After joining Liverpool in 1992, goalkeeper David James asked the first-team coach Ronnie Moran where the goalkeeper coach was, and Moran replied, “Goalkeeping coach? Ray Clemence never had a goalkeeping coach!”
Football has seen a huge change over the last decade or so with more top-level sides adopting a possession-based style of play. But has the FA’s change of approach improved youth football at the grassroots level?
Former Stevenage Borough manager Graham Westley has a somewhat mixed reputation in English football with some acrimonious departures from several lower league clubs. However his positive and confident personality was perfect for a session focused on playing on the front foot.
As a youth soccer coach, your main focus is normally going to be doing what your job title says – coaching your team to improve their performance. However, it’s also absolutely crucial to form relationships with parents as well as the players.