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How to defend like England: overloads

Do your players know what to do when they’re outnumbered? This article is part of a series on the defensive tactics of our national teams. This time, we explain how their approach can help you get your players ready to handle overloads.

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How to defend like England: space in wide areas

How do your players handle open space on the pitch? This article is part of a series on the defensive tactics of our national teams. This time, we explain how their approach can help you prepare your players to defend the space in wide areas.

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How to defend like England: space in behind

Want to stop the opposition from taking advantage of the area behind your defenders? This article is part of a series on the defensive tactics of our national teams. This time, we explain how their approach can help you prepare your players to defend the space ‘in behind’. 

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How to defend like England: transition 

Switching from attack to defence isn’t always easy. So how do you handle transition in football? This article is part of a series on the defensive tactics of our national teams. This time, we explain how their approach can help you prepare your players for defending in transition.

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How to defend like England: an introduction 

Looking to improve your players’ defensive tactics? This is the first in a series of articles on what you can learn from our national teams. This time, we cover the basics of an effective defence, and what that means for you. 

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Practice design in football: four-goal games

Planning your training session? In a series of articles, we examine five activities to help engage and develop your players. Here, in the final part of the series, we look at four-goal games.

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How to build trust with your players

Are your players performing at their best? If not, it might be a trust issue. FA county coach developer, Adam Furness, explains why trust is so important in football training, and gives seven top tips to help coaches build it.

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How to improve communication with your players 

Effective interaction is an essential part of coaching. In this article, we explore 10 ways to improve your skills.

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Gareth Southgate: my coaching approach 

England manager, Gareth Southgate, explains why empathy and empowerment are key to his coaching approach.  

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How to develop your coaching philosophy

Inspired by Chris Morris, FA coach developer and ex-professional footballer, we explain how to develop a coaching approach that’s personal to you.

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How to help players handle winning and losing

How do you respond when emotions run high? Young teams might struggle to deal with the results of a football match. Pete Sturgess, FA national coach for players aged 5-11, explains nine things you can do to help.

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Pre-season football training for young players

Need to get your players aged 5-12 ready for the new season? Pete Sturgess, FA national coach for the Foundation Phase, gives ten top tips for working with your team the summer before the season starts.

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How football helps players to develop life skills

Inspired by Ceri Bowley, a former FA coach mentor, we examine how football can help players develop essential life skills. 

What you need to know about Ramadan and football

Do you coach Muslim players? Get to know what’s involved in the Islamic month of Ramadan, so that you can make the right accommodations at this time.

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How to tell if your season has been a success

So, the season’s at an end. As a coach, should you be celebrating or commiserating? Well, there’s more than one way to define success. For a balanced view of your achievements, ask yourself these five questions. 

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What to do when football training doesn’t go to plan

If your coaching session plan is thrown off by something unexpected, do you know how to handle it? Here are ten top tips to deal with any surprise scenario and put your players back on track.

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How to improve player behaviour in training

Poor behaviour disrupting your football training? Here are seven ways for coaches to handle behavioural issues for calm and productive sessions.

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How to design challenges for your football team

Looking for new ways to motivate your players? Try setting individual and team challenges in both training and games. These 10 top tips are a great place to start.