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Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-1-4-1

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-1-4-1

Tactics Explained - A Look at the 4-1-4-1 In our piece exploring football tactics, we’re going to cast our eyes over the increasingly popular 4-1-4-1. Despite primarily being seen as a defensive system, the 4-1-4-1 has been reimagined in recent years, largely thanks...

Why is playing three at the back popular again

Why is playing three at the back popular again

Why is Playing Three at the Back Popular Again? The tactical side of football has become increasingly evolved over the course of the last decade, particularly with the renewed focus on positional play and structured, organised pressing. This has also seen a sustained...

Transfer Window as it Stands

Transfer Window as it Stands

Last season we witnessed a brilliant Premier League season, with drama down to the final day providing for outstanding viewing. With the Premier League currently being the best league in the world it is no surprise the quality of the teams seems to be growing each...

The Most Unusual Goalscoring Feats in History

The Most Unusual Goalscoring Feats in History

While football is a team game in which everyone must contribute for a side to become more than the sum of its parts, there’s no doubt that special status is afforded to strikers. After all, strikers are widely considered to have the hardest job in the sport, while the...

The Fan-Led Review of Football Governance – The Key Talking Points

The Fan-Led Review of Football Governance – The Key Talking Points

There has been a great deal of speculation about the future of football on these shores, following a series of concerning events and the general influx of investment from overseas over the course of the last decade. These issues led to an independent, fan-led review...

Famous Goals That Would Have Been Lost to VAR

Famous Goals That Would Have Been Lost to VAR

When VAR was introduced to the domestic and international game, it was hoped that the quality of decisions would be optimised while the burden placed on referees would be lessened. However, it has managed to cause significant issues and debate in its relatively short...

Football Tactics Explained – A Look at the 3-3-4

Football Tactics Explained – A Look at the 3-3-4

In the continuation of our series exploring football formations, today we take a look at the rather unusual 3-3-4 system. Although this tactic is scarcely used in modern football (other than when chasing a late goal at the end of a game), it has had some recent...

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-4-2

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-4-2

If there’s one formation and tactical setup that’s synonymous with the history of football, it’s the classic 4-4-2. This shape was prevalent in the UK throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, before tactical innovation took hold and the popular 4-2-3-1 variation (and...

Is VAR Changing Football for the Better?

Is VAR Changing Football for the Better?

There are few more contentious elements of football than VAR at present, with the use of video assistance and technology to review decisions polarising opinions within the sport. Certainly, the deployment of VAR through history would have ruled some truly iconic...

Which is the Oldest English Football Club?

Which is the Oldest English Football Club?

The informal origins of association football can be traced back more than 3,000 years, to the old Mesoamerican cultures who used to play a team game using a rock as a ball. However, the professional game that we know and love today emerged during the mid-1860s, during...

When Was the First International Football Match?

When Was the First International Football Match?

When Was the First International Football Match? The first international match took place on Saturday, 30th November 1872, kicking off shortly after 2pm. It was contested by arch enemies England and Scotland, who played out a tense 0-0 draw in a match that was played...

Football Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-2-3-1

Football Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-2-3-1

We recently penned the first in a series of posts focused on the various tactical shapes and systems used in modern football, and today we introduce another in the form of the 4-2-3-1. A clear variation of the 4-4-2 formation that dominated English football until the...

Coaching Masterclass – Train Like Tuchel

Coaching Masterclass – Train Like Tuchel

Today’s blog is the second in a series in which we will explain various coaching styles and training sessions with inspiration from some of the Premier League’s top managers. This blog will explore the training methods of Thomas Tuchel and help understand how to...

Coaching Masterclass – Thomas Tuchel’s 3-back System

Coaching Masterclass – Thomas Tuchel’s 3-back System

Today’s blog is part of a series in which we will explain various coaching styles and training sessions with inspiration from some of the Premier League’s top managers. This first of the series will explore the formation of Thomas Tuchel and help understand how to...

Can you become a top level football coach without being a player ?

