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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.

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

Rondos develop players

What your players know

in Blog, Tips and advice

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

in Blog, Tips and advice

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

Body position to defend

Turned away

in Defending, Tips and advice

If you want your defenders to learn to come out on top in a one-on-one situation with an opponent, use this activity to teach them what to do and what to look for MORE

Do your players understand each other?

in Email newsletters, Tips and advice

The best teams communicate on the pitch. Players encourage one another, call for the ball, organise the defence and look around them to see who is open to the pass.  Communication is the key to making your team more successful. Here are four ways to help your players communicate better. Start by giving your players... 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. 1. Listen to your players Your players will always tell you if... MORE

Ray Winstone FA Respect video

Hey coach! what are you doing?

in Blog, Tips and advice

I know that most coaches have children who play soccer for other teams, as well as children who play for their own teams, and this can put them in a position to judge the coaching of others. I have had this conversation on many occasions: “What do you do when you see a coach doing the wrong thing on match day? Do you intervene?” MORE


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