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Who pulls the strings?

in Email newsletters, Midfield

When you construct your team often the missing player is the midfielder orchestrator; the one player who pulls the strings, who has great vision, who works between the lines and who can unlock the most stubborn of defences. MORE

Score goals from every position

in Email newsletters, Shooting

During the pandemic break I've been watching a lot of replays of games, finals, tournaments and what is clear to me is that the scorers of important goals are not always strikers. The goals in these games come from all over the pitch – apart from the goalkeeper! MORE

Late runs into the box

in Email newsletters, Tactics

Getting players to time their runs into the penalty area should be a key part of your attacking strategy when you are working with your team. If you are planning what you are going to do when you get back on the training pitch this should be in your plans. It catches opponents out –... MORE

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

PSG Katarzyna Kiedrzynek

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


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