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How preparing off the ball can improve receiving skills

Receiving is a core skill to master. But it’s not just about working on the moment someone controls the ball. Here, we explore what players need to do before the ball arrives to improve their receiving skills.

A young girl receives a pass during a small-sided game at a Wildcats training session.
How to build a receiving session

Using the STEP framework, we look at how to design sessions that work on receiving in football.

Three young players stand on the halfway line with a football at their feet during a training session.
How to coach the team your child plays for

Have you taken over your child's team to keep it going? Or perhaps you’ve started a team to get them involved? Making the transition from parent to coach can be challenging. So, here's some advice that could help.

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How to communicate and improve relationships with parents

Parents can be challenging. But working with them benefits your players and the environment you create. So, with insight from The FA’s Sharon Muxworthy and Danny Fenner, here are some ideas to help you communicate and improve relationships with parents.

A coach talking to a player at the side of a pitch during a match.
How to use communication effectively on matchday

Communication is an important tool for a football coach. But it can be difficult to use it wisely during a game. With insight from The FA’s Peter Augustine and Warren Hackett, we explore how to use communication effectively on matchday.

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Tools to help reflect on your coaching

Being able to reflect effectively is an essential skill for a coach. So, we explore how using different tools makes reflection easier, more consistent, and more rewarding.

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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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.

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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 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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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.

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.

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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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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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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 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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