INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, providing thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching.

Sessions by Dave Clarke

Play back time

in Attacking, Tactics

Try using this training game to encourage your team to build up patiently until an opportunity for a lightning fast attack presents itself. Players learn to work the ball from the back four to the front players. MORE

Intense in transition

in Email newsletters, Tactics

Moments of transition and how players react to them are vital to having a successful team. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho thinks reactions to transitions are the most important part of the game. He coached his teams to react quickly to winning and losing the ball which led to them dominating games MORE

The best attacking system

in Email newsletters, Formations

The 4-3-3 is a great system to study if you are looking for a system of play for your team. No matter the age or the numbers of players involved the principles are the same. Good width, good support play, and fantastic attacking moves. MORE

Attack in numbers

in Attacking

The objective of this game is to practise attacking and defending skills in a variety of different situations – for instance, 2v1s, 3v2s, 4v1s, and so on. MORE

The finishing touch

in Email newsletters, Shooting

My Under 9s team won a match that when you look at the result it seemed like a big win but that didn’t tell the story of the game. Both teams played well and had some great combination play but my team had an end product which unfortunately the visitors didn’t. MORE

Sessions with purpose

in Blog, Tips and advice

One of the first things we must do as coaches is to make sure the environment we work in allows young players to be creative and not to worry about making mistakes if they try to do something different. MORE

Pass or dribble

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session is designed to help coaches look at the decision-making of the players. Can they take on the defender 1v1? Or is the right decision to keep possession by passing to a team-mate? MORE

But who got the assist?

in Attacking, Email newsletters

It brought it home to me last Saturday when one of my Under 9s had played a fantastic match creating three goals and generally running the game... "but I didn't score!" he said with a face fighting back the tears. Kids don't appreciate the importance of an assist. MORE

Passing places

in Attacking, Passing

Clever passing game with overloads and lots of chances to score points. Vital for players to create and use space in this tight area. Helps players to look around and see where the best pass it to make use of the overloads and floating player. MORE

The social club

in Psychology, Team Management

I was in China last week and one thing I noticed was that everyone was on their mobile phone! It made me realize that sports clubs are one of the few remaining areas where kids get face to face contact and interaction with each other. MORE

Playing out

in Defending, Tactics

One of the great sights in soccer is watching a Brazilian centre-back storm out of defence into the opposition half with midfielders and attackers fanning out in front of them, creating chaos in the opposition defence. This session will get young players doing the same. MORE

Winging it

in Attacking, Tactics

This session gets young fullbacks to recognise opportunities to advance down the wing and cross the ball into the attackers, adding numbers and pressure in the final third of the pitch. MORE

Tactics and formations

How to choose a formation

in Email newsletters, Formations

What kind of shape does your team have on match day? Getting players to fit a formation can be a tricky business especially at the younger age groups, it's all about getting the players to understand how the formation works and their role in it. MORE

Making risk assessments

in Blog, Tips and advice

I had a very interesting chat with a group of coaches last week, discussing risk taking in the final third of the pitch and how to get young players to try different skills, taking risks that can open up defences. MORE


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