06/13/2019 | Attacking

Four corners

Great session for movement and combination play in the final third. Also has 1v1 against the attacker and shots on goal. MORE

06/11/2019 | Blog

He won’t pass the ball!

I had a question this week on my AskDave advice line which wanted to know why his team could pass their way into the final third of the pitch but play broke down once they got there. 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

05/27/2019 | Arrival activities

Passing pairs

Straight from the Fulham Academy training ground, this arrival activity will help develop your team’s ability to use both feet and to pass accurately. MORE

Small-Sided Games

06/7/2019 | Attacking

Organise defence to counter

A strong defence is a great foundation to launch counter attacks. In Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team the strong tackling defensive set up wins the ball and wins games by capitalising on counter attacking. MORE

06/3/2019 | Goalkeeping

Goalie wars

When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack. This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots. MORE

How to coach last hero action drill - part 1

06/15/2019 | Practice plans

Last action hero

All players want to score the winning goal or at least make a skilful run to set up the winner. The key is to have a sound ability in basic techniques. This session puts together a range of techniques in a fun, all-action skills circuit. MORE

How to coach your team to play out from the back - part 1

06/9/2019 | Practice plans

Playing out from the back

One of the most attractive and effective ways of scoring goals is to use the entire team by playing the ball out from the back. From the goalkeeper, through the defence and midfield, to a forward who can finish the move. MORE

How to coach lofted pass drills- part 1

06/8/2019 | Practice plans

The lofted pass

An accurate, well-weighted, lofted pass will allow your team to exploit space behind the opponent’s midfield or defence. This does not mean simply hoofing the ball upfield. 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


Alex Morgan: don’t specialise too early

I’m always being asked should parents allow their kids to play other sports or is diluting their time spent on soccer detrimental to their chances of becoming a good player and winning sports scholarships? Alex Morgan played lots of sports... MORE


Dealing with long ball tactics

Watching England v Scotland in the Women's World Cup this week I was interested to see that Scotland tried to combat England's impressive midfield with long balls to the lone striker Erin Cuthbert. MORE


10 things to work on in training

For a possession-based game players need to be competent with ball control and decision making. Poor first touch or taking the wrong decision to dribble or pass will result in losing the ball. MORE

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