• About Cones for Goalposts

    Three months into 2012 and I've managed to keep going with this blog describing and reflecting on what I do each week as part of my role as a grassroots football coach with Crosfields JFC. Thanks to all who have viewed, shared or commented. 500 views each month is pretty amazing really. All views are my own .....
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End of the Season

So the season ended for our Under 13 Croatians.  The boys played possibly the best game of the season, and ended up winning 7-2.  In the first half we experimented with three at the back, but it didn’t really work and so we reverted to the more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation in the second half.  You … Continue reading

Crosfields Croatia Coach wins Award

Over the summer we were delighted to hear that one of our coaches, Laura Woodcock has been chosen as the Liverpool County FA Coach of the Year and the North West Regional Coach of the Year. Laura stopped playing football when pregnant with her first child.  When he joined Crosfields Under 8s she started to … Continue reading

Passing in the rain

Three months of disciplined weekly posting came to an end and it is three weeks since my last post.  Quite what has happened, I’m not sure, but a fortnight off work over Easter didn’t end up being the quiet relaxing vacation that it might have been. So last week I retuned to Egerton to do … Continue reading

Faith – Family – Football

We were watching the FA Cup Semi-final live on ESPN – and were shocked when Fabrice Muamba collapsed, effectively spending the next 78 minutes dead.  The response has been emotional and unimaginably huge.   Former Wanderer Gary Cahill, revealed his vest to show the Pray for Muamba message, and I along with hundreds of thousands of other … Continue reading

Brain and Body Aching

On Monday and Tuesday of this week I completed the first two, highly intensive, days of the FA Youth Award Module 3 course.  We were fortunate to have the fantastic facilities of Egerton FC in Knutsford at our disposal. The FA Youth Award is the ultimate coaching course for coaches working with young players This … Continue reading

Warming Up

As winter turns into spring I have naturally started to think about warming up.  A couple of weeks ago I was watching our Under 9s  – who sometimes struggle to pass the ball – with a Premiership footballer.  He suggested that the usual warm up – a 5v5 game – didn’t prepare them for the … Continue reading

Every Day I’m Juggling

Juggling work commitments over the last couple of weeks has meant no coaching last week and no time to blog and also missing  the monthly club meeting – but both U9 and U13 have managed to play  games both weekends.   We have taken the decision to league register the two players who have been … Continue reading

The Cup Runneth Over!

Surprisingly, both the U9s and the U13s managed to play their cup games this weekend!  The U9 pitch was deemed unplayable, but a decision to switch and play on the vacant U8 pitch was made.  That said it was quite a heavy pitch, and throwing it down for large portions of the game.  The boys … Continue reading

A Quiet Coaching Week

A quiet coaching week, with it being half term, and a busy week outside of footy meaning a late blog post. Monday’s Under 9s were in squads so I, along with Rob and Mark, took the 9 players who turned up from the Chile squad.  We worked on passing and receiving: starting off with a … Continue reading

Just playing games

I’ve been thinking this week about how much of training should be just playing games.  There were no matches at the weekend – because of the weather – and so on Monday the U9s ‘just played games’.  These were 3 or 4 a side games on a variety of sizes of pitch – the biggest approaching 40 … Continue reading