Coaching Clinics

For the Diary: Coerver Diploma 2 & Michael Beale Liverpool FC

Two great events worth going to this month. First up Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma 2. I’m a big fan of isolated exercises, especially at the younger ages. I have seen huge benefits in repetition exercises with added input from the coach.

Coerver Youth Diploma 2 coach education course that will take place in DKIT Dundalk, on the Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th of March. It’s a two day workshop.

The course will be delivered by Coerver Coaching co-founder Alf Galustian

The Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma 2 course expands on the knowledge gained from the Youth Diploma 1 course with a focus on how to develop a team style through individual and small group skills teaching both in and out of possession.

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

  1. Module 1- The Coerver® Approach to Team Play (Theory) Developing the Coerver® Player “Code” (Practical).
  2. Module 2- The Coerver® Team Code – Box/Trap Defence (Theory) The Box/Trap Defence (Practical).
  3. Module 3- The Coerver® Team “Code” – The Box/Trap Attack (Theory) The Box/Trap Attack part 1 (Practical).
  4. Module 4- The Benefits of the Coerver® Team Style (Theory) The Box/Trap Attack Part 2 Finishing (Practical).

Youth Diploma 2 Course Instructor – Alfred Galustian and special guests over the weekend.

Alfred Galustian started his soccer career as a young player for Wimbledon. He is the Co-Founder and International Director of Coerver® Coaching, and has been largely responsible for building the program Globally.

To date Alfred has worked as a Coach Instructor with 17 national federations including the French, English, Japanese and Australian.

Alfred has also worked with over 50 top professional clubs including Bayern Munich FC, Manchester City FC, Real Madrid CF, Olympique Marseille, Arsenal FC and AC Milan.

During the 2010/11 Season Alfred was the Specialist Skills Coaching Advisor to the Premier League.

Alf was appointed Specialist Skills Advisor to the Premier LeagueTM during the 2010/11 season, assigned to help develop the next generation of Elite football coaches in this country, further endorsing his reputation for expertise in technical skills teaching.

Alf says of the course

“I am very happy to introduce our new Youth Diploma 2 course which is especially designed for coaches who have attended Youth Diploma 1. In this new course, we are going to focus on developing a team style; what skills individually and in small groups do players need? What do you teach them? How do you teach them?, not only the skills and tactics, but also the mental and attitude aspects” “During this course I’m going to share with attendees ,some of my personal experiences from working with some of the greatest clubs and federations in the world”.

“A particular focus of the course is to show you how to develop individual players that are multi-positional, both attackers and defenders, with all practices and games being adaptable to players of all ages and abilities”.

“We are really looking forward to delivering this new course and believe that our approach to developing a team style will be of great benefit to you, no matter the level you work at”.

Coaches Get:

  • 2-days of expert tuition from Coerver® Coaching Co-founder Alfred Galustian
  • Top Training facilities;
  • On-line access to the Youth Diploma 2 practical session video content;
  • Course Book resource full of drills and
  • Games for your sessions (64 page book);
  • Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma 2 Certificate of Attendance

Contact Stewart for more information or to register your place.

NDSL Coaches Workshop: 

Who: Michael Beale – Liverpool U21 manager 

When: Saturday 26th March – 1.00pm to 5pm.

Course details: Practical / theory workshop on how the Liverpool link academy through u21’s and into the  first team.

Michael is the current under 21 Liverpool Manager and he has written extensively on Player Development; having worked previously at Chelsea FC, he has written and designed many sessions on young players development through the small sided games. Michael is renowned for his excellent delivery of coaching sessions which can be applied across all age groups.  This event will be both Theory and Practical along with lots more information about Liverpool FC.

Interview with Michael Beale


  • The cost is €25 per person or Club Special 5 Coaches 100 Euro.
  • Tickets can be purchased in the NDSL Office prior the event
  • Pay on the – Easy Payments – system on NDSL Home Webpage under Michael Beale Event.

Contact Mitch Whitty @ 087 9513624.

