4 key things current NPL senior players are missing due to their development

For our youth coaches to understand what our developing players require they need to understand and take note of what our current pool of senior players are missing. In my recent exposure to the senior environment within Victorian NPL football it is visible that our players require ongoing development even at senior level. However, due to the pressure of achieving results and semi professional environments, the focus on individual development …

9 tips for parents & coaches working with children from 5-11 years of age

There are so many volunteer parents who dedicate their time to help children in youth sports. Even though my recommendation is that parents should not coach their own child as it can be confusing for the child, I acknowledge and thank all of those parents who do help in providing an opportunity for the next generation of players to a sporting activity and team environment. You as a parent or …

11 tips for parents in youth football

Parents obviously contribute enormously to the wellbeing and development of their children. Youth football parents are so important in helping their children develop into a better individual footballer. Every parent wants the best for their child, however, the best can sometimes be misunderstood and can impact the child’s football development without even knowing it. Parents can either have a positive or negative influence on their child’s sporting life, depending on …

Youth Football – Winning vs. Development  

The concept of Development vs. Winning in youth football is an ongoing hot topic that is heavily debated among coaches, parents and supporters of the global game. Development and winning are both an essential part of football, but which area should we focus on when it comes to youth football, and at what age? Are we focusing on the short-term win at the expense of long-term development? What is more important …