Youth team

05/24/2019 | Blog

Why players quit your team

It’s that awful time of year when clubs and players discover who is staying and who is leaving – and whether the team has enough players to keep going for the next season. MORE

05/23/2019 | Attacking

Beat the back four

Coach your players how to capitalise on an accurate pass out of midfield with this session that is guaranteed to set up goalscoring opportunities. MORE


03/22/2019 | Rondos

Pressing rondo

If you want to improve your team’s defensive performance, use this activity to teach players when to press and when to hold, so they can control play even if they don’t have possession. MORE

03/8/2019 | Warm Ups

Triangle keep ball

This is a simple 5v2 keep away game made harder by having a triangle in the middle which the two defenders must protect or stay in the middle longer MORE

04/9/2019 | Arrival activity


This arrival activity is great for any age group once players have got into the swing of passing one way and running the other. You can use any number of players and add more as they turn up for training. MORE

arrival activity

04/8/2019 | Arrival activity

Changing direction

As an arrival activity this works because you can add players as they turn up to training. It develops a high level of skill and movement. It is good for technique and uses both feet. MORE

Small-Sided Games

05/22/2019 | Shooting


Shooting from midfield is a great way to get your team to catch the opposition out. Use this session to get players lining up shots. Players can be scared to shoot from distance but this session will make sure they start doing it in matches. MORE

05/15/2019 | Small Sided Games

Promotion or Relegation

Teach your players how to win vital games and how to keep trying until the end. This fun promotion and relegation session involves a lot of different winning scenarios. MORE

05/14/2019 | Small Sided Games

Angle your attack

Teach your team how to score late in the game by throwing more players forward and playing the ball into your attackers from wide positions. MORE

How to coach players to play it out from the back - part 1

05/19/2019 | Practice plans

Play it out from the back

If you want your team to dominate possession by passing the ball out and upfield, starting with the goalkeeper, your players need to show skill, hard work and courage. MORE

How to coach keepers to use their feet - part 1

05/12/2019 | Practice plans

Use your feet keeper

Modern goalkeepers are as comfortable controlling the ball with their feet as they are with their hands. Having this ability allows them to help their team retain possession after they receive a back pass. MORE

05/21/2019 |

End of season checklist – 25 jobs to do

When the season comes to an end, a coach has more things to do than just say farewell to his players. Take note of my 25-point checklist before you break up for the close season MORE

05/20/2019 | Defending

Defender takes control

If you want your defence tight you’ll need to coach your players to force opponents wide leaving attackers unable to dribble into area MORE

05/9/2019 | Small Sided Games

Solid As A Rock

Run this training session if you want your players to be as rock solid in defence when facing up to a counterattacking threat in a final game MORE

05/8/2019 | Attacking

Create The Unexpected

When your team is a the final underdogs, your best chance of success is to catch your opponents by surprise with some unexpected midfield creativity. MORE


Do your players understand each other?

A number of things caught my attention this week. One of them was a podcast that included an ex-player talking about playing in key games when the crowd was so loud the players had trouble communicating on the pitch, meaning they often got confused when making runs and supporting play. The team had to use a crude form of sign language to help them cope with the problem. MORE


Tips for promotion or relegation

Promotion and relegation bring problems. How are you going to fare in a division above that contains teams that will give your youngsters a thrashing? On the other hand being relegated could mean going to a league in which your team wins every week. Here are my tips for surviving the end of season shake up MORE

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