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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...

How to Use the Pitch Size to Your Advantage				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(2)

How to Use the Pitch Size to Your Advantage 5/5 (2)

When Wales took on the mighty Brazil in a friendly match in May 2000, supporters were concerned about how the Welsh fullbacks would cope with the brilliant wing play of players like Cafu, Ze Roberto and the precocious Denilson. Fortunately, Mark Hughes had an answer,...

Grassroots Set-ups Around the World – A Look at Germany

Grassroots Set-ups Around the World – A Look at Germany

It’s fair to say that Germany entered Euro 2000 in high spirits, with the team focused on defending the title that they won in England at the end of the 1996 tournament. However, the German’s hotly-anticipated defence was left in tatters after just three group stage...

Which Country has the Best Grass Roots Setup in the World?

Which Country has the Best Grass Roots Setup in the World?

Grassroots football has come under incredible focus lately, particularly with the proposed formation of the European Super League and its potential impact on the existing pyramid structure in England. However, we’ve seen billions pumped into grassroots systems...

The 5 Best Ways to Watch a Football Match

The 5 Best Ways to Watch a Football Match

If you’re a football fan, it’s thankfully not hard to catch your favourite team playing - even if you can’t be there in person. In fact, there have never been so many ways to watch football, whether you’re at home, at a mate’s house or out and about with friends. But...

Evolution of Football Rules Over Time

Evolution of Football Rules Over Time

You might not think it, but football rules have changed considerably over time. What we now know as ‘the beautiful game’ has actually been through quite a few changes. The sport we know and love today was actually pretty different when it first started. In this blog...

A Brief History of Football				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3/5							(10)

A Brief History of Football 3/5 (10)

It remains one of the world’s most loved sports, and one which crosses international boundaries, cultures and all demographics. Football - or ’soccer’, as it might be known in your area - also has a fascinating history about which you may not be aware. Why look into...

An Introduction to Futsal				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(1)

An Introduction to Futsal 5/5 (1)

What is Futsal? Futsal is a variant of football that is played indoors on a hard-court floor, smaller than a normal football pitch. It does have similar features to five-a-side football such as the number of players (one goalkeeper and four outfield players) but no...

Benefits of Base Layer				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.78/5							(9)

Benefits of Base Layer 4.78/5 (9)

Base layers look good but they aren't just a fashion statement. Base layers are garments made to purpose with technology to help improve player performance. From aiding in muscle recovery to improving comfort, there are benefits to base layers. Muscle Recovery The...

Stay Hydrated				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3.87/5							(15)

Stay Hydrated 3.87/5 (15)

There is a reason why we regularly see players utilising stoppages to grab a water bottle and rehydrate during football matches. Being adequately hydrated can be the difference between having that extra bit of energy to get past an opponent or running out of stream at...

Forward’s Movement				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	2.71/5							(7)

Forward’s Movement 2.71/5 (7)

This drill is aimed at developing a forward’s movement. There are three demonstrable examples to work on which can produce dynamic attacks for your team: movement with the ball, movement against the ball and offside to onside. Movement with the Ball Form a back four...

Winger Challenges

Winger Challenges

This drill focuses on winger-specific challenges that look to increase a wide player’s effectiveness through individual components including cutting inside, deliveries and running in behind. Cutting Inside   One player in the centre of the field plays the ball to...

Full-Back Challenges

Full-Back Challenges

This drill is position-specific and focuses on challenging the full-backs within your team, honing their ability to cross, block crosses and switch play to add new dimensions to your team. Crossing Set-up two coned lines forming a path towards the 18-yard box Two...

Centre-Back Challenges

Centre-Back Challenges

This drill looks to promote proactive centre-backs for optimum effectiveness through three different components: screening, breaking lines and blocking shots. Screening Set-up the area to accommodate your needs and intended outcome Players at each end combine passes...

Striker Challenges				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(1)

Striker Challenges 5/5 (1)

This drill features striker-specific challenges that look to improve and develop a striker’s individual contribution and ability. This is achieved through drills that focus on reactions, running in behind and quick counters. Reactions Litter the box with a number of...

No.10 Challenges

No.10 Challenges

This drill centres around the no. 10 role and looks to strengthen individual aspects of a player’s game in this position to create dynamic and innovative attacks through screening and subverting previous drills surrounding the offside trap and blocking shots....

How To Become A Football Club Secretary				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(2)

How To Become A Football Club Secretary 5/5 (2)

cssThe secretary is one of the most important roles in a club or league. The main point of contact for your County FA, team managers and clubs/leagues, the secretary will look after the administrative duties for the club/league. Often, a volunteer who loves the game...

How To Become A Football Club Treasurer				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(4)

How To Become A Football Club Treasurer 5/5 (4)

When starting a football team, one of the most overlooked but equally important roles within a football club is the club treasurer. A club treasurer is integral to the smooth running of the club, so you’ll need to work closely with the entire club committee. As the...

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