Behavioural Management

John Allpress, former FA National Young Player Development Coach, and Merfyn Roberts, Sports Psychologist, focus on the skills that coaches can use when faced with behaviour management issues during coaching sessions.

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Counter Attacking

In this Online CPD session, Dick Bate delivers a practical session on counter-attacking. Here, he introduces his session, outlining four different methods.

Dick references Franco Baresi, as the model defender: his body shape was never flat, hips turned ready to win the race for any balls played in behind.

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Creative counter attacking

In this online CPD session, Gareth Southgate provides an insight into the coaching methods used with the U21 squad and how this approach to practice will be adopted by all England’s youth teams.

During this session, the former England defender focuses on creative attacking play and breaking down a compact defence.

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Developing creativity

In this CPD session , FA Technical Lead for players aged 12-16, Dan Micciche, looks at the challenges coaches working in this age group may face in developing creativity and a range of practical ways that these challenges can be overcome.

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Developing possession

Pete Trevivian, Senior FA Youth Coach Educator, focuses on improving decision making skills and technique to help players play through the thirds of the pitch.

Trevivian uses a restricted practice area and the 'interference' created by the other groups to challenge the decision-making skills of the players.

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Futsal Transference

Julie Callaghan, FA Regional Coach Development Manager, delivers a Futsal coaching session focusing on possession and counter-attacking.

The players are asked to consider the use of their shoulders when looking to lose their marker - by lining up the inside shoulder with the defender’s.

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Goalkeeper practices

Simon Smith is The FA’s National Goalkeeper coach working with goalkeepers in England’s youth teams U16-U19.

In this Masterclass he looks at how to develop effective goalkeeping practices in restricted areas.

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Possession

Pete Sturgess, The FA’s National Coach for players aged 5-11 provides a fascinating insight into what possession may mean for young players in the foundation phase (ages 5-11).

Pete stresses that until young players have mastery of the ball at their feet, then it may be ineffective to start asking them to get their head up to pass the ball.

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Young goalkeepers

Simon Smith, England Youth Goalkeeping Coach, focuses on the basic technical principles that form the cornerstone of any young goalkeeper’s development. During this session, Smith works with players in the foundation phase to showcase a series of practices that work on players’ handling, catching and movement technique.

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Aidy Boothroyd, England U19s head coach, explores all three across five practices that challenge the players' defensive skills, both as a team and individually, within in a series of increasingly difficult scenarios.

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