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Being a soccer coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular soccer skill, run a soccer drill, or set up a formation. The soccer coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.

Can we still shoot!

in Blog, Tips and advice

You can say one thing for certain… the players I coach are thrilled to be back out training even though they are having to be aware of distancing and not trying to tackle their teammates. So what are they doing....? MORE

Compact Midfield

Compact your team in midfield

in Midfield, Tactics

This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate MORE

Dribble the ball

Create cool defenders

in Defending, Tactics

A fun game that will encourage your defenders to be calm on the ball and confident in their passing. Having a defender cool enough to keep calm under pressure is an asset. This activity will help stop your defenders from panicking. MORE

How to stop clever attackers

in Defending, Tactics

Use this session to help defenders to decide whether to hold up play or win the ball when outnumbered, often the attacker will have their head down looking at the ball – the defender can hold a goalside position so the attacker has to look up which is the best time to force a mistake MORE

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Don’t shout instructions

in Blog, Set pieces

shouting from the touchline is one of the downsides of being a coach in the grassroots game. I like to think I have educated the parents of my players so that they only shout encouraging things and respect the opposition players and parents. But sometimes they too shout things that are not helpful to the team on match days MORE

Control Midfield

Control the game in midfield

in Midfield, Tactics

One thing that will help you control the pace of games and give you a winning edge is to have an effective midfield. This useful session will help your players learn how to pass the ball through midfield on the move MORE

Are you blind, ref!

in Blog, Refereeing

Refereeing has always been in the spotlight but the emergence of VAR has made even more controversy about the role of the ref. Yet we all see the professionals ranting and raving so what should a grassroots coach do when a decision goes against them? MORE

Growth in youth players… it’s not fair!

in Blog, Tips and advice

I was doing part of this season's CPD on growth and maturity in youth players – it makes a big difference in boys and girls as their bodies mature. This has a big effect on a young player's success in sport. Smaller players are often the ones left sitting on the subs bench, not because they weren’t skilful enough but because the other kid was much bigger and so the coach preferred him. MORE

What started the move for a goal?

in Blog, Tips and advice

I've been reviewing the season before the suspension of games and I was thinking about a couple of the moves that led to goals. I am always looking beyond the final pass or shot to the move that resulted in a goal. You can learn a lot from just recalling what went on for the goal. MORE

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Win the game when you’re ahead

in Tactics, Tips and advice

Losing games at the death is something that happens ... often players lose concentration or just panic! They can accept losing as part of the game but when a win is in their grasp they don't know what to do. Try these sessions to help MORE

Switch to score

Create space

in Attacking, Tactics

This game encourages teams to switch play and to create space away from the ball – it is a condition of the game that teams must switch before they can score a goal. MORE

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When dads get it wrong (mums never do!)

in Blog

When it comes to getting things done it is often the most vocal of dads who find it hardest to help out. Why is it that the ones that think they can tell you how the team should play and the tactics to use are the ones that do anything you ask them wrongly? 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

Ask your players: Why is Aguero so successful?

in Blog, Shooting

One way to give your players something to do in this forced break from sport is to get them to pick a player and tell you in their own words why that player is so great. And see if they can name an instance where the player showed his skills that resulted in a goal. MORE

Coach, I can’t do that!

in Blog

Watching one of the guys who works with the Soccer Coach Weekly team every morning as he parks his car got me thinking about coaching and how opportunity and practice are vital to any set of skills a person has. MORE


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