Author: Charlie

The Positives from England v Belgium

I watched the game and then had a good listen to the UK’s public phone in’s on the sports air waves. I heard a ton of critical comments about the England performance and i’ll try and answer what I heard, with what I feel. For now, lets focus on the positives and build on what I previously wrote about England’s “Nothing to lose” bonus. I’ll start by saying ... »

England and Euro 2012

So Englands new manager has named his squad for the Euro 2012 tournament : Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich). Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton). Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool... »

The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens 2012

The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens 2012

In Hong Kong we have just been spoilt with what I would describe as one of the most exciting weekend football tournaments events in the world. The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens is an annual event that invites some of the best young talent from around the world, to play against each other and along side some of the greatest stars of days gone by. In the main tournament this year we saw, Aston Villa, Celt... »

Soccer Training Aids

Soccer Training Aids

When I went to meet Michel Bruyninckx in Belgium and discuss academy training methods, I was presented with incredible enthusiasm of something that I saw years ago which had seemed to pass the world by as a fad. The “SoccerPal” is an “individual training tool for the beginner and advanced player which allows multiple touches without a partner or having to continually chase the ba... »

What are the Five P’s?

When organising and leading my team into competition, I like to remind the players of  “The 6 P’s”, an adage used throughout the British military that is designed to help you remember it’s message. Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance This ensures that all the players understand that they are preparing for something bigger and that there is something mo... »

“Are you blind ref?”

How many times have we heard “are you blind ref”, when watching a game of football? It is one of the hardest jobs in football, especially when FIFA prevent those doing it at the highest level, the technology to do their job properly. It is very often said that when a referee has a good game, you don’t notice him/her, which would be easy if the two teams playing are playing fair, ... »

“Go and get a drink!”

“Go and get a drink!”

I coach 7 years old to adults and I like to keep the intensity high. I watch my players as they train and I like to make sure that they are pushing themselves and not just “going through the motions”. At the end of a segment of the coaching session, after I have given the players some feedback on their activity, I usually shout “go and get a drink”. Too often I hear from so... »

How do I make my weaker foot stronger?

Question : Hi, How are you doing? Actually I play soccer and I’m left footed, the problem is that I can’t play with my right foot, even pass or trapping a ball with my right foot. How can I train my right foot? Thanks a lot,  XXX Answer: At the moment I would recommend ball rhythmics, you can see the example here : http://www.youtube.com/user/totalfootballschools?feature=mhee#p/f/1/sD4... »

Brain Centered Learning

Brain Centered Learning

In March this year the BBC reported about the “Cracking coachings final frontier” , an article based on the theories created around brain centered learning and more specifically the methods used by Michel Bruyninckx to integrate brain centered learning with football. The general idea being to “multitask” the brain. The article and the interest it generated urged me to meet ... »

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