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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

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

Be the best – Lieke Martens

in Blog, Team Management

Netherlands winger Lieke Martens was named The Best FIFA Women's Player at a ceremony in London. Ronaldo was The Best FIFA Men's Player beating Lionel Messi and Neymar. Both also won the UEFA Player of the Year Awards. MORE

Drew Broughton

My favourite coaching sessions

in Blog, Warm Ups

Drew Broughton is a former professional footballer who made over 540 senior appearances for 21 different clubs, scoring 116 goals, in a career spanning 17 years. His favourite coach was Paul Ince. MORE

When I coached this session…

in Attacking, Blog

When I coached the session TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT I found the players really enjoyed working in the penalty area and because they were playing in a small space the technique and skills needed were brought out and I saw some great play and some great goals. MORE

Half-time team talk

Reacting at half-time with a team talk

in Blog, Tactics

The big decision that faces all coaches whatever level they are coaching is how do they react to the half-time scoreline? Going all out to kill the game or parking the bus if you are winning – but if you're losing what do you tell your team to do? MORE

Parent as linesman

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

Soccer Coach Weekly issue 522

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

in Blog

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

in Blog

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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