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I use Rondos every session

in Email newsletters, Rondos

When I am planning my coaching sessions or thinking about warm ups before a match I always start by planning in a Rondo. It is a great way to get players ready for training or for a match – and they never complain about doing it because they love it. MORE

The fast way to score goals

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Attacking and counter attacking at speed is all about the players on your team being aware of what is happening around them and communicating between themselves so they all move at speed into the right areas at the right time. MORE

Scoring from crosses

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Scoring from crosses is a sure fire way of making sure the ball hits the back of the net – crosses from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so making sure you include sessions on scoring from crosses in your training schedule is vital to the success of your team. MORE

The manager is only giving the subs 10-15 minutes – is this acceptable?

Solve your subs dilemmas

in Email newsletters, Team Management

Who is going to be substitute? It is a problem that affects every single coach or manager in the game at every level. How often do we see on our TV screens close ups of a Premier League player looking unhappy sitting on the bench with a whole studio of experts dumbfounded as to why he is on it. MORE

Attackers press in transition

in Email newsletters, Tactics

When it comes to winning the ball back attackers, who are mainly there to score goals, are as central to the plan as any defensive player on the pitch. It is their job to win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible, gaining possession in dangerous areas where the opposition are most vulnerable. MORE

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Solve your goalkeeper problems

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

The goalkeeper is often the player that is the most neglected when it comes to training nights yet is one of the most important players on the pitch. Certainly at lots of clubs players take turns to play in goal – I have no problem with that but if that is the case you need to make sure the players have the basics covered. MORE

Why you should practice set-pieces

in Email newsletters, Set pieces

It is important that players are prepared for all the set-pieces in a game as these can become troublesome areas for young players to cope with. After all these moments happen a lot in matches and players must grow their confidence in dealing with them. MORE

Ask Dave - Low numbers at training

The importance of the magic man

in Attacking, Email newsletters

When you play training games with your team if you have an odd number of players it is always a good idea to play a 'magic man'. This is a position of great responsibility because this player can catch the opposition out during transition or can be the player who creates goal scoring chances because he/she is less likely to be marked when the ball is transferred. MORE

Winning back possession

in Defending, Email newsletters

It may sound like I am being negative suggesting ways to stop teams passing but study any of the successful teams around the world and you will see the hard work that goes into stopping teams passing through or around midfields and defences. MORE


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