New (dates) Coerver Coaching Academies & Workshops

Coerver Coaching are opening new Training Academies and running their coaching workshops around Leinster and Munster. For further information email Stuart for Leinster and Jason for Munster.



TUESDAYS – Blackrock, Dundalk

  • 4-6 year olds @ 4-5pm
  • 7-14 year olds @ 5-6pm

Navan 6-14 year olds



  • 4-6 year olds @ 4-5pm
  • 7-14 year olds@ 5-6pm

THURSDAYS – Celbridge 

  • 6-14 year olds @ 5-7pm

FRIDAYS – Spawell, Templeogue

  • 6-14 year olds @ 7-8pm

Also Blanchardstown starting March 2015


  • March 8th Coerver introduction Cert (3HRS)
  • July 11the/12the Coerver Diploma Course

For additional information or to book email Stuart at

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Coerver Coaching, the world’s no1 skills teaching method


Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma – Limerick 

Coerver® Coaching is the worlds leading football education brand, endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations. Inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke.

“As part of our commitment to soccer development in Munster, I am delighted to confirm Limerick as a chosen venue for Coerver ‘s 2015 Youth Diploma Program, and welcome Scott back to Ireland to deliver the course.

Jason Brown, Coerver Coaching Munster Technical Director.

Coerver’s Youth Diploma Course is the foundation course of our coach education pathway. The course runs for 12 hours (9:30 to 4:30 each day) and is delivered by Scott Wright, Stoke City FC & Coerver UK Director.
The curriculum has been developed over the last 30 years and is designed specifically to compliment existing Football Federation coaching pathways

pieDay 1
Coerver Approach (theory)
Warm Up & Speed (practical)
Coerver Curriculum (theory)
Change of Direction (practical)

Day 2
Coerver Session Planning (theory)
Group Play (practical)
Tips to be a Better Coach (theory)
Model Coerver Session (practical)

The purpose of the Youth Diploma is to help you, whether you are a professional academy coach, senior , junior ,youth coach, teacher or parent to plan & deliver more effective youth coaching sessions .As delivered to many Professional Clubs & organisations including Real Madrid, Man City, Stoke City, Benfica, Sevilla, Werder Bremen

For further details and to book your place online


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Coach Talk

COACHTALK: Alf Galustian, Coerver Coaching

I got to speak with the legend that is Alf Galustian before he headed off across the world to conduct another Coerver Coaching Workshop. Alf will be back in Dublin in a couple of weeks to head up the Coerver Youth Diploma at Tolka Park.

When did you start coaching?

I started coaching at 25,after a serious knee injury,and obtained my FA and USSF badges soon after

What is Coerver Coaching?

Coerver Coaching is two things:

a) A Soccer Skills Teaching system,devised by Charlie Cooke and myself,inspired by the philosophy of Wiel Coerver,the great dutch coach.The System has continued to evolve since 1984.

b) A Global Soccer Education business,that Charlie and I startled in the USA in 1984,with one camp. Today we have Coerver Coaching activities in 35 countries.

At what age should a player start mastering their balls skills?

In Coerver Coaching we have 4 “Golden Ages” for developing good skills:

1) 4 – 6:This is an age where coordination and balance is being mastered,and in Coerver we use the ball to improve these,however,through fun games rather than drills

2) 7-11 : This age group we focus on ball mastery and moves ( 1 v 1). Players learning thru repetition,again disguised by fun games or competition rather than drills

3) 12 – 16: Here we focus on players using the skills effectively in games: The “When and where”. We have devised drills and games that allow the players many decision making options.

4) 17-21: Here we focus on Position Specific Technical training and the use of technical practices to improve conditioning.

Does Coerver Develop Game Intelligence?

The Coerver Method is deliberate,planned practice of increasing difficulty. Every core Skill : 1v1/Running with the ball/Passing/First touch has 3 parts:

1) Perfecting the skill through repetition

2) Graduated Pressure Defending

3: Full game pressure : this is the part that game intelligence develops. Each Coerver session devotes 30% of the total session time to this part of development.

You’re working with kids all over the world, how do we compare to other nations on technical ability?

I think we need to divide into Grassroots and “Elite ” Player. In Grassroots I think British and Irish kids, 8 to 16, are probably the same as in most European countries. I think Japan , USA and Australia of the countries I worked in ,are probably ahead of us.

Regarding Elite player development,I have worked for 17 National Federations and many of the worlds top pro clubs. For example I would say between 7 and 11 kids at EPL clubs can be compared to any in the World. I think between 12 and 16 the gap widens; Spain. Italy,France,Germany especially are better. Not necessarily the best kids but producing more ( Its the depth that seems to be different)

At what age should we coach to win?Alf G1

I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to win. I believe in all sports competition is important. However, I think we should value performance more than winning up to 16 years old.

Do you have any other thought on winning over development?

I think its helpful if coaches can explain to parents why they value performance more than winning in the development phase. Once it is explained then you are more likely to get parents/kids support.

What age should we move to 11v11 football?

Most countries it’s 12 and up. I would agree with that

If there was one thing you could change about kids football, what would it be?

Again depends on the country,but for UK and Ireland,I would say correct coaches education for those working with 6 to 16 year olds.

You’re a mentor to many many coaches, but do you have any mentors?

Wiel Coerver . After him I have been lucky to have worked closely Gerad Houliier and Aime Jaquet France, Carlos Parriera Brazil, Juergen Klnismann Geramny; I have learnt from all of them

What does the future hold for youth development in Ireland and the UK?

Again I think in grassroots football we are on the right road; more debate,more funding,more opportunity. In the elite game,in my opinion, we are still behind; what we teach and how we teach. This is not a criticism on the very many good youth coaches at pro clubs; in fact I think they should be supported more ; more education and better salaries.

