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Pre-season prep

in Email newsletters, Pre-season

Over the holiday period you want to be playing games and keeping your players aware of the techniques and tactics you will want to use during pre-season and be ready when the season starts. MORE

Team building: run player trials

in Email newsletters, Pre-season

It is always at the back of your mind over the holiday period – especially when moving from different stages 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 – will I have enough players and will they all be able to cope with the different numbers. So it is good practice to plan soccer trials and work out how many players you want for next season. MORE

Create a number 10

in Attacking, Email newsletters, Tactics

A number 10 has to be comfortable with the ball at his feet and is able to beat his marker with a piece of individual skill. In addition to scoring himself or fashioning chances for team-mates, this kind of forward helps to keep possession of the ball by shielding it and dribbling it away from defenders. MORE

How to develop individuals

in Email newsletters, Small Sided Games

Using questions and giving challenges is an important part of your coaching style and can have an impact on player learning and understanding of your coaching sessions. When you use questions make sure you don’t immediately tell the answer or if it is a question to the group don’t always pick the player who puts... MORE

What every youth team needs…

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

Goalkeepers have become such a focal point on the game that it is important you don't neglect their training. I've got goalkeeper coaches at my club but I often work extra sessions with them to get them up to speed on the tactics I will be using during matches. MORE

Do your players understand each other?

in Email newsletters, Tips and advice

A number of things caught my attention this week. One of them was a podcast that included an ex-player talking about playing in key games when the crowd was so loud the players had trouble communicating on the pitch, meaning they often got confused when making runs and supporting play. The team had to use a crude form of sign language to help them cope with the problem. MORE


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