Keys to Successfully Coaching Youth Soccer, By Trevor Adair

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Coaching youth soccer players is an excellent way to give back to your community and help children form healthy habits that can last a lifetime. To ensure that your coaching experience will be pleasant for you and your team, follow these tips for successful youth coaching.

• Focus on having fun and building soccer skills. The younger the players are, the more important it is for a coach to emphasize the “fun” aspect of sports. Without developing a love for the game, many children will inclined to quit and, thus, not reap the benefits of being part of a team.
• Conduct age-appropriate practices. Younger kids need basic skill development conducted during shorter practice times. Older kids benefit from more intense, lengthier sessions.
• Set a positive example. By demonstrating the benefits of sportsmanship, teamwork, and learning from one’s mistakes, you will teach your team valuable lessons not only for sports, but also for their entire lives.

About Trevor Adair

As assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Trevor Adair strives to provide leadership to his team both on and off the field. Adair has coached soccer at the collegiate level for more than 30 years. In addition, Trevor Adair has provided 27 years of dedicated service to United States Youth Soccer Association.


The Establishment of the Irish Football Association, By Trevor Adair

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Considered by many to be one of the world’s most important soccer organizations, the Irish Football Association (IFA) was established on November 18, 1880, in Belfast, Ireland. As the game’s fourth oldest governing body, the Irish Football Association brought together clubs and leagues from Belfast and other areas of the country with the goal of developing a uniform set of rules and a constitution. By the end of the century, the IFA joined the International Football Board and eventually brought such innovations as the spot-kick and the offside foul to the game. These changes would soon be adopted by soccer governing bodies around the world.

Today, the Irish Football Association oversees games played by Ireland’s approximately 960 registered men’s and women’s teams, representing more than 25,000 players. The IFA engages in charity relations and encourages youth participation in the sport.

About the Author:
Trevor Adair has dedicated his professional life to coaching soccer. Adair currently serves as an Assistant Coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

2012 Olympic Games

The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in London and will feature a number of sports that surge in popularity during the Games, including cycling, rowing, and soccer. The soccer, or football as it is called in Europe, portion of the Olympics will take place July 25 through August 11 at six stadiums across the London area. Made up of 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams, the international tournament will feature 288 men and 216 women. Although there are no age restrictions on the women’s team, men’s teams must consist primarily of men under age 23, although each team may include three older players.

Men’s soccer first became part of the Olympics during the Paris Games in 1900 and has remained a popular event throughout Olympic history. Interestingly, the International Olympic Committee only recently added women’s teams to the tournament, implementing a women’s Olympic soccer division at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

About the Author:

A seasoned Division I collegiate soccer coach, Trevor Adair has served as the Assistant Coach of Old Dominion University’s men’s soccer program since 2010. Previously, Trevor Adair coached at Clemson University, Brown University, and the University of South Carolina.

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Trevor Adair Discusses Old Dominion University

Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University provides an education to more than 20,000 students every year. Originally a division of The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University gained full independence in 1969. Over the past 40 years, it has garnered accolades from Entrepreneur magazine, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report for its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate students can major in many subjects in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The school offers Bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, criminal justice, history, education, information technology, and a myriad of other topics. Those wanting a Master’s degree or a Doctor of Philosophy can enroll in graduate programs at one of Old Dominion University’s six schools, including the College of Arts and Letters, the Darden College of Education, and the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Many of these schools also provide continuing education programs for a variety of fields.

About the Author:

For more than two decades, Trevor Adair has coached soccer teams at universities across America. Over the past two years, he has performed as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Old Dominion University, an NCAA Division I school.

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