Author: Coach Charlie

Setting your goals

Setting your goals

Football is all about goals, you need to score more goals than your opponent to win the game. Likewise, if you want to improve, you will want to score your own personal goals. Goals don’t just have to be the big white posts at the end of the football pitch, they can be anything which leads you on the pathway to success. How do we set our goals and what should we do when we figure them out? F... »

Having fun at football training

Having fun at football training

The reason we come to football training is to play football, to learn and to have fun. This needs to be in a controlled environment by the coach and finding a perfect balance between learning and having fun is a delicate skill and an act. The first thing you must always remind yourself before any lesson is “Who am I coaching?” Are you coaching 6 year old players? Are you coaching 18 ye... »

Coaching discipline for football training

Coaching discipline for football training

Discipline is the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and control. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation. To be able to be successful with anything we need to be clear about our goals and with this knowledge, set the rules for the discipline we expect during our football training. I like to start most of my sessions to remi... »

The Greatest Striker Ever? Marco Van Basten

The Greatest Striker Ever? Marco Van Basten

Marcel “Marco” van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for AFC Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Dutch national team, in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is regarded as one of the greatest forwards of all time and has scored 277 goals in a high-profile career cut short by injury. Known for his strength on the ball, his tactical awareness and spectac... »

Inside the Ajax Academy

Inside the Ajax Academy

I recently stumbled across a great article in the New York times about  Ajax Academy, you can have a look at that here. But before you do that, have a look behind the scenes in this little video.   »

UNITED INTENT: TEAMS NOT GROUPS

UNITED INTENT: TEAMS NOT GROUPS

I’ve seen groups of people masquerading as teams. But I don’t believe that they are teams. There isn’t a team spirit. They’re simply groups of people that have been asked, or more likely told to work together on something. You don’t build teams. You grow them. And in the right environment their growth is a natural phenomenon. As a team grows, you start to see cohesion. The people in the team bond ... »

Meeting Michel Bruyninckx

Meeting Michel Bruyninckx

Michel Bruyninckx has caused a stir advocating his brain centered learning techniques and recently become Academy director at Standard Liege after eleven years at the Elite Football Academy Royal Belgian Federation. I was lucky enough this summer to meet him at the incredible facilities of the Standard Liege Academy in Belgium. Here we had a chance to discuss his methods, ideas, concepts, techniqu... »

Welcome to the Total Football Club

  The total football club is a FREE club management website. Register for your free account. You can then set up your own group (Football Team) and use the admin tools to invite your team members to join. Once your players are signed on, you can set up event details, eg: match time and location This automatically sends out an email with an RSVP attached to it, enabling your players to simply ... »

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