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What on earth is going on with angry parents?

in Blog, Team Management

What on earth is going on? I thought I had cut out the angry parent confrontations years ago but they are still rumbling on. After a tournament we had just played in and got knocked out in the quarter final stage (but that allowed us to go home early!) one of the dads was insistent... MORE

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I admit it – I made a mistake in...

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There are occasions when I do things that go against all the advice I give out and I’m not sure why I do it, or in this case, don’t do it. It shows how you can’t rest on your laurels in this coaching lark and I feel a bit of a chump for doing so.... MORE

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Challenge Your Players To Use Their Creativity

in Attacking, Blog

Giving players problems to solve during training is a great way to get them to do it in matches. I ran one of my sessions from Soccer Coach Weekly recently, to give my players a real situation that I wanted them to exploit. In the session, the players are split into pairs and have three... MORE

Soccer Coach Weekly issue 522

A Taste of Success at the End of the...

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As it gets to the business end of the season some of the teams I work with have had very important games… and it is great to see the hard work put in by the players, coaches and parents rewarded with some success. The Under 16s won their league on Sunday after a very hard season. The... MORE

Dele Alli

Invest In Young English Players

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Spurs leads the way Managers are burdened by the imperative for instant results but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has come to recognise the value of building a team around a homegrown base – whether developed through the academy or recruited from clubs further down the English football ladder; Dele Alli, young player of the year 2017, was signed from MK Dons... MORE

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Movement Off The Ball Is Crucial

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When I played the session Short Attacks with my Under 14s the tempo of the session became very high working into the 3v2 which helped with the boys movement and support play. What you are trying to coach your players in this session is to look for the disguising of passes with the use of subtle reverse... MORE

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How switching play can make your team stronger

in Blog, Passing

Watching the Euros instead of standing coaching my players gives me a good chance to see how some of the world’s greatest coaches approach games where the opposition poses different problems. Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte gave a wonderful performance in matches before they lost out to Germany on penalties. He was faced with two... MORE

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Listen to your players – they often know best!

in Blog, Team Management

Sometimes my young players make more sense than I do – and that makes me well aware that I shouldn’t always put a tactical side of the argument as a rule that cannot be broken, so I try not to. This week with the season over I’ve been coaching positional sense to young players –... MORE

Burpham team from the 2015-16 season

The incredible turnaround at Burpham FC

in Blog, Soccer coaching

I’m not going to say that coaching successful teams is magic – it takes a lot of hard work and time to coach a team, and to train a group to play matches every week throughout the season. What I hope to do is make things a bit easier by providing coaching sessions to help... MORE

4 top tips from Kelly Smith

4 top tips from England’s Kelly Smith

in Blog, Soccer coaching, Tips and advice

  Arsenal Ladies attacker Kelly Smith reached another milestone in her glittering soccer career when she won the Women’s FA Cup final against Chelsea last month. Kelly came through the American college system and has played a lot on that side of the Atlantic as well as two spells with Arsenal. I mention her here... MORE

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Find out what the United Soccer Coaches’ (former NSCAA)...

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I was over in Baltimore at the NSCAA Convention in January and there was the huge buzz in the air that there always is at this massive congregation of tracksuit-clad soccer folk from around the world. More than 10,000 coaches, executives, players, journalists, entrepreneurs, salesmen, and enthusiasts converged on ‘Charm City’ for this “can’t miss”... MORE

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