Football Coaching

  1. 7 Things Every Football Coach Should Have in Their Equipment Bag

    7 Things Every Football Coach Should Have in Their Equipment Bag
    The equipment you have at your disposal as a football coach can give you an edge over the competition. If you can make your coaching sessions and team talks more effective, you can increase your team’s chances of success on the pitch. And the right tools are the key to this success. We’ve compiled a list of must-have items every...
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Football Team Talks

    A Beginner’s Guide to Football Team Talks
    The right words in the right ears at the right time can make a huge difference to a football match. Motivation and psychology are crucial factors in the success of football teams, but how do you leverage them to your advantage?  An effective team talk — whether it’s before a match or during half-time — is often the difference between...
  3. A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines

    A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines
    The football world stood up and took notice when the verdict of the 2002 inquest into the death of former England striker Jeff Astle was handed down. “Death by industrial disease” was the opinion of the coroner, and for the first time ever, a legal link between heading in football and long-term brain injury was established.  Astle was just 59...
  4. Is Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Grassroots Football Enough?

    Is Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Grassroots Football Enough?
    Rishi Sunak has come out in support of grassroots football in the UK more than once since he became Chancellor. But when he made an appearance at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub last month, there was cause for real optimism.  With more than 20 girls in attendance at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s new training facility, the Chancellor spoke of what...
  5. How Do I Introduce My Toddler to Football for the First Time?

    How Do I Introduce My Toddler to Football for the First Time?
    Put a football at the feet of an 18-month-old toddler, and the chances are they’ll kick it. The beautiful game isn’t just a sport — it’s a human compulsion. Once that first ball has been kicked, there’s often no turning back.  But how do you channel that primal instinct into something more skillful? And how do you turn that first...
  6. Does Technology Have an Important Role to Play in Grassroots Football?

    Does Technology Have an Important Role to Play in Grassroots Football?
    With grassroots football facing an existential crisis in the UK right now, anything that can boost participation and retention levels is welcome. Technology is already being used in the game, but until relatively recently its impact has been limited.  Fundraising But things are slowly changing. Back in 2019, a Durham-based entrepreneur created a mobile app that helps local football clubs...
  7. Covid-Safe and Socially Distanced Football Training 

    Covid-Safe and Socially Distanced Football Training 
    Grassroots football training has to be adapted in order to minimise the risk of Covid infections. Last week, we talked about non-contact football drills that minimise cross-contamination. These drills were aimed at giving each player their own ball, thus reducing the risk of call contamination. But if you’re comfortable with players sharing footballs, there are different Covid-safe drills you can...
  8. Non-Contact Training for Covid-Safe Grassroots Football

    Non-Contact Training for Covid-Safe Grassroots Football
      Grassroots football is back underway in many areas of the UK after its Covid-related absence. But the situation is fluid, and future lockdowns are a very real possibility for many regions. To ensure your players are both safe and match-ready, you need to ensure training sessions are as Covid-friendly as possible. It’s important to keep abreast of Covid-related restrictions...
  9. Improving Team Fitness: The Bleep Test

    Improving Team Fitness: The Bleep Test
    The Bleep Test The Bleep Test, also known as the beep or multistage fitness test, is a method of testing the fitness and aerobic capacity (stamina) of an athlete. It is used by military and police organisations worldwide. From a football point of view, it is an extremely useful tool to determine the fitness of a player. What is The...
  10. Improving Pre-match Preparation: Game Realistic Warmups

    Improving Pre-match Preparation: Game Realistic Warmups
    Game Realistic Warmups I was at a 7-aside grassroots game recently where one team did a rondo and a short passing exercise as part of a warmup. The game kicked off, and for the rest of the game, they kicked the ball long to their striker. It left me wondering why they focused on shorter passing for the warmup when...

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