Improving Communication With Your Team
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by Gary Curneen
4d ago
At a time when digital communication impacts so much of our lives, it's perhaps only natural that more coaches are struggling around the area of communication with their team. In addition to our reliance on technology, another recent impact could be the increase of tactical models at every level of the game. This generation of players could be the first who are exposed to 'game models' from their early experiences in the game and, although this has the capacity to increase tactical understanding, it also has the potential to remove the player from the conversations on the training pitch. So m ..read more
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Creating Realistic Shooting Practices (FREE PDF!)
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by Gary Curneen
1w ago
Balancing repetition with realism can be a constant challenge for a coach when designing a shooting practice for their team. Of course, there is a time and place for repetitive practice, but when you are working with a full team who play in different positions and will therefore have see a range of different pictures throughout the game, it is perhaps better to move from shooting 'practice' to shooting 'exercises'. The objective of the exercises are to expose your attacking players to more variability with finishing techniques, more situations where they have to create a shot rather than bein ..read more
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Scanning: Drills and Principles
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by Gary Curneen
2w ago
As increasing levels of information and education reach the coaching community, we are more aware than ever in the importance of scanning and decision making, particularly when it comes to player development. However, while the research in this area has grown, the understanding around implementation and training methodology has arguably still to catch up. In this week's MSC Breakdown, we go back to an interview that we did in 2021 with Karl Marius Aksum. Karl has PhD in Visual Perception in Elite Football. He also has a Master's Degree in Coaching and Psychology and wrote his Master's thesis ..read more
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High Intensity Exercises to Kick-Off 2023
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by Gary Curneen
3w ago
After a layoff for the holidays, coaches are usually very keen to get everyone back to the previous levels of fitness that were already gained throughout the first half of the season. Below are three ideas to re-establish principles in terms of possession, defending, or even simply highlighting the attitude and energy required at every level of the game. These exercises can be used as warm-ups or at different phases of the session and can also be adjusted to suit game models and physical demands. As always, monitoring load and fatigue are crucial to the success of a training program. You cann ..read more
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Best Soccer Books of 2022!!
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by Gary Curneen
1M ago
As 2022 wraps up, we have taken a look at some of the best soccer books from the year and picked out five of our best. Although some of these books are not ‘coaching books’ per say, they do provide perspectives and insights from different cultures and times that can benefit coaches working at every level of the game. We recommend that you check out the books below and we also appreciate all the support to Modern Soccer Coach throughout the year. The Immortals - The Season My Milan Team Re-Invented Football Although I was a massive fan of Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team growing up, and his 4-4 ..read more
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World Cup Tactical Trends!
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by Gary Curneen
1M ago
We were recently joined by ,Matt Ford - Academy Coach at Charlotte FC and Set-Piece Analyst to talk about the recent tournament and some key takeaways. Matt has shared some in-depth analysis around the World Cup tactical trends and also looked at how do they impact our coaching, specifically at youth level. The challenge with data and analysis at the elite level can sometimes lie in transferring it to the youth levels, but with a tournament that had such a big impact around the world, it has surely has created an opportunity for coaches at all levels to engage players in new ideas around the ..read more
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Luis Enrique and Spain's Rotations (So Far)
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by Gary Curneen
2M ago
It should have been difficult for Spain to live up to the hype heading into this World Cup tournament, but somehow they may have exceeded expectations in the opening games, yet still the majority of viewers are not surprised. Consistency in performance is the Holy Grail for coaches at every level, but sometimes when you arrive there you can move towards predictability and then you move in the other direction. Not only do you need creative players at the highest level, but you also need creative solutions on the sideline in order to continually stay ahead of the game. Luis Enrique ability to so ..read more
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Session Design with David Selini
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by Gary Curneen
2M ago
We were recently joined on the MSC Podcast by IFK Värnamo assistant coach, David Selini. Working at the top tier in Sweden, David caught our attention with some posts on social media this season where he not only shared exercises, but also explained the context behind each one and how it related to the game model at the club. Overall we discuss five exercises with David and each one has a different twist, either with organization or detail, that we feel can spark conversation or imagination amongst any group of coaches. Below is a picture of the first exercise that we discuss, centered looping ..read more
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Scoring on the Break!
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by Gary Curneen
2M ago
This week's MSC Breakdown focuses on the attacking transition side of the game and taking advantage of moments when the opponents are potentially disorganized and in moments where you can get a numerical overload in a high-value position. The statistics would show that the majority of goals are scored from transitions, but somehow it's an aspect of the game that is potentially overlooked on the training pitch. Why is that? Perhaps there is a stigma that you are preparing your team to play 'counter attacking football' and celebrating a somewhat negative side of the game. However, as discussed i ..read more
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Building a Career as a Tactical Analyst
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by Gary Curneen
3M ago
This week we were joined by Oliver Gage to discuss the world of analysis at the professional level, with an emphasis on how young analysts can build their resume and career effectively. Olly has worked at the professional level for a number of years in England with Sheffield Wednesday, MLS with Houston Dynamo, and Canada with Canadian Premier League. He has also recently launched a new analysis community called APFA (Association of Professional Football Analysts) and talks about the goals and objectives of that project in this interview. In Olly's eyes, football analysis has reached somewhat o ..read more
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