John Collins keen to bring foreign skill to Scots By Barry Anderson

May 03, 13 John Collins keen to bring foreign skill to Scots By Barry Anderson

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SITTING at a wind-swept five-a-side complex in Edinburgh, John Collins’ passion for proper youth development is fiercer than any gale outside. Scotland’s national team is slipping worryingly down the FIFA rankings and recruiting Collins indicates how the SFA aims to address declining standards. One of the country’s most...

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“Sin dolor no hay gloria” as a Spanish coach once said to me!

Apr 09, 13 “Sin dolor no hay gloria” as a Spanish coach once said to me!

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Being exceptional at something is often because to one’s genes. Talent is passed down from parents, grandparents  and even aunties or uncles it seems, whether it is musical or artistic skill, ability with numbers or being great at magic tricks. So say that no doubt there are significant genetic factors involved, but they say...

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The Future of Youth Development in Irish Football

On Monday March 25th, 2013  in block F at Blanchardstown IT, I will be hosting a talk about the direction of youth football in Ireland. The 4/5 main speakers will be talking about what they think is the future of Youth Development in Ireland and how we can learn from abroad. Sponsored By Jako Sports – Leading the way in...

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The English FA making steps…

Oct 27, 12 The English FA making steps…

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This week the English FA talked about further plans for the grassroots game to come in line with the rest of Europe and while the England, Scotland and Wales continue look to the future, Ireland still sits in darkness with only certain leagues trying to implement change for the benefit of the game. We are yet to hear of any plans...

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Benefits of Small Sided Games on Youth Players is Consequential

Apr 25, 12 Benefits of Small Sided Games on Youth Players is Consequential

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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced major changes to the game of football (soccer) today that has sent shock waves through all the major leagues and national federations.  Effective immediately the following changes will be made to all FIFA sanctioned matches: •The height of the goal is now...

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New Rules for Kids Football in Stockholm

Some weeks ago the Stockholm football federation announced a new set of rules that will quite dramatically change how football is experienced by children under the age of 14. The package of rules comes into effect in 2012 and clubs not signing up to them will be unable to receive certification to play in the Stockholm football...

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Martin Jol explains why England must back youth

Oct 01, 11 Martin Jol explains why England must back youth

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Martin Jol gives an in-depth insight into his tactical philosophy at Fulham, and explains why England must put more faith in youngsters. Interview with The Dugout How does the playing culture differ between England, Netherlands and Germany? I think you need to divide it between certain periods, because I played in England,...

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