Coaching

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... »

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.   »

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... »

In the mind of Sir Alex Ferguson

I had the pleasure to listen to an interview with Sir Alex Ferguson the other day, an interview with Spoony (The Guardian football podcaster). What it delivered was a fresh change of a football insight, into how the great manager goes about his business conducting himself and the club. I’ll pick up from the point about dealing with your squad and letting your squad know about team selection.... »

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... »

“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... »

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