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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

Organising a possession tactic

in Blog, Defending

I watched an interesting coaching session recently at a Premier League academy. It was based on the principles that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez learnt when he was coaching in Spain. MORE

Coach CPD in Brighton

How to coach youth teams

in Blog, Tips and advice

As a coach I am always striving to improve by going on courses, going to watch other coaches and making sure my advice is current and relevant. I am constantly reflecting on my coaching and looking for ways to enhance it. MORE

Try coaching whole-part-whole

in Blog, Tips and advice

My Under 12s played a match last week and at the end I was buzzing with excitement at the way they had played. In my excitement when I was talking to the players afterwards I said wanted to run a training session right there and then. MORE

Pep Guardiola

Listen to advice

in Blog, Tips and advice

As I walked towards the referee, my right hand man got hold of my arm and looked me in the eye. “The players are disappointed and they need to hear from you,” he said. He was right and I just shook hands with the ref and hastened over to where a group of dejected players sat. MORE

Linesman

Choosing your linesman

in Blog, Team Management

The one thing that comes to mind that I became acutely aware of when I started playing teams at 9v9 or 11v11 was the need for linesmen and that prickly subject of offside. MORE


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