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Should players move up an age group

Should players move up an age group?

in Ask Dave

As the season draws to a close I am already thinking about next season and some of the better players are showing they could easily move from the team they are in to older teams that would benefit from having their abilities. How do I make the decision to push them up or not? MORE

How do I coach short attacking passing to my players

How do I coach short attacking passing to my...

in Ask Dave

My players struggle with fast passing in the final third – their control won’t let them use short attacking passes to rip open the heart of a strong opposition defence. Do I have to go back to basics to get them to pass at speed under pressure? MORE

I rotate my players each week but one dad is not happy his son is going to sit out a match – how should I deal with this

I rotate my players each week but one dad...

in Ask Dave

I have a situation at my club where I have taken on extra players so we have a squad of 18 and now have to rotate players each week so everyone misses a game. All players are rotated fairly and equally – everything was working well until this weekend when one dad has said his son is the best player and will not accept him missing a game saying I would rather manage a mid table team than a league winning side. MORE

I am enrolled on a goalkeeping level 1 course...

in Ask Dave

In a word, no. Naturally, any kind of coaching course requires a basic skills base, just as it requires a basic understanding of the game and its principles, but coaching is about passing on instructions, techniques and knowledge rather than to perform yourself. MORE

What’s the best way to improve one’s ability to quickly read the opposing team?

What’s the best way to improve one’s ability to...

in Ask Dave

There are a couple of ways you can improve on reading the opposition. The main one being see how they line up at kick off, work out what formation they are playing and that will give you a good idea of the way they are going to play. If you have some notes jotted down in your kitbag you can quickly check out the strengths and weaknesses of the formation they are playing and how you can counter that. MORE

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