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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

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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

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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When dads get it wrong (mums never do!)

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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

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

Good behaviour on match day

In praise of parents

in Blog, Team Management

Sometimes I can’t believe the amount of work that goes into running a youth soccer team – you have to admire the way mums and dads go the extra mile to help their children live the dream. MORE

The glory of winning

in Blog, Psychology

There is a glory in winning that should be embraced by both the winner and the loser. When we lose we should congratulate our opponents and think about our own glories and what we did during the game, because although winning is important it’s not always a true measure of how your players have performed as a team. MORE

Why are the U14s so good?

in Blog, Tips and advice

Watching the Under 14s pass and move their way to a really pleasing victory this week I went home and decided I needed to see what I had worked on with this team when they were much younger and what had been the foundation for the way they were now playing. MORE

The 2% positive mindset

in Blog, Psychology

For a small minority of coaches embracing the unknown is something they like to do – it gives young players the added excitement of something new to test them and even though it is unchartered territory the rewards are much greater 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. MORE

Making a difference

in Blog, Team Management

A couple of seasons ago I was asked to take over an Under 16s team that the club said were underachieving – they wanted the team to get more success than they were having. So I went along to watch them.... MORE

A new player wants to join the team…

in Blog, Team Management

I have two players who recently came through our development squad who feel they are ready to join my team 6 months ahead of plan. It is a tricky decision as it adds to the pressure on match days when the number of subs would obviously increase. MORE

Let them choose

in Blog, Tips and advice

I had a problem this week at training – not only was the pitch waterlogged and we were playing indoors but I had three sessions to choose from and I was scratching my head trying to decide which one we should use. MORE

Where do you draw the line?

in Blog, Team Management

I really like the idea of the respect line that the English Football Association has recommended clubs use to keep parents and supporters at bay during youth matches. It is a line that gives parents a clear and visual guide as to where they should be standing when a match is being played. MORE

Keep possession and position

in Blog, Tips and advice

I watched an interesting coaching session recently at a Premier League academy. It was based on the principles that Chinese super league club Dalian Yifang manager Rafa Benitez learnt when he was coaching in Spain. It is about position for possession and works on the defensive nature of possession, as well as the attacking angle. MORE


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