Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Effective Communication in Football

Jordan Cardinale, Apex IFC

I started to think about the differences on how communication is viewed; depending on the perspective you are viewing it from.  From the coaching perspective, I realized that communication has 3 main processes:


This 2 -Way feedback conduit is an invaluable way of progressing in a communicative atmosphere in the chaos of actual play.  And then we come to the Players perspective.  I have narrowed the processes from a player viewpoint into 4 main processes. The first three are widely known. The fourth however, is something that I have increasingly been progressing with and which have reaped dividends in terms of self reliant players communicating in ACTUAL PLAY.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Apex IFC 50 Games Booklet - Get the new version here!

As we work hard to prepare for our summer coaching clinics, the Apex International Football Consultancy is happy to make available an updated version of our 50 Small Sided Games booklet. The newly designed booklet provides coaches with an easier to read format using a newly designed layout, giving you a clearer understanding of each of the games in order to assist you in planning your next session. We hope you enjoy the new booklet and look forward to continuing to do our best in providing coaches of all levels with the tools necessary to further develop players and the beautiful game.

Please do take some time to find out more about us and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. We wish you the best of luck with your coaching this season.

Yours in Soccer,

The Apex Team

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice


A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.

The school's leadership, with support from parents and the community, has instilled a high-performing culture characterized by three traits: The children feel attached to their school's mission; the environment supports productivity and performance; and students are energized to sustain accelerated effort over time.  Read more...

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning


In the weeks after 9/11, Pamela Cantor, a child psychiatrist specializing in trauma, was enlisted by the New York City Board of Education to lead a team studying the impact of the attacks on the city’s public