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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. As well as being a skilled journalist and editor, Dave has excellent coaching credentials, having coached U9s - U16s at grassroots level for over 20 years. He holds a UEFA B license and is qualified in FA Youth Award modules 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Coerver Youth Diploma Module.

Sessions by Dave Clarke

Locomotion

in Passing, Warm Ups

An easily organised warm up suitable for all ages and abilities that will improve communication, passing awareness and decision-making. MORE

reading the back line

Stop the attack

in Defending, Warm Ups

Get defenders to play like Vincent Kompany, whose clever positioning in seemingly irretrievable situations often leads to attacks breaking down. MORE

Communicate on the pitch

in Email newsletters, Tips and advice

The best teams communicate on the pitch. Players encourage one another, call for the ball, organise the defence and look around them to see who is open to the pass.  Communication is the key to making your team more successful. Here are four ways to help your players communicate better. Start by giving your players... MORE

pressing in midfield

Defending in midfield

in Defending, Tactics

Use this game to teach your players to be strong midfielders who can win the battles in midfield and get the ball into attackers, stopping the opposition in their tracks and hitting teams quickly on the break. MORE

A fantastic coaching bonanza

in Email newsletters, Soccer drills and skills

It is that time of year when coaches of all nationalities are drawn to the United States to gather together at the largest soccer convention in the world. And, yes, I will be in Chicago because this an unmissable event. I love to see all the coaches that I have come to know through SoccerCoachWeekly.net... MORE

My New Year resolutions

in Blog, Tips and advice

I’ve got 14 things to think about in the new year – consider these points and see if you can work some of the principles into your everyday coaching. If you can, you’ll be a better coach because of it, I promise you. 1. Listen to your players Your players will always tell you if... MORE

Dribbling gates

in Soccer drills and skills, Warm Ups

I was asked at training last week: “How do you warm a striker up?” The answer has to be: “The same as everyone else.” A striker has to control, pass and run with the ball. They will not be shooting the whole time, indeed they may only shoot once or twice in a game. I... MORE

Press to win the ball

Do it yourself

in Defending, Tactics

This session helps you coach players to understand that they have to stay close and not let opponents get free or they will give the game away. MORE

Create goals

Create in possession

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session improves attacking players in key skill areas – namely in pre-movement (dynamic and elusive), penetration (with and without the ball), link-up play, plus the ability to focus on positive outcome MORE

Press teams

Double Dare

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

Use this session to teach players the value of hard working midfielders. They can disrupt even the best passing teams by working in pairs to block any moves through midfield. Why use it Working in pairs in midfield or attack is an ideal way to disrupt passing teams by positioning and support play. Anticipation is... MORE

React in possession

in Email newsletters, Tactics

I coach my team to attack the opponent non-stop when they have the ball, when they lose it and when the opposition have it – defending is our first offensive action. What I try to get across in my coaching session is every player being an attacker and every player being a defender. MORE

Ray Winstone FA Respect video

Hey coach! what are you doing?

in Blog, Tips and advice

I know that most coaches have children who play soccer for other teams, as well as children who play for their own teams, and this can put them in a position to judge the coaching of others. I have had this conversation on many occasions: “What do you do when you see a coach doing the wrong thing on match day? Do you intervene?” MORE


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