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England's Beth Mead shoots from inside the six-yard box, with the inside of her left foot, and scores against Luxembourg.
Different finishing techniques in football

From toe pokes to volleys, we explore some techniques your team can use to put the ball in the back of the net.

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How to design a football shooting session

Inspired by Matt Jones and Ian Parkes, FA coach developers, we drill into what makes a good finishing session.

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What is finishing in football?

We explore finishing, why it matters and how it can help you develop skilful players.

What makes a good football coach
What makes a good football coach?

Just getting involved in football and wondering what makes a good coach? Here are a few things for you to consider.

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How to create a good environment for girls’ football

We explore simple ways to welcome players to your sessions – especially if they’re new to the game.

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Play the Women's Euro 2022 final in your next coaching session

FA national coach developer, Amy Price, explains how you can use the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final as a template for a number of game-based coaching sessions.

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How to design a coaching session around an international tournament

International tournaments create a buzz like nothing else. Why not use the excitement to inspire and engage your players at training?

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10 ways to engage your players during international tournaments

The excitement around international tournaments is a great way to inspire your players. They may be on their summer break, but their learning doesn’t need to stop. Here are 10 ways to use these events to engage your players over the summer months. 

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'How to give your players ownership'

What makes a good environment in football? 

We explore what it means to create a good environment, why it matters and how it can help you develop skilful players.  

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What is a format in football? 

We explore what a format is, why it matters and how using different types can develop your team’s skills.

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How to help your players reach their potential

We explore what an inspirational opportunity is, why it matters and how you can provide it in your training sessions.

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How to build a tackling session

Using the STEP framework as a handy guide, this article will help you design sessions that work on challenging for the ball. 

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How to coach tackling in football

Ever wondered what makes a player good at tackling? We explore how The FA's core capabilities can help your team master this skill.

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What is tackling in football?

We explore what tackling is, why it matters and how you can help your team develop this essential skill.

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How to coach passing in football

Ever wondered what makes a player good at passing? This article explores how The FA’s core capabilities can help your team master this skill.

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What is passing in football?

We explore what passing is, why it matters and how to help your team develop this essential skill.

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'How to build a football session: pressing'

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How to coach pressing in football

Ever wondered what makes a player good at pressing? We explore how The FA's core capabilities can help your team master this football skill.  

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What is pressing in football?

We explore what pressing is, why it matters and how you can help your team develop this essential football skill.

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Make coaching personal with the STEP framework

Your players are all different, so why train them in the same way? Use the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 2002) to design sessions that work for every player, no matter their ability. 

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Why you should try 7-a-side football

Want to give your players a flavour of 11v11 without sacrificing the benefits of smaller-sided formats? Try 7-a-side football to maximise player interaction and decision-making. 

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Why you should try futsal in training

Ready to ramp up the pace? Use futsal to sharpen your teams’ all-round skills, quick-thinking and ability to play in tight spots. It’s the perfect small-sided game.

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Why you should try 3v3 small-sided games

What do your players need to work on? Whether it’s pressing or passing, for maximum contact with the ball, give 3v3 small-sided football a try. 

Five interviews you may have missed in 2021

As we approach the end of the year, we've rounded up five footballer interviews you may have missed in 2021.

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Five football sessions you may have missed in 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we drill into five coaching sessions you may have missed this year.

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How to coach intercepting

Ever wondered what makes a player good at intercepting? This article explores how The FA's core capabilities can help your team master this skill.

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What is an interception in football?

We explore what intercepting is, why it matters and how to help your team develop this essential skill.

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How to coach receiving skills in football

Sharon Muxworthy, FA coach development officer, shares ways to help your players develop their football receiving skills.

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What is receiving in football? 

We explain what receiving is, why it matters and how to help your team develop their receiving skills.

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What is dribbling in football?

We introduce what it means to dribble, why it matters and how to help your team develop this skill.

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The best players of EURO 2020

After a year's delay, international tournaments were back. And so was world-class talent. But performed best in Euro 2020? And how can you develop similar skilful players?

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Top tips for dribbling in football

Vinny Halsall, FA physical education officer, shares simple tips to help your players move with the ball.

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How to design a session that improves your players' finishing skills 

Want to work on finishing but unsure how to do it? Here, we look at how to help your players develop this skill. 

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What makes a goal skilful?

Which is a skilful goal: a simple tap-in or an outside-of-the-box finish? Turns out, it can be both. To showcase this, we review five goals and highlight the skilful moments that made them possible.  

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The importance of finishing in football 

Using Euro 2020 as inspiration, we drill down into why finishing matters and how to coach it in your sessions.   

Sol Campbell: becoming a centre-back 

Former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender, Sol Campbell, talks about what helped him develop into the player he was and looks at the skills needed to be a modern-day centre-back. 

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What is a counter-attack in football?

We explore what a counter-attack is, why it matters and how to help your team develop this essential skill. 

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire: developing a defender

England defender, Harry Maguire, discusses some of the factors that helped him on his journey from grassroots to the heart of defence for club and country. 

