Football Coaching

  1. Guide to Starting a Football Team: Making Your Own Football Club

    Guide to Starting a Football Team: Making Your Own Football Club
    “How to make a football club” is an increasingly popular question being asked by parents, coaches and league officials. A club is often the beating heart of a local community — giving people a common cause to get behind.  A grassroots football club gives young people a focal point. As well as promoting teamwork and community spirit, a local club...
  2. How to Safely Improve a Young Footballer’s Heading Technique

    How to Safely Improve a Young Footballer’s Heading Technique
    Heading in football has been something of a hot topic in recent years. Things came to a head this year when the FA published new guidelines on the issue.  But despite the new rules, heading is still part and parcel of the game. And you can practice and improve this vital skill safely and in line with the FA’s guidance. ...
  3. Football Pitch Size Guide: Football Pitch Size Explained

    Football Pitch Size Guide: Football Pitch Size Explained
    Football Pitch Size Guide: Football Pitch Size Explained Have you ever watched a football game on TV and thought about the official football pitch size for professional games? Some of the football pitch dimensions differ, depending on the club’s preferences and the size of the stadium, however, so the answer is not a simple one.  Asking “how big is a...
  4. 8 Tips for Coaching Your Own Children

    8 Tips for Coaching Your Own Children
    Children love to play and participate in sports — and they love spending quality time with their parents. By teaching your children how to play football, you can embrace both of these activities for unforgettable bonding experiences.  For young children, the priority must be fun. If your football coaching sessions aren’t fun, your children will quickly lose interest — maybe...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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