Philosophy

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... »

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.... »

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 ... »

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