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Got a coaching question?

Dave Clarke, Soccer Coach Weekly’s head coach and editor can help.

As a volunteer dad, Dave started coaching his son’s team 20 years ago. Now educating 500,000 coaches every week he is a highly experienced FA level 3, UEFA B youth coach, lecturer and course tutor.

He has been at the helm of Soccer Coach Weekly for over 10 years and is also the Consultant Coach on the LMA’s Elite Soccer.

It’s always good to have somebody to ask for advice when you encounter a problem with your team. Whatever your coaching problem, Dave is perfectly placed to help.

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Check out recently asked questions to get the advice you need. If you are a subscriber drop Dave a line (you’ll find his contact details in this week’s issue of Soccer Coach Weekly digital magazine) and he’ll even send you the resources you need from our library of coaching sessions.

A parent asked how we monitor our coaches in...

in Ask Dave

The guidelines over child protection can vary widely between countries, organisations and clubs, but one rule that should be uniform is that parents need to be given as much information as possible (and access to information) when it comes to reassurance that their child is in safe hands. MORE

I run a team of Under-15s who start games slowly. How can I prepare them so they start more quickly?

I run a team of Under-15s who start games...

in Ask Dave

Sounds something isn’t clicking with the boys. Two things I would do: Play a basketball style warm up game in the penalty area with two teams – five passes to score a point a player tagged with the ball loses it to the opposition. MORE

What half-time drinks or snacks are best for my players on match day?

What half-time drinks or snacks are best for my...

in Ask Dave

The days when a couple of slices of orange were considered the optimum half-time treat are well in the past now and have been for quite some time. Times have changed and we now know that the fructose content can actually cause stomach upsets – hardly the distraction your 10-year-old wants when he’s bearing down on goal and looks like scoring. MORE

It infuriates me when players turn up with dirty boots and kit that hasn’t been cleaned. Am I getting wound up about nothing?

It infuriates me when players turn up with dirty...

in Ask Dave

I know where you’re coming from with this problem. A clean kit means clean minds and denotes the respect players should have for themselves and their sport. But other coaches will say youth soccer is about players enjoying themselves first and foremost, and everything else is secondary. MORE

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

The manager is only giving the subs 10-15 minutes...

in Ask Dave

I help coach an Under-12s team playing 9v9 (One manager, 2 coaches) We have a squad of 13 players. The manager wants to involve all the players in the games and I agree with him. However another coach believes that they should only get a couple of minutes at the end. MORE

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