field, teamwork and winning the ball)
- "Dribble Across A Square" (dribbling, shielding, speeding up when out of traffic and turning)
- "Small Sided Scrimmage Without A Goalie" (everything except goalkeeping, but especially natural positions and who is a good, tough defender). See 3.C. at "23 of the Best SoccerHelp Tips and Tactics", for more about how to use this game to evaluate players.
- "Chip Shots/Brave Defenders" (who is a brave defender and who can chip the ball)
- "Dribble Past Defenders No. 2" (1 v 1 attacking and defending)
- "3 Man Direct Attacking Game" (Who has natural attacking skills, desire to finish, speed to run onto a crossed ball, finishing skill and ability to make a good cross. Also, who is coachable.)
- "Dribble & Tag Reverse" (dribbling, shielding and tackling)
- "Corner Kick Simulation" (desire to score, natural instincts in the Penalty Box, aggressiveness and heading)
Also, on Premium, read No. 3 at "23 Of The Best SoccerHelp Tips & Tactics". This has ideas for evaluating players and 6 critical things to look for. It also describes qualities to look for in Tryouts. Do you want to select players who have the best current skills, or the most potential to help the team? Skills can be taught, but speed and aggressive play are tougher to teach.
We suggest you structure your tryouts so you can evaluate the following:
- Speed: Speed is important at high levels of play. You can teach skills and improve speed, but natural speed is an advantage.
- Aggressiveness: Also important. A player who can't win the ball is at a disadvantage.
- "Strength on the Ball": This is different from physical strength. It is the ability to retain the ball when under pressure. It has to do with skill, positioning and physical strength. "2 Team Keep Away" can help evaluate this.
- The Ability to Play Quickly: Better teams will play faster and the ball handler will quickly be pressured. Look for players who can play fast by making quick, correct decisions under pressure.
- Passing to Open Space and Movement off the Ball: Being able to pass to open space (instead of just passing to feet), anticipating passes to open space and "movement off the ball" are critical at higher levels. Players who can play this way have an advantage over those who can't. It is a way of thinking, as opposed to "passing to feet". Playing this way allows a team to have a much faster, more fluid and more creative attack. The Premium "Pass to Space, Run With Ball and Shoot Game", "2 Team Keep Away", and "3 Man Direct Attacking Game" can help teach passing to open space and movement off the ball.
Please let us know if these games or ideas on Premium are helpful. Try the "Dribble Across A Square" game at practice. I promise it will help a lot and it is a good warm-up. Also, "2 Team Keepaway" is great for teaching fast transitions.
See "Soccer Tryouts Evaluation Form For Select Soccer and Travel Soccer" in Premium for more ideas and related topics.
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