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12/11/2019 | Blog

A new player wants to join the team…

I have two players who recently came through our development squad who feel they are ready to join my team 6 months ahead of plan. It is a tricky decision as it adds to the pressure on match days when the number of subs would obviously increase. MORE

Arrival activities


07/30/2019 | Warm Ups

Fast feet

A warm-up that will teach your players practise dribbling the ball with two feet and help them to learn how to change direction quickly MORE

07/25/2019 | Warm Ups

Diamonds sharpen skills

This session sharpens an array of soccer skills at the beginning of a season when players need to get their bodies back into balance and refresh their technique on the ball. This is a great session to use for sharpening awareness and coordination. MORE

07/17/2019 | Warm Ups

Bounce and go

A simple warm-up to get your players thinking about speed – both when running without the ball and when dribbling with the ball. MORE


09/10/2019 | Email newsletters

Stop match day mayhem

It was the first matches of the season in youth leagues up and down the country in the UK this week and it has been interesting to see the different reactions from the coaches I know. Most have been excited but some have been back to the “same old thing” with players turning up late and not being ready to play a match. MORE

08/14/2019 | Rondos

Simple rondo

This is a great session to warm up your players through a high intensity possession-based skills practice, with players developing the technical aspects of their game that can be used in high-pressure match scenarios. MORE


09/26/2019 | Email newsletters

Get sleepy heads ready to play

Warm ups or arrival activities are the best way to get fuzzy minds focused on the game ahead. Afterall you don't want to be 3-0 down after 10 minutes before they wake up and react to the fact they are playing a game. MORE

06/21/2019 | Warm Ups

Foot soldiers

This simple unopposed warm-up is easy to set up and is perfect to get players in the mood for training or to get their feet moving before a match 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


11/28/2019 | Defending

Changing of the guard

Reacting to quick transitions is key to this session, as is holding onto the ball under pressure. This includes using clever play to shield the ball and get passes away. MORE

11/27/2019 | Ball Control and Footwork

Technical development

Every young player in your team needs to feel comfortable to have the ball at his feet all the time - especially in tight areas of the pitch. The final part gives ownership of the session to the players. MORE

11/24/2019 | Passing

Score in every direction

This training session is all about the ability to control the ball by passing in tight areas, taking advantage of moments of transition, and being coordinated to change the direction and angle of attack. MORE


How to coach a stall and turn - part 1

12/13/2019 | Practice plans

Stall the turn

Defenders can reduce the threat on their goal by keeping the other team’s forwards facing the opposite direction and moving them away from the penalty area. Use this session to enhance your defenders’ skills at closing down attackers and clearing the danger without necessarily making a tackle. MORE

How to coach rugby football drills- part1

12/13/2019 | Practice plans

Rugby football

Despite the many differences between football and rugby, there are principles of rugby which can be used on the football pitch. This session does not allow any forward passing – the same as in rugby – and allows your players to work on using supporting players and using solo dribbling skills. MORE

How to coach winning mentality drills- part 1

12/6/2019 | Practice plans

A winning mentality

Instilling a winning mentality in your team can result in a positive outcome on your results. Doing this can help players win their 1v1 duels. The practices in this coaching plan encourage both good defending, attacking and concentration skills. MORE


12/9/2019 | Set pieces

Brazil nuts

This was inspired by the Brazil national team. It needs space for the move to work, so think about it when your players are awarded a free-kick some 25-30 yards from goal MORE

12/5/2019 | Defending

Running backs

This session will help school your players in defending against the many difficult situations that arise from opponents launching long balls down the pitch. MORE

11/4/2019 | Tactics

Offside: decoy vehicles

All players need to know how to beat the offside trap and how to stay onside, particularly forwards and midfielders. This session will help them learn how to do it. MORE

11/3/2019 | Tactics

Offside: static defence

Sometimes it’s hard to explain the basics of the offside rule to children, so this training session helps them to learn by showing it to them in action. MORE


12/10/2019

Start scoring more goals!

It can be a frustration when your players take their chances in training, but fail to do so when they play a match. To help mitigate this problem, I am always using sessions to help all my players to score goals, so if one player is off colour in a match there is always another one to score the goals. MORE

Youth team

12/5/2019

Generate a hunger for the ball

A couple of weeks ago I was on a course discussing what got youth players thinking during a game and how they could react to that. If their team has the ball what should they be thinking about and if they have lost the ball how should they react. MORE

12/3/2019

How to defend counter attacks

It is all well and good if you have a goalkeeper who is confident enough to clear counter attacks or long balls over the defence – but that is a rare quality in the youth game. You have to put in plans to stop this kind of attack. MORE

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