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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... »

5 dysfunctions of a team

5 dysfunctions of a team

  Some 5  years back, I came across a business management book that would change the way I would approach football team management on a  personal level. There are plenty of resources for actual coaching of tactics, principles of play etc, but there is very little out there that will help you to get your players to gel, to get on with one another and find that little bit of magic that turns a ... »

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 ... »

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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