Can you become a top level football coach without being a player ?

Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, there remains a suggestion in the sport of football that coaches and managers should have played the game at the highest level if they’re to lead the very best clubs. However, there’s absolutely nothing to stop football...

When Referees Lose Control – How to Maintain Discipline

When Referees Lose Control – How to Maintain Discipline

There’s no doubt that being a referee can be a largely thankless task, with the emotive nature of the game meaning that officials often have to maintain control in the face of immense pressure and sustained abuse. Some referees fail in this respect, of course. Most...

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-3-3

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 4-3-3

Football in the UK has undergone a marked transformation through the Premier League era, and not only in terms of the number of foreign players and the influx of huge cash sums. The game is also different tactically too, with pretty much all of the sides that lined up...

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 3-4-2-1 System

Tactics Explained – A Look at the 3-4-2-1 System

There is a myriad of football formations in the modern age, some of which are universally popular such as the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-3-1. However, there are others that are decidedly more trend-driven and fleetingly popular, including the currently in-vogue 3-4-2-1 system....

Which International Team has the Best Young Players?

Which International Team has the Best Young Players?

The term “golden generation” has been applied to various international sides down the year, with recent iterations including the English and Portuguese teams of the noughties. While neither of these sides was able to fully realise their potential or yield the fruits...

Grassroots Football in France Explored

Grassroots Football in France Explored

When France won the World Cup in 2018 following a thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final, many believed that it could kickstart another period of dominance for Les Blues on the international stage. Ultimately, Didier Deschamps’ men couldn’t emulate the...

Grassroots Set-up around the World – A Look at Belgium

Grassroots Set-up around the World – A Look at Belgium

When Belgium slumped to a 2-1 defeat to eventual winners in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, it appeared as though the country’s so-called “Golden Generation” had reached something of a watershed moment. While it becomes increasingly unlikely that the world’s...

Grassroots Football Explored – A Look at Holland

Grassroots Football Explored – A Look at Holland

Of all the footballing organisations in Europe, the KNVB in Holland is arguably the one that’s most steeped in history and heritage. Founded in 1889, it continues to organise all aspects of football in the Netherlands, from youth structures and fifth-class amateur...

How to Maintain Team Shape as a Coach

How to Maintain Team Shape as a Coach

If you watch any Premier League game in the modern age (especially those involving sides such as Manchester City and Chelsea), you’ll see an increased focus on team shape both in and out of possession. This not only enables players to remain compact and press the ball...

Grassroots Football Explored – A Look at Portugal

Grassroots Football Explored – A Look at Portugal

Whenever you launch a grassroots or youth football team, there’s an aspiration that this side will ultimately fulfill its optimal potential. This isn’t always the case, however, with the Portuguese national side offering a relevant case in point. Despite the success...

Exploring Grassroots Football in Switzerland

Exploring Grassroots Football in Switzerland

Switzerland enjoyed a stellar run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 (including a superb penalty shootout win over current world champions France), with this capturing the attention of fans from across the globe. However, this success won’t have come as a surprise to...

Will Euro 2020 Produce a Boost for Grassroots Football in the UK?

Will Euro 2020 Produce a Boost for Grassroots Football in the UK?

It’s an immense shame that England’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy resulted in such angry post-match scenes, especially as the Three Lions historic run had helped to unify much of the country during the previous three months. However, there can be no...

Grass Roots Set-up around the World – Italy

Grass Roots Set-up around the World – Italy

Grass Roots Set-up around the World - Italy While the grassroots football system in Italy hasn’t always been widely celebrated, it has begun to earn some international accolades in recent years. Most recently, the ‘Divisione Calcio Paralimpico e Sperimentale’ has won...

Grass Roots Set-up around the World – Spain

Grass Roots Set-up around the World – Spain

Grass Roots Set-up around the World We’ve already written extensively about grassroots football in Germany and Italy, with both of these nations having revamped their youth setups over the course of the last 20 years or more. Another country that has undergone a...

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