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Four ways to prepare your team for the second...

in Blog, Tactics

It’s a tough call. The half-time whistle sounds and you’re leading 1-0. You need those three points. The dilemma confronting you is do you try to keep things tight and hold onto your lead, or do you press on for more goals and a convincing win? MORE

Rainy match day

Preparing for the unexpected on match day

in Blog, Psychology

It is the most frustrating thing when you have prepared for a game and then the match gets cancelled. All that preparation and then in pops the email from the fixtures secretary that the pitch is frozen or waterlogged or the opposition have failed to get a team together. Last weekend it was the snow... MORE

U17s match day

Playing minus degrees matches

in Blog, Tips and advice

It was a beautiful day last Sunday morning but boy was it cold. Not a cloud in the sky – and not another match to be seen – our pitch was heavy but not unplayable so we decided to go ahead and let the U18s play. MORE

Cold weather

8 ways to stay toasty in a cold spell

in Blog, Tips and advice

It's freezing on the pitches and training grounds in England so here are a few tips to help you stay warm, so you can focus on keeping attackers out rather than trying to keep the cold out when you’re playing in Arctic conditions. MORE

How to deal with subs

How to handle the subs

in Blog, Team Management

Winning combinations and the need to develop individuals means that you cannot play matches with the same players on the subs bench. They will fall behind and the team will find it hard to be at their best when injuries or holidays mean players are absent from the team. MORE

Mo Salah

Good teams control the ball

in Blog, Passing

When I played the game Possession and Movement with my team it was a great session to teach them that they should make good use of possession and penetrate the opposition when the chance arrives MORE

Pep Guardiola

Team preparation key to Guardiola success

in Blog, Team Management

How has Pep Guardiola created the Manchester City machine that keeps on winning? The real key with is that they have so many points of attack, but those points are always moving, always rotating, always revolving. They work on a sophisticated level of co-ordination so practice on the training ground is vital. MORE

Harry Winks

How to create the perfect midfielder

in Blog, Midfield

21-year-old academy graduate Harry Winks has been central to Spurs' excellent start to the season, pulling the strings from midfield against Real Madrid in the Champions League – so how do you play like him? MORE

Dermot Drummy

Dermot Drummy, Arsenal and Chelsea youth coach, RIP

in Blog

My colleagues and I at Soccer Coach Weekly were shocked and saddened to hear the news that Dermot Drummy the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, died on Monday, 27th November, aged 56. MORE

A lesson from losing

Four lessons to learn from losing

in Blog, Psychology

How your team deals with defeat can have important repercussions on how they perform in the next match. Here are four ways to rediscover the winning formula and the reason losing can be a step forward MORE

Messi skill

How to coach a skill

in Ball Control and Footwork, Blog

The first part, which might be called the approach, emphasises that the ‘skill’ actually begins when your player is approaching an opponent. I told my players that it’s during these crucial few moments that they must decide what to do and how they are going to do it. MORE

Players line up for minute silence

How to play against a ‘bigger’ team

in Attacking, Blog

“Look at the size of the team we’re playing! They are huge…” That was the comment that greeted me when I turned up at the weekend for our Under 17s match against an Under 18s team in the county cup. It wasn’t the attitude I was hoping to see! But I can quite understand it.... MORE

City Chelsea youth cup final

What started the move for your goal?

in Blog, Tips and advice

Coming away from the U15s game at the weekend 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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