The next Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma Course will be held at Tolka Park on 17th and 18th August.

Venue: Shelbourne FC Tolka Park Dublin

Date: 17/18 Aug 2103

Cost: €229.00 incs new 5 set coerver dvd and all course books and certificate of attendance

To book or for more information on coerver coaching contact

@coerveralf, @CoerverCoaching

Next Up: Interviews with Lisa Fallon @lisafallonsport and Hugo Vicente @hrsvicente

Coaching Clinics

Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma Dublin & Belfast

Following the success of the Youth Diploma in Dublin last year which was attended by 96 coaches, and the recent diploma course held in Galway, Coerver Coaching is delighted to announce two further Youth Diploma courses taking place in Dublin and Belfast in August. Expert tuition will be provided to all attendees by former Chelsea legend and Coerver Coaching Co Founder Charlie Cooke and Coerver Coaching Ireland Director Austin Speight.

The Youth Diploma course will take place at the following dates and venues:

New University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Belfast – August 18th & 19th

Oscar Traynor Development Centre, Coolock, North Dublin – August 25th & 26th

The Diploma

The purpose of the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma is to give attendees, whether you are a professional academy coach, junior coach, teacher or parent a greater understanding of how to plan & deliver more effective coaching sessions.

This will be made possible by learning to use the New Coerver® Coaching Session Planner which will provide a quick & easy solution for all attendees who would like to construct weekly, monthly or even season long programmes using proven, high quality drills & games from Coerver® Coaching, “The Worlds’ Number 1 Soccer Skills Teaching Method”.

Course Overview

The Coerver ® Coaching Youth Diploma is a 2-day course that has been broken down into 4 modules that will be presented through lecture presentations & practical demonstrations:

  • Module 1 –
    The Coerver® Approach To Coaching
  • Module 2 –
    The Coerver® Curriculum
  • Module 3 –
    Coerver® Session Planning for your Season
  • Module 4 –
    Coerver® Tips To Be A Better Coach

Charlie Cooke

Charlie played for Aberdeen and Dundee in the Scottish First Division before joining Chelsea in the English First Division in 1966 where he played for the next 11 years. He made 380 league and Cup appearances for the Blues and played in four Cup Finals, winning the English F.A. Cup in 1970 against Leeds and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1971 against Real Madrid. He also played 16 times for the Scottish National Team and a World Select Team in 1979. He shares the Chelsea club record of three Player of The Year awards with Gianfranco Zola and in 2005 Chelsea’s Centenary celebration year he was selected for the Chelsea All Time XI.

Coerver Coaching Ireland

Coerver Coaching runs a weekly Performance Academy for boys and girls aged 6-14 in South Country Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Castlebar and will be opening several new centres in the coming months. Coerver will also be holding Player Development Camps at Easter and throughout the Summer at various locations throughout the country. Coerver Coaching Ireland also offer coach education clinics to clubs with the main focus being the Coerver Pyramid of Player Development and how this can be used to develop the technical level of young players.



For more information about Coerver Coaching in Ireland and to book a place on the Youth Diploma contact Austin Speight on 086 796 9974 or email

Austin is the Director of Coerver Coaching in Ireland and is a former coach at Manchester City, West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers. Austin has worked with players such as Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole, Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett.


The cost of the Youth Diploma is €239 and includes the 5 Disc Session Planner DVD worth €69.99 and all course material.

On Behalf of Coerver Coaching Ireland

Coaching Irish Grassroots Football

Coerver Coaching Diploma

Its great to see, finally so many different coaching clinics, workshops, camps etc now in Ireland. This year along we have already had FCBarcelona and Ajax coaches inspire our own great coaches and with Horst Wein here this weekend could we have asked for better, I think not…

I firmly believe the intelligent coach is catching on and a restructuring of the entire game starting at the youngest ages is really want we all want. For too long now, we have been implementing everything England does and now its time to look to the like of Spain, Portugal and Holland etc. This is where Youth Development is at its best.

“All we have to do now is get rid of the people running these leagues, who will not accept  the change the children so badly need”

Coerver Weekend

Which leads me to Coerver a global soccer coaching programme inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke. The very first Coerver Diploma Course will be conducted at the Oscar Traynor Centre this August and although is not for everyone i’m certainly interested in learning what its all about.

If anyone is interested in doing the Coerver Diploma they should contact The course has already attracted 4 from London & the South East and of the 32 counties they have coaches from 25 attending. Tells me coaches are also interested in it!

The book will be closed at 110 coaches for the 2 day seminar on August Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th and I have been told everyone attending must be pre booked and paid, they will not accept any walk ins on the day.

The Course

The purpose of the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma is to give attendees, whether you are a professional academy coach, junior coach, teacher or parent a greater understanding of how to plan & deliver more effective coaching sessions.

Camera crews & Media Photographers will be at the event along with several Irish & UK sports journalists.

All attendants will take away all the sessions in book format which will also have DVD references on each session for easy reference in future, along with new 5 set DVD.

* Book with all sessions from weekend in colour and ref guides for DVDS

* New Coerver DVD set.

* August edition of our media partner 442 magazine.

* Tactx – our session planner, used by UEFA. Offer of 50% off 1 year subscription, look on

* Coerver Youth Diploma Certificate.

* Copy of group photograph of the course.

Times both days is 10am-4pm. (Registration on the first day is no later than 9.30am. They will start 10am sharp!)

So with only a few places left on the Coerver coaching course and if you were thinking some weeks ago “I would like to do that”, then I suggest you head straight to the booking page and grab one of the last few places available.

Like I said it may not be for everyone but no harm in feeding the mid with more football coaching techniques.

I hope to be there!!