We’ve compiled a list of some of the most important soccer games to watch this upcoming week. It’s important for player development to watch games at every level, plus these these games can inspire you to improve your skills and understanding of soccer. Plus, it’s fun!
When watching games, here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
- Don’t only look at the ball or the player in possession. Watch how hard players work without the ball when defending and attacking.
- The technical ability of players – their ball control, first touch, dribbling, and passing abilities. Are they confident and comfortable when under pressure from defenders? Or do they lose the ball, or kick it out of bounds?
- The spacing of teammates when defending together and attacking together. Do players stay close together when defending? In attack, are teammates making runs or providing passing angles?
- Speed of thought of individual players – do they know their next decision before they receive the ball? Can they anticipate what the opponent will try to do? Or do they take too much time to make decisions?
NCAA Men’s Soccer
Sat 9/21 @ 7pm – Temple v. Penn
Exciting night game in the city between two Philly Soccer Six members
Sat 9/21 @ 11am – West Chester University v. Lock Haven
Coach Mike’s West Chester Rams meet Lock Haven in a PSAC Conference battle
NCAA Women’s Soccer
Sun 9/22 @ 1pm – Villanova v. Brown University
Nova’s ladies host a strong Brown team representing the Ivy League
Boys High School
Tue 9/24 – Unionville v. Downingtown West
Unionville, ranked #3 in PA District One, faces #21 Downingtown West in a tricky Ches-Mont conference match
Girls High School
Tue 9/24 – Conestoga v Ridley
#3 ranked Conestoga risk their undefeated record against #12 Ridley
Sun 9/22 @ 11:30am – Chelsea v. Liverpool
Watch for USA star Christian Pulisic. Chelsea faces a difficult challenge in European champions Liverpool in the English Premier League
Sun 9/22 @ 6:30pm – New York RB v. Philadelphia Union
Watch the Union as they push for 1st place in the Eastern Conference against the Red Bulls