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Wayne Rooney: skill development 

England men’s record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, explains how he went from casual kickabouts to one of the country's most skilful players.  

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How to deal with parents in football

Managing potentially pushy parents can be tricky – even experienced coaches sometimes struggle. But, if you get your interactions right, parents and carers can play a huge part in developing skilful players. So, here are three simple ways to get them onside.

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans: developing my defending skills 

Leicester City defender, Jonny Evans, reflects on his career so far to highlight what helped him become a skilful Premier League centre-back. 

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Lucy Bronze: becoming a skilful player 

England right-back, Lucy Bronze, provides insight into what helped her become a world-class defender. 

John Barnes
John Barnes: skills and values 

Former England winger, John Barnes, looks back on what helped him excel in the role – giving advice to coaches and players alike. 

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Ashley Cole: defending skills and attributes 

Former England left-back, Ashley Cole, reflects on what it took to master the position and develop into a world-class defender.

How to defend like England: crosses

Are your players equipped to handle a cross? 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 against crosses.

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How to defend like England: roles and responsibilities 

Do your players know who is doing what, and when? 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 develop your players’ understanding of roles and responsibilities when defending.

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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.

Two womens football teams playing against each other.  Looking at the football pitch from above, 7 players of one team  can be seen wearing white. The other team wears green tops with red shorts and yellow socks. The team in green have the ball and are approaching the opposing net while the team in white defend.
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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Practice design in football: two-goal games

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

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Practice design in football: line-ball games

Planning your training session? In a series of articles, we examine five activities to help engage and develop your players. Here, we look at line-ball games.

Practice design in football: parallel games

Planning your training session? In a series of articles, we examine five activities to help engage and develop your players. Here, we look at parallel games.

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Practice design in football: target games

Planning your training session? In a series of articles, we examine five activities to help engage and develop your players. Here, we look at target games. 

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Seven must-dos for matchday

Saturday and Sunday mornings can be a joy – and a challenge. If you've ever spent them managing your own emotions, a tense team or prickly parents, then these top tips could help. 

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick: coaching elite players

Michael Carrick, former Manchester United player and coach, discusses his approach to working with senior players at the elite level of the game. 

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The FA 4 Corner Model

The FA 4 Corner Model provides a holistic approach to player development.

Michael Carrick passes the ball
Michael Carrick: the art of passing

Michael Carrick, former England and Manchester United midfielder, shares his thoughts on the art of passing and receiving.

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How to create varied football coaching sessions

Planning your training shouldn’t be boring. Danny Fenner, an FA coach developer, explains how to mix things up.

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How to coach teenage football players

Do you work with teenagers? Want to plan for the season ahead? FA county coach developer Peter Augustine has eight top tips to make football for teenagers as enjoyable as it is productive. 

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The best techniques for coaching young players

Are you responsible for training a young football team? Want to develop their skills while making your sessions as enjoyable as possible? Former FA player development coach, John Allpress, has eight top tips for working with young players.

How to coach blind football

Inspired by Jonathan Pugh, England Blind head coach, we've created this list of top tips for coaching blind footballers. 

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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.

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers: my football philosophy 

During his time at Swansea City, current Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, talked to us about his footballing philosophy.

A young player dribbles the ball in training
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 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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Gareth Southgate: my coaching approach 

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

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Benefits of playing futsal for young players

Training your team over the winter? Indoor futsal is the perfect game to play. FA youth coach developer, Ian Bateman, gives 10 reasons why.

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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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How to coach an unexpected number of players

You’re expecting 14 players at a session, but only 11 turn up. What do you do? Rob Ward, U9s grassroots coach and FA Youth Award holder, gives some top tips for adapting to uneven or smaller than expected numbers at football training. 

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Cardiac arrest in football: what to do if it happens

We’ve all seen players fall over. But what happens if they don’t get up? Collapse is often the first sign of sudden cardiac arrest. You must be able to recognise the symptoms and take action to deal with this serious medical emergency. 

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Concussion guidance for football coaches

This article introduces how to recognise and manage a concussion in football. It also signposts The FA's official concussion guidance.

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How to solve common coaching problems in football

Tricky time at training? In this article, we examine 10 common coaching problems – plus how to solve them.

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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. 

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How to connect with players before a training session 

Want to get football training off to the best start? Then tell your players the aims of each session before you dive in. The FA’s Lawrence Lok explains why this is important, what it looks like, and five ideas to engage your players. 

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The relationship of trust when working with under-18s

When it comes to working with young people, what’s expected of you? As a coach to a player or a mentor to a young leader, you’re in a relationship of trust. Here’s what that means for how you must behave towards them.  

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How to improve your communication skills

Want to up your game when it comes to coaching your players? FA coach mentor Sam Griffiths gives 15 top tips to improve your communication skills on the football pitch. 

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How to manage player behaviour in football

Inspired by Merfyn Roberts, FA coach educator, we outline 10 tips to improve player behaviour.  

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