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If you take my 97p trial today I'll send you a free copy of my manual Play Like Barcelona in 9 Sessions featuring great sessions on tiki-taka (short passing), movement, 1v1 skills and one and two-touch passing


Dear Coach,

What's the biggest single obstacle standing between you and your determination to be a better junior soccer coach?

  • Is it a shortage of time to prepare for your weekly training sessions, given the demands of work and home life?
  • Or do you worry about your lack of soccer coaching knowledge and your limited previous experience of the game?

Well, here's some good news.

Soccer Coach Weekly is designed to help you overcome both of those problems.

And to prove it, I'd like to offer you the opportunity to take out a 5 issue trial for just 97p. If you do I'll even send you my manual Play Like Barcelona in 9 Sessions at no further charge. This new manual will help your team develop the technical ability to manoeuvre opponents out of position with their one-touch passing and create more goalscoring chances.

When you take my
97p trial today, you'll get all the following delivered direct to your email address:

  • The current issue of Soccer Coach Weekly , so you can start to profit right away from all our training tips and techniques.
  • The next 4 issues of Soccer Coach Weekly, which I'll send to you just as our regular subscribers receive it so you can see how our subscription service works.
  • PLUS: take a trial today and I'll send you a copy of my manual Play Like Barcelona in 9 sessions at no extra charge. This manual features great sessions originally published in Soccer Coach Weekly on tiki-taka, movement, 1v1 skills and one and two-touch passing

Play Like Barcelona in 9 sessions

If you're anything other coaches I have worked with recently, you'll have watched this glorious Barcelona team over the last few seasons and thought ‘if only I could get my players passing, dribbling and pressing like this side'.

Imagine if your team had the technical ability to manoeuvre opponents out of position with their assured one-touch passing and create regular goalscoring chances.

Play Like Barcelona In 9 Sessions will show you how and it is yours free when you take out a 97p trial to Soccer Coach Weekly .

The free manual includes sessions on tiki-taka, movement, 1v1 skills and one and two-touch passing that will help transform your team and infuse them with the characteristics that have made Barcelona such a dominant force in world soccer.

When you sign up today you will get these 9 sessions:


  • Tiki-Taka, the Barcelona way – this session focuses on the short passing and neat interchanges personified by Xavi and Andres Iniesta. This exercise can be played with any age group and will get your players passing from one end of the field to the other. Put this session into practice now!
  • Spanish class – make the ball your players' friend with this one and two-touch passing session. Give your players the belief that they can move the ball around without surrendering possession. Give your players a Spanish lesson!

  • Quick feet, quick minds – this passing and movement session will have your players thinking and moving quicker. Anticipation is key! Find out more now

  • Feint praise for players – have your players beating opponents in 1v1s by teaching them to feint properly. They've watched Lionel Messi breeze past players on TV with a drop of the shoulder – now get them practicing the technique
  • Dynamic dribbling – the ability to dribble effectively is crucial to the Barcelona gameplan. Teach your players to glide effortlessly forward like mini Iniestas! Learn more

  • On the move – the ability to move well off the ball is a crucial component of Barca's playing style. Move before the ball is played and your team will provide more of a threat going forwards. Unlock the key to your team's movement

  • The space race – do you ever marvel at the way Barca players can always find space to run into? Run this session a handful of consecutive weeks and reap the rewards as your players open up new avenues of attack. Find out more now

  • Catalonian keepball – what's the best way to stop opponents scoring? By keeping the ball, of course. Barcelona are so good defensively because they dominate possession. Here is a game created specifically for the purpose of keeping the ball. Take a 97p trial now

  • Pressing with purpose – your players will not always keep possession, but this session will help them win it back quickly. Hard work, concentration and focus are the key aspects of this session. Discover the key to winning back possession now

These 9 sessions will help your team play with style and finesse, while achieving the results to match. Imagine turning up for games secure in the knowledge that your team is technically superior and able to dictate the tempo.

Experience the satisfaction of your team not only getting positive results, but in the right way, and as a result of your Barcelona-style training sessions.

This guide will help you to dramatically improve in your team's results and style of play, as well as showing you the quality of the sessions I publish in Soccer Coach Weekly. Just take a look at the illustration below to see how much you get on every page of this great manual.

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Or keep on reading if you want more details on this fantastic service for junior soccer coaches.

