Acknowledging the need for teenage players to spend practice time working on passing and receiving under pressure is important, but focusing on tactical issues presented during game-time situations will better serve the athletes in their development as elite players. To see a drastic improvement in players, coaches should focus on three areas: establishing rhythm, using the ball as a decoy and combination play. Gary R. Allen recognized this need for enhanced training after two weeks of watching and observing the U-17 and U-20 National Teams train and play against one another. As he begins to skim the surface and offer his perspective of how to coach American teenage boys.
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