Author Archives: markfc713

About markfc713

Enthusiastic, aspiring football coach.

Football Tactics: Arrigo Saachi’s 4-4-2

Arrigo Saachi’s 4-4-2 system utilised with AC Milan. Arrigo Sacchi’s route to the AC Milan hot-seat wasn’t of a traditional manager of a top European club with a stellar career which naturally parachuted him into a top job but from … Continue reading

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Session: Coach A Team To Defend Against Combination Play

Coach A Team To Defend Against Combination Play A session I coached to coach a team to defend against combination play. Session begins with a functional practice then moves into a phase of play. I spent approximately 20 minutes with … Continue reading

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Barca v Barca

Barcelona play Barcelona in a small sided match. Tito vs Pep. Watch the video here.

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Practice, instruction and skill acquisition in soccer: Challenging tradition

An interesting read by A. MARK WILLIAMS & NICOLA J. HODGES on skill acquisition in soccer. Skill Acquisition In Soccer

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Practice…

When growing up, a phrase that was often repeated by our coaches was “practice makes perfect”. But does it? During my football coaching, I always encourage my players to practice a technique or skill outside of the football session and … Continue reading

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Session: Coach A Team To Produce And Score From Crosses

Coaching a team to produce and score from crosses A session I recently coached on my UEFA B course as a mock assessment starting with a functional practice, finishing with a phase of play. Remarks The session progressed well. The … Continue reading

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Football Tactics: Total Football

Over the course of the next few months, I will look at numerous footballing formations utilised by various teams. In my latest blog, I’ll briefly look at Total Football, the style that still inspires modern football. In 1960s Netherlands, a … Continue reading

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Barcelona Philosophy

Barcelona Coaching Philosophy An interesting document circulating the internet about Barcelona’s philosophy discussing formation, systems of play and the qualities expected of each player. Barcelona Coaching Philosophy

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Session: Coach A Team To Improve Flank Play In A Functional Practice

A session recently ran with my eleven a side team on coaching a team to improve flank play in a functional practice. Key Factors: – Position Of Wide Player – Full Back Support – Crossing Opportunities – Support Infield – … Continue reading

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Session: Working with two strikers to create shooting opportunities in a functional practice

A session recently ran with my eleven a side team on creating shooting opportunities with two strikers in a functional practice Key Factors – Movement To Receive – Receiving Position: Side On? Back To Goal? – Pass Selection/Quality – First … Continue reading

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