Here are five questions you may have about Soccer Coach Weekly :

1. What exactly does Soccer Coach Weekly do?

2. How can I be sure the advice is reliable?

3. How quickly can I expect results?

4. How can I be sure Soccer Coach Weekly is for me?

5. What do I get for my 5 issue trial?

Q 1. What exactly does Soccer Coach Weekly do?

Soccer Coach Weekly is an advisory newsletter delivered direct to your email address via the internet.

Unlike most soccer coaching information, it's aimed specifically at coaches of junior players from 4 to 16 years of age. And it's written by fellow junior soccer coaches, with firsthand experience of the kinds of coaching challenges you face week in and week out.

That means the emphasis is very much on proven, can-do strategies for raising your game... and the success of your players.

Every week Soccer Coach Weekly provides you with practical tips and techniques to make your coaching more effective and rewarding for all concerned.

All the articles are concise and to-the-point - and seldom more than one page in length. That's because we know that the vast majority of junior soccer coaches have very little spare time.

The last thing you need is pages and pages of heavy reading.

So each article in Soccer Coach Weekly concentrates on the essential information you need to know. Plus, there are plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures to illustrate the important points being made, for example showing you how to position your players on the field, or perform a particular training exercise.

While it's brief, and quick to read, Soccer Coach Weekly covers a wide range of coaching topics:


  • fitness
  • psychology
  • planning training sessions
  • player management and selection
  • child safety
  • core skills
  • personal development
  • match strategy and tactics
  • dealing with difficult parents
  • developing team spirit
  • individual and team discipline
  • warm-ups
  • training games

 ... and much, much more.

Here are five quick examples of recent articles.


How to take the fear out of heading the ball

Lots of kids don't like heading the ball. And that's only natural. After all, why would you want to put your head in the way of an object you think might hurt it?

But if you don't learn this important ball-control skill properly, and preferably at a young age, you're not going to be much use on match day to the rest of your team.

Fortunately, at Soccer Coach Weekly we have a great training technique for overcoming your kids' typical ball heading anxieties. In just three easy steps, you can teach your players to head the ball with accuracy and confidence.

It's the perfect exercise for your next training session. It's tried and tested. And it's fun.


The A-Z of child protection

In this increasingly risk-averse world, the last thing you need is a parent threatening legal action because he or she claims you didn't look after little Johnny during soccer practice, or on match day.

So each issue of Soccer Coach Weekly looks at one aspect of child safety. You get practical answers to key questions like:

  • What are your primary responsibilities as a junior soccer coach?
  • Which are the potentially risky situations you should anticipate - and what proactive steps can you take to avoid them?
  • How do you spot potential abuse off the pitch, and what can you do in such situations?
  • What essential equipment should you keep in your medical bag for match day and training sessions?
  • What other sensible measures can you take to ensure that, should a child in your care be injured on the playing field, they can be given prompt and appropriate medical care?

With Soccer Coach Weekly in your kit bag, no-one can accuse you of not taking your responsibilities seriously.


"The dark art" of the quick, accurate throw-in

In youth soccer, nearly 70% of throw-ins are foul throws. The result? Your team loses the ball to your opponents.

To reverse these odds, every player on your team must be prepared to execute a proper throw-in, and get the ball back into play almost immediately. Indeed, such a sudden restart can catch your opponent's defence off-balance and greatly increase your odds of keeping possession.

That in turn offers your players the chance to get behind the defence and make a run on goal.

So in Soccer Coach Weekly we teach a simple, five-point plan for learning the art of the quick, accurate throw-in. Teach it to your team at this week's training session and you could be well on your way to dominating the next match - and the scoreboard.

Our throw-in training also includes a technique for increasing by as much as 30% the distance that your players can throw the ball.

Just imagine how disconcerting that will be to your opponents the next time you play a game...


How to referee the under 5s

Most qualified refs avoid this age group. It's just too demanding! So chances are one of these days you'll be press-ganged into doing the job - probably at short notice - simply because there's no one else available.

Don't worry. In Soccer Coach Weekly we explain some of the best ways to structure a game for such young players, bearing in mind their limited attention spans, their resistance to conventional techniques for restoring on-the-field discipline, and their tendency to charge around after the ball like bees after a honey pot.

And we tell you how to deal with the most common referee situations - handball, penalties, throw-ins and back passes - in a way that won't spoil the kid's fun and make you look like an ogre to players and parents alike.

