Football Coaching

  1. Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?

    Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?
    Regardless of what you think about England’s performances in the 2018 World Cup, there’s no doubt that this run is capturing the imagination of the country. Politicians are talking about the team in Parliament, airline captains are announcing results at 30,000 feet and throngs of fans are enjoying beer baths in open-air “World Cup zones”. There’s magic in the air...
  2. Michael Carrick Launches New Initiative with Manchester United Foundation

    Michael Carrick Launches New Initiative with Manchester United Foundation
    Michael Carrick has enjoyed an exemplary career — both on and off the field. Widely regarded as one of the country’s best passers, the Geordie midfielder has enjoyed huge success with Manchester United over the years. But more importantly, Carrick is a gentleman and a great ambassador for both United and English football in general. He’s the perfect role model...
  3. Is This an Exciting New Era for Para-Football in Britain?

    Is This an Exciting New Era for Para-Football in Britain?
    Disabled football has been short-changed compared to other “para” sports in recent years. While millions have been poured into Olympic sports, the beautiful game has been something of a poor relative — which is shocking given the huge amounts of cash in the game. While there are associations, charities and clubs promoting disability football in the UK, they’re relatively small...
  4. Are the FA's New Youth Football Guidelines a Step Too Far?

    Are the FA's New Youth Football Guidelines a Step Too Far?
    Switch on to Premier League football, and there’s a good chance that, sooner or later, you’ll see an example of unprofessional behaviour from the game’s big stars. Unfortunately, we’re now conditioned to accept this as part of the game, but this definitely shouldn’t be the case. The highest paid athletes in the UK are swearing, intimidating officials and opposition players...
  5. 6 Simple Counter-Attack Strategies for Grassroots Football Coaches

    6 Simple Counter-Attack Strategies for Grassroots Football Coaches
    The growing chasm in quality between the Premier League’s top six and the rest of the league is causing a real problem for managers. How do you get a team of honest yet limited players to stop some of the most talented stars in the World cutting through your defence like butter? The only way the league’s second and third...
  6. How Britain is Playing a Leading Role in the Chinese Football Revolution

    How Britain is Playing a Leading Role in the Chinese Football Revolution
    Football in China is still in its infancy, but it has already made waves around the World. Chinese multi-billionaires are funding a huge expansion in the game, bringing stars like Carlos Tevez and Oscar to the Chinese Super League. But while the high-profile transfers make the headlines, it is the work going on at the grassroots level that is most...
  7. Professional Pre-Season Training Tips You Can Use at Your Club

    Professional Pre-Season Training Tips You Can Use at Your Club
    It’s finally July again. The barren month of June is often hard for amateur footballers. There’s no football on the telly, and even less in the community. For committed and enthusiastic players, the summer is torture. Anyone who regularly plays the game at a reasonable level will know how exciting the first day of pre-season training is. However, excitement usually...
  8. 8 Fun Ways to Introduce Very Young Children to Football

    8 Fun Ways to Introduce Very Young Children to Football
    As a proud, football-loving parent, it is only natural that you’d want to instil your love of the beautiful game in your children. But being too pushy too early can sometimes have the opposite effect. Any fan or player’s love of the game starts with the element of fun, and if it’s missing, falling in love with football is a...
  9. The Street Football Association — Changing Lives for the Better

    The Street Football Association — Changing Lives for the Better
    When Gareth Bale led an heroic Euro 2016 campaign that led to the semi-final, a proud nation watched on — including a group of Big Issue sellers from Wales. Inspired what they witnessed, they decided to group together to form a team of their own. Big Issue Cymru was born, featuring homeless and socially excluded football fans from Cardiff. Street...
  10. How to Recruit Players for Your Grassroots Football Team

    How to Recruit Players for Your Grassroots Football Team
    Whether you’re starting a new football team or trying to bolster the ranks of an existing one, an effective player recruitment strategy is essential. But for many clubs in British grassroots football, simply finding people who are interested in playing can be a huge challenge. It doesn’t matter whether your team is flying high and winning trophies or languishing at...

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