Working on Communication

This month on the Modern Soccer Coach Worldwide Mentorship Programme we have been looking at communication and how it is an essential tool for any successful coach. Following on from defining our Coaching Philosophy last month, the communication piece has been both challenging and hugely interesting at the same time. Effective Communication I have always […]

Defining my Coaching Philosophy

The first task for our Modern Soccer Coach Mentorship Programme is based on defining our Coaching Philosophy. My Coaching Philosophy The process of defining a Coaching Philosophy It’s something I have thought about but never taken the time to actually document what sort of coach I want to be and my coaching influences. We started […]

2018 Modern Soccer Coach Mentorship Programme

I was delighted this week to find out I have been successful in my application for the 2018 Modern Soccer Coach Mentorship Programme. Here’s what the Programme is all about: Modern Soccer Coach Worldwide Mentorship program is an exciting new initiative designed to develop young, ambitious coaches and give them access to elite coaches from […]

Possession and transitions

Description: This session is designed to focus on passing technique when under pressure. Throughout the session players should be encouraged to be comfortable in possession, to support the player on the ball and to be communicating at all times. The session will develop to introduce scenarios, the team may be 2-1 ahead and need to […]

Under 12 three team session

Description: Session designed to work with a large group of players. Approx 18-21. Warm up – Three Team Skills Challange Technical practice – Three Colour Passing Progressions – Three colour possession SSG – Corner Possession Free play

Under 12 Switching Point of Attack

Description: Building on last week’s WIMPS session we will work on variations of passes and how they can be used to switch the point of attack in a game. Coaching Points: “Width in attack” When to switch play? (When the game is compact) Types of passes to switch play Using Possession to switch point of […]

A Guide to Running a Session

One of the best resources for Youth Coaches out there, The Coaching Manual has just published an article on how to plan a session, straight from the Southampton Academy. A great insight into how sessions are planned at a Premier League Academy, plenty to take into your sessions at grassroots level. Follow @CoachingManual on Twitter […]

Implementing a style of play

Reading time: 5 minutes When you work with youth teams at grassroots level, producing consistent performances can be very difficult as players often only have one or two hours playing together each week. One way to help youth teams produce consistent performances is having a style of play. Here are a few things I have […]

Spacial awareness

Description: Main focus on the session is to help players understand “Spacial Awareness”. This session can also be related to “Playing out from the back”, how can we create options for kickouts when being pressed by opposition. Warm-up / Arrival – X and O’s Shooting game Fun game which can be used as a warmup […]