Includes: 25 + practical sessions in the workshop. As always this is open to all leagues and coaches


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Irish Grassroots Football

Post – Future of Youth Development in Irish Football

Thanks to all you attended the talk the other night, in particular the speakers Mitch Whitty: NDSL Playing philosophy and changing the mentality, Austin Speight: Developing level of coaching at Pro clubs UK and France, Michael Lynam: Positive Coaching for Children/Young Players and Dermott Dalton: Horst Wein’s – Optimal Development Model.

The Clubs

We had coaches from Aungier Celtic, Bohemians FC, Cabinteely FC, Castleknock Celtic FC, Crumlin United, Dunboyne AFC, DDLS referees, NDSL Academy, Premier Skills Ireland, Lourdes Celtic FC, Newbridge Town FC, Portlaoise AFC, Shelbourne FC, Trim Celtic AFC, Ratoath Harps, including journalist from the Times, The Herald and The Star.

What was said

Some really good points made:

  • Summer football.
  • All year around football.
  • Non competitive until 12s.
  • Introduction of ‘Funino’ 3v3 and 5v5 throughout Ireland.
  • Clubs to put pressure on SFAI and FAI to implement change ASAP.
  • Regular workshops to implement change.
  • Child Welfare mandatory courses for all coaches (Like the UK).
  • Parent education should be mandatory.
  • Bigger involvement of soccer in both primary and secondary Schools.
  • Much more involvement from the governing body ‘the FAI’ within Grassroots structure.
  • Pre-season talk with players and referees.
  • The converted to spread the word amongst fellow coaches and implement changes within their clubs.

Your Suggestions prior to talk: 

  • More Futsal games for skill development rather competitive 5v5 games for winning.
  • Change in Coaching Methods with an emphasis on technique and insist on all Coaches/Managers attending coaching courses before being allowed coach kids.
  • Smaller pitches, smaller goals.
  • No league tables until aged 14 – play on small pitches until 13/14.
  • We must concentrate on developing our young players technically from 5/6 years of age.
  • Non-Competitive football until u14. Bigger focus on Technical needs of the players from u5s to u14s.
  • Small sided games is the way forward up to u12 level. Should be non competitive at this level.
  • Start 11 aside football at u14s.
  • Competition to start at u13s.
  • Introduction of a proper national technical program.
  • Remove the SFAI from directing football.
  • Allow more influence from other coaching groups like Coerver.
  • 7v7 until age u12s, move to 11v11 at u13s introduce competition at u14s.
  • Roll out changes across the country.
  • In our league NECSL age 12 should is currently 11 a side, will be pushing again to keep it at 9 a side.
  • 9aside until u13 with size four ball.
  • Competitive soccer to be introduced from under 14s upwards and a bigger emphasis towards concepts such as ”FUNino” also more F.A.I involvement in the D.D.S.L
  • No moving clubs before the age of 12
  • Smaller pitches for younger ages – more touches, so more football

Let me know if I have forgotten any, thanks!


They are just some of the questions and ideas brought up by coaches from the clubs listed above. Although the turn out of just 35 coaches was disappointing the content from the speakers and questions from the floor was not. I hope to run these workshops over the coming months and with the help of you guys, we can continue to educate those who have yet to follow the change we so desperately want.


The Winners of the prizes are as follows: 

Inside Soccer Bootroom+ (I year subscription) – John Farrell – Ratoath Harps

Inside Soccer Bootroom+ (I year subscription) – Fran Tyrell – Dunboyne AFC

Inside Soccer Bootroom+ (I year subscription) – Robbie Connell – Trim Celtic AFC

Inside Soccer Annual Convention 2011 (I year subscription) – Eoin Feely – Unattached

Inside Soccer Annual Convention 2011 (I year subscription) – Keane Murray – Aungier Celtic

Coerver Coaching workshop – May18/19th – Alan Byrne – Lourdes Celtic

Coachdiary Workshop (tbc) – Dermot O’Connor – Cabinteely FC

And a 20% discount for everyone else before April 15th – use code TCD20

Thanks to JAKO.IE for sponsoring the event – INSIDESOCCER.COM and COERVER COACHING IRELAND for the prizes and you for participating.

Next Talk: May 2013

The Future of Youth Development in Irish Football