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Tips and advice

Most problems you’ve had with your coaching will be covered in our coaching tips and advice section. From what lessons you can learn from losing on match days to the nitty gritty of dealing with probelm parents, getting a sponsor for your team and things to do at the start or finish of the season.

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

Give your players a voice!

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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. MORE

Sessions with purpose

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One of the first things we must do as coaches is to make sure the environment we work in allows young players to be creative and not to worry about making mistakes if they try to do something different. MORE

Making risk assessments

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I had a very interesting chat with a group of coaches last week, discussing risk taking in the final third of the pitch and how to get young players to try different skills, taking risks that can open up defences. MORE

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 4: Focus

in Pre-season, Tips and advice

Your players have made it to week 4 with the first whistle of the new season not far away. But before it blows you've got one final week to get your players through so they are ready and focused for that first match of the season. MORE

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 3: Game plan

in Pre-season, Tips and advice

The basics have been taken care of with passing, possession and fitness, and there has been plenty of small-sided game-play thrown into the mix as well, but now you want to delve down into what your players are going to produce this coming season on the pitch. MORE

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What your players know

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I’m already preparing for next season and one thing I’m looking at is how much information the players at each age group will be bringing with them when the season starts, and how that will affect the curriculum I am preparing for them. MORE

Do your players understand each other?

in Email newsletters, Tips and advice

A number of things caught my attention this week. One of them was a podcast that included an ex-player talking about playing in key games when the crowd was so loud the players had trouble communicating on the pitch, meaning they often got confused when making runs and supporting play. The team had to use a crude form of sign language to help them cope with the problem. MORE

Coach using actions not words

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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


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