Last but not least, we show you how to get the parents constructively involved, so they become a useful resource rather than standing around on the sidelines distracting you and your players.


Building the correct skills base with your junior players

Some skills are absolute "must-haves" for any soccer player, regardless of age. Indeed, they are so important that you need to give them priority. Because when you teach your players these skills, you're investing in their future and that of your team.

So in Soccer Coach Weekly we're currently running a series of articles on essential player skills. Each issue we highlight a particular individual skill and show you the most effective way to teach it to your players.

Sign up to our low-cost trial today and you'll learn these training techniques too.

And, should you decide to subscribe at the end of your 5 issue trial, you'll also benefit from all these future Soccer Coach Weekly articles:

  • What should you do with substitutes who are not up to the standard of the rest of the team? Hide them or put them in the thick of the action?
  • How do you train players who have never before kicked a ball?
  • How do you deal effectively with unruly parents?
  • What makes for a successful captain?
  • How best to score from a free kick
  • Landing your corners on the penalty spot
  • Teaching your players penalty techniques for shooter and goalkeeper
  • How do you keep your training sessions fun, fresh and stimulating week in and week out?
  • How do you reverse a losing streak?
  • How do you coach unfamiliar positions you never played yourself?
  • How can you be a close mentor to the kids, yet keep a professional distance?
  • How do you gain the respect of arrogant young players?
  • How can you overcome your team being the smallest in the league and overcome other physical disadvantages?
  • How do you prevent interfering parents undermining your relationship with the players?
  • Tactics against a team that cheats
  • How do you discipline and control young soccer players?
  • Making the most of the 4v4 training techniques that form the basis of Dutch Vision, the coaching technique inspired by the Dutch football association with Louis van Gaal, Johan Cruyff, Rinus Michels, and Marco van Basten
  • How do you use the team building process to develop the style of play, and achieve success?
  • Why coaching technique and inspiring the soccer brain is better than running sprints and laps
  • Using 3v3 for 4, 5 and 6 year olds to develop ball manipulation skills
  • Teaching communication on the field using terms like "man on" or "time and turn", and how your players should communicate with opposition players, spectators, officials etc
  • How can you teach crossing and finishing more effectively?
  • Give your players match-winning insight: what effect will the field have on the game? What's the best way to deal with wind and sun?
  • What can you do when the opposition's tactics mean your players are all playing to a different tune, for example they only have three at the back and your wingers cannot exploit the advantage?

You'll find all these topics, and more, in forthcoming issues of Soccer Coach Weekly .

What's more, you can suggest your own topics for future issues by emailing the editor with details of the soccer coaching issues that matter most to you.

Q 2. How can I be sure the advice is reliable?

This question is of critical importance to any junior soccer coach who takes his or her responsibilities seriously. After all, you're coaching a group of youngsters - including your own son or daughter, most likely. The last thing you want to do is accept any old advice.

So let me tell you a bit about my experience and credentials.

I'm certainly no armchair enthusiast. Quite the contrary. My junior soccer coaching pedigree is a pretty distinguished one - and I have the silverware to prove it.

But it was all very different when I first began over ten years ago... which, of course, is exactly why I think my perspective on soccer coaching is so valuable to Soccer Coach Weekly readers.

I started out in 1997, trying to find my oldest son a team to play in. It wasn't easy; the lad wanted to be in the same team as his friends, but the problem was, their school had little interest in team sports.

That meant I first had to create a team from scratch, made up of boys from two classes. Then I set about coaching two teams (an A and a B) right from under 4 to under 12.

When my second son was 4, I did the same for him.

So I was now faced with the challenges of coaching two teams at under 4 and two teams at under 7 every Saturday morning plus match days.

It was a pretty hectic time!

Needless to say, by the time I came around to coaching my second son I had gained a much better idea of how to train junior soccer players - and I began to get the match-day results I was after.

I based my new coaching approach on a holding/passing game which in itself is based on the Dutch 4v4 system aimed at giving young players the skills to be good footballers, irrespective of their relative physical size and strength.

The results were impressive.

My team began to beat every team they played, and won the league against some big, strong competition. Even though my team was a small Surrey primary school, everyone began to fear playing against us and we came up against a lot of aggressive, pushy teams.

Today, my team still wins most of our games even though we now play 11-a-side in a big Surrey league.

I have just about seen it all, from my oldest son's first team which lost 7-0 in their very first game to turning them around over the season until it was them winning 7-0.

I know what coaches feel, what they worry about, what goes through their mind when they are losing, how it feels to win trophies.

I know what they need to succeed.

My mission, as editor of Soccer Coach Weekly , is to help soccer coaches just like me be the very best they can be - and in doing so save them much of the time, effort and sheer aggravation I had to go through.

Q3. How quickly can I expect results?

Your 5 issue trial contains a wealth of practical advice and training materials - all of it designed to help you become a more knowledgeable and confident soccer coach.

Sign up for your 5 issue trial, and you'll receive it within minutes of accepting our offer.

That means you could be reading our advice, and putting it into practice, as early as your next training session or match day.

Take the quick throw-in technique I mentioned earlier. It's just one of the highly effective training tips you could use to gain an almost immediate advantage over your opponents.

Remember: 70% of throw-ins at junior level result in a loss of possession to the opposition. So if you hone your team's throw-in skills at your very next training session you could be dominating match-day possession within 7-10 days - and perhaps even winning your next game.

That's just one example of the almost-immediate information advantage that you get only from Soccer Coach Weekly .

I'm confident of two things: (1) the sheer usefulness and effectiveness of our training advice; and (2) the ease with which you'll be able to raise your game.

Indeed, it's because I'm so sure you'll see measurable progress within such a short period of time, that I want you to try out our soccer coaching advice before you sign up to the full service.

Q4. How can I be sure Soccer Coach Weekly is for me?

Soccer Coach Weekly is written by junior soccer coaches for junior soccer coaches.

As editor, I have extensive first-hand experience of coaching in the kinds of situations that you face. And the same goes for each of the expert contributors I choose to share their experiences with you.

The proof of this is in the reader feedback we've already received. Comments like these from junior soccer coaches just like you:

"I'm a busy person all week - I run a small company, the local village hall and recreation ground, have a young family and run a junior village football club with four teams in five leagues. I read Soccer Coach Weekly and think: "There's someone else who understands where I'm coming from. It's my language and it's the language of the sort of development I want my players to be coached, listening too"."

Nick Miles, Culm United Youth FC, Uffculme, Devon, England

"What an outstanding resource."
John Bardwell, Wexford Soccer Club 1997 Boys, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"I have purchased many books on coaching, your material is up with the best of them."
Frank McClean, Ballynahinch Olympic FC, Northern Ireland

"I wish I had this type of advice when I was starting out in junior football coaching (over 8 years ago). It's ideal for outlining the approach to managing junior football teams."
Paul Norris, Woodbank FC, Bolton, England

"It's a fantastic resource and something I have waited for a long time."
Colin Hakin, Luton Borough Football Club, Luton, England

"The tips are easy to apply and remind us of the fun part of the game."
Xavier Fostier, Tilston, Cheshire, England

"I'm just starting out as a coach. My oldest boy is five and at the moment I take the Under 5s, Under 6s and am just starting to coach the local primary school under 8s. I think your journal is just what I need."
Dave Buckley, Malmesbury, England

But you don't need to take my word for it - or the words of these satisfied subscribers. Try out Soccer Coach Weekly for yourself at virtually no cost, with our special 5 issue trial plus get a free copy of Play Like Barcelona In 9 Sessions too.

If in the next 4 weeks you don't see a marked improvement in your confidence on the field, and your ability to work with your players, their parents and officials, then don't take out a full subscription. It's as simple as that.

And don't forget, you've got a full four weeks to try before you buy...

Q5. What do I get for my 5 issue trial?

To start your
5 issue trial, click on the link below now. It's just 97p through your credit card.

This nominal payment is simply to cover our administration costs for delivering your first trial issues. (We rely on private membership subscriptions only. We receive no grants or aid from any government department or sports coaching organisation.)

As soon as we receive your instructions all this is yours - delivered direct to your email address:

  • The current issue of Soccer Coach Weekly , so you can start to profit right away from all our training tips and techniques.
  • The next 4 issues of Soccer Coach Weekly, which I'll send to you just as our regular subscribers receive it so you can see how our subscription service works.
  • PLUS: take a trial today and I'll send you a copy of my manual Play Like Barcelona in 9 sessions at no extra charge. This manual features great sessions on tiki-taka, movement, 1v1 skills and one and two-touch passing

My manual Play Like Barcelona in 9 sessions is only available with a 97p trial for a limited time - don't miss out, take your trial today!

Yours in soccer

David Clarke, Head Coach

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