4v4 – The Most Misused SSG

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The 4v4. One of the best SSG’s used incorrectly by new coaches.

The Standard 4v4

Most coaches have heard or will hear that 4v4 is a great SSG (Small Sided Games) to use. It gives the players more touches of the ball, more chances to dribble, more shooting opportunities, more passing opportunities and much more. IMO, it should be used Continue reading


You’re not the Perfect Coach!

Even he's not the Perfect Coach...Close though

And so what?!

Stating the obvious

When you receive your Level 1 Coaching Badge, you are a Level 1 Coach.

Why are you stating the obvious I hear you ask. The reason I made the statement above is because some coaches including myself, have had and will have doubts about their coaching ability.

When you start off, there will be coaching sessions where Continue reading

Barcalona: Practice Makes Perfect


The first touch is everything.

To make it to the very top as a player, one of the key pieces of the puzzle is a great first touch. The ability to have the ball under control in one touch sets you up for a great second touch, which can be a pass Continue reading

How to become a Football Coach – The Updated Version

The Best Coach Ever?

Take 30 seconds out of your time to type the question “How do I become a Football Coach” into Google. The first link?

The BBC sport website from who knows when. The fact that the first link you are directed to is an out of date BBC website with very limited information, only goes to show why people who want to become coaches do not know where to start. To become a qualified coach is easy. You simply sign up to take the Level 1 Coaching qualification and if you pass, you are a qualified coach.

How far do you want to go with Coaching?

Some parents want to coach their kid’s team. Some people want Continue reading

Encouragement: The Underestimated Coaching Tool

Sunday 6th November – Wadham FC Under 7’s Match Review:

This match report is a bit late, but there were some key moments in the game that I have to share with fellow coaches.

I was asked to manage the Under 7’s team for that match as the Head Coach was away on holiday.

It was a great experience for me as a coach and I would encourage anyone who wants to be a coach to work with children of a young age at some stage. They remind you of the reasons why we all love football. They don’t take the result seriously; they just play to have fun. When I first joined Wadham, I was excited Continue reading

The Greatest Side Ever? How do you stop them?!

World Class: How do you stop them?

How do you beat Barcelona?

In my opinion, you have to do one of the two extremes. You either have to play an extreme pressing game, or play an extreme containment game. If you try to play a balance of the two, Barcelona WILL open you up with ease.

Personally, I would go for the extreme pressing game. For the simple reason Continue reading

Grassroots Football: Problems, Problems, Problems!

What has the manager in 10 years got to work with?!

The Spain vs England friendly brought back comparisons between the quality of players Spain are producing compared to England. Take a look at Spain’s squad for the friendly.

Spain squad to face England:

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona); Continue reading