Blog posts
  • Insight and analysis

    Game changers: England's use of substitutions

    The game we know and love is constantly evolving, but there have been few rule changes in recent years more…
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    Possession Starts at the Women's Euros

    Kick offs, throw ins, goal kicks, corners and free kicks. They happen in every game. From coaching your U8…
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    Planning your observations

    In this blog we look at observation and noticing skills and discuss how effective planning can support your…
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    Goalkeepers: Returns from different game formats (Talent development girls)

    Returns from Different Game Formats - Talent Development Girls (Goalkeepers) 3v3, 5v5, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. How…
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    'Keeping it real' when serving the Goalkeepers

    The connection between a goalkeeper and their goalkeeper coach is often a strong one. Smaller numbers of players…
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    Returns from Different Game Formats - Talent Development Girls

    3v3, 5v5, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. How often have you considered the format your team plays and the opportunities…
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    What do coaches and players in the female game think effective coaching is?

    The FA women’s coach development team conducted a study, with St Mary’s University, that investigated what…
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    Fabio Viera: Euro U21 player of the tournament

    It may come as no surprise that Fabio Vieira was named the UEFA European U21 Player of the Tournament by UEFAs…
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    The pressing role of the wing-back in a back five

    When deploying a back five without the ball, the roles and responsibilities of the wing-back can be critical…
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    Exploring technical returns from different game formats

    Practice makes perfect, right? Do we consider how our game formats affect the opportunity for players to practice…
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    Counter Attacking: Technical Breakdown (West Ham United vs Leeds United)

    Here we look at West Ham’s goal against Leeds from the FA Cup 3rd round and what many people might call the…
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    Importance of the first goal in the female game: Timing and case studies

    In our previous blog, we demonstrated the importance of scoring first in the game. This blog explores how…
  • Insight and analysis

    Importance of the first goal in the female game

    75% of teams that score the first goal, win the game. With football all about scoring and stopping goals,…
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    Counter Attacking: Linking the Data and Technical Breakdown

    Counter Attacking: This blog looks at how we take data as starting point before using a definition to break…
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    Counter Attacking: Number scenarios on transition

    Once possession has been won and a team are looking to spring a counter attack, we take a look at the number…
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    Euro 2020 review: attacking with a narrow front three

    A key trend from Euro 2020 was teams playing with a narrow attacking front three. This article explores the…
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    The importance of transition: FA Cup 2020/21 Counter attacking case study

    69% of all possessions starting from transition players must constantly recognise when to attack quickly.…
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    Sven Botman: The man mountain in the Netherlands backline

    At 6’4”, Botman already looks like a strong, dominant player in the Dutch backline. An imposing, physical…
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    Skilful players: Summer Olympics

    The summer Olympics 2020 tournament was a great opportunity to watch some of the best female players in world…
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    Centre backs intercepting in midfield areas

    In this video FA Youth Coach Developer Ben Futcher talks us through a critical moment in the build up to England…
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    Centre backs stepping out to defend in midfield areas

    In this blog, Dan Simpson, The FA’s game insight analyst talks about the benefits and risks of centre backs…
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    Nicolo Rovella: The future of Italy’s midfield

    In this blog, the FA’s game insight analyst, Katie Sorenson talks about Italy’s new gem in midfield and highlights…
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    Security behind the ball when in possession

    In this blog, The FA’s games insight analyst, Dan Simpson and the FA’s youth coach developer, Joe Sargison…
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    Lukas Nmecha: U21 Euros top goal scorer

    In this blog, Katie Sorenson, The FA’s game insight analyst and Paul Holder, The FA’s youth coach developer…