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Play up or play down

in Blog, Team Management

There is always a big discussion about the development age of players and the difficulty for smaller players in their age groups. 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

Giving them ownership

in Blog, Team Management

I won’t name names in this tale but it is something I would like you to hear about because it is one of my players who had to do everything for himself so he can get to play the sport he loves and I am very proud of him. MORE

Where’s the fun in that?

in Blog, Fun soccer games

Young players learn a lot from the environment you create, the words you use and the way you explain the sessions to them. Making sure the atmosphere and the games are fun is key to success in your coaching. MORE

He won’t pass the ball!

in Attacking, Blog

I had a question this week on my AskDave advice line which wanted to know why his team could pass their way into the final third of the pitch but play broke down once they got there. MORE

Dealing with parents

A letter to the parents

in Blog, Team Management

I am a great believer in positive play from the kick off, but have met resistance from the parents of players who are used to seeing a pass back into midfield scenario on the TV. MORE

Rondos develop players

What your players know

in Blog, Tips and advice

I’m already preparing for next season and one thing I’m looking at is how much information the players at each age group will be bringing with them when the season starts, and how that will affect the curriculum I am preparing for them. MORE

Coach using actions not words

in Blog, Tips and advice

I was recently on an excellent three-hour practical demonstration by an FA coach development manager, showing how to coach players without using obvious instructions. Manipulation of the sessions was used as the coach tried to get the message across though actions rather than long-winded explanations. MORE

Give the ref a chance

in Blog, Refereeing

I hate it when the opposition manager turns up and starts his preparations by telling the referee what he expects and what he will be looking for in the game, rather than just getting on with what he should be doing. MORE

Coaching the future

in Blog, Team Management

I was speaking to a dad who used to be a coach. He was saying he really missed the Saturday morning buzz, the one that gives us all a reason for getting up early at the weekends. But what he did hate was coaching courses... MORE

How to handle troublemakers

in Blog, Team Management

There are often players who need to be dealt with differently from the others, ones who cause problems and take much more of your time. It is difficult for the coaches who don’t have much experience to have this added to their workload. MORE

Does it matter what you wear?

in Blog, Team Management

Watching the different ways the top managers dress, it always gives an impression of the team and how it plays. Think of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho who are dressed in sharp suits with very successful teams – although Pep can be seen in some very jazzy clothes these days. Now I am not saying... MORE

Coaching in tight areas

in Blog, Team Management

Looking around some of the remarkable academies in youth soccer with all the facilities that they have it is sometimes easy to forget that a lot of coaches have to work in limited space. MORE

Out of adversity: winning v development

in Blog, Team Management

You’ll often find that out of adversity comes opportunity. A player came to meet me with his mum and dad late last year. He had been having a tough time at his club and was both tearful about returning to the club and tearful about not playing football. MORE

My New Year resolutions

in Blog, Tips and advice

I’ve got 14 things to think about in the new year – consider these points and see if you can work some of the principles into your everyday coaching. If you can, you’ll be a better coach because of it, I promise you. 1. Listen to your players Your players will always tell you if... MORE

Ray Winstone FA Respect video

Hey coach! what are you doing?

in Blog, Tips and advice

I know that most coaches have children who play soccer for other teams, as well as children who play for their own teams, and this can put them in a position to judge the coaching of others. I have had this conversation on many occasions: “What do you do when you see a coach doing the wrong thing on match day? Do you intervene?” MORE


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