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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 […]

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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 […]

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Defending Session – On Guard (Pressure, Cover, 1v1, 2v2, 4v4

This session from the Irish FA Level One Course is excellent for U11+ ages and is a good introduction to the basic principles of defending. Session Coaching Points: The session begins with a 1v1 situation where the defending players aim to delay the attacker as long as possible. We then progress to a 2v2 scenario […]

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Coaching Books for Christmas 2017

I’ve picked up a couple of great coaching books in 2017. Improving my knowledge of the game is one of the most important things I try to do every week. There is plenty of lessons you can learn from the best coaches in the world and apply to your sessions, even at grassroots level. Here’s […]

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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 […]

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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

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Under 12 Playing out from the back

Description: Session to develop understanding of playing out from the back. Session should focus on passing and receiving technique and positioning in and out of possession. Coaching Points Receiving to play forward – Body Shape (half turn), Scanning, spacial awareness Positioning for kickouts – Use width, spread out Positioning when out of possession – Stay […]

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Under 12 Passing and Attacking Session

Description: Session to develop passing and receiving technique. We then introduce players to different 4v4 conditioned games where they have to solve different problems. Coaching Points: Short passing and receiving Patience in possession Penetration in attack Forward runs, runs into space Warmup – Technical (Passing) (20mins) Description: Three variations of short passing, slowly lifting the […]

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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 […]

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Under 12 Possession Session

Description: Basic session to introduce the Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS). Fun warmup developing to simple 5v2 Possession exercise before moving to a game specific directional Possession exercise. Session Coaching Points: Introducing Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS) Develop Passing and Receiving Technique Good communication with team mates Agility Warm up Time: 8-10mins Description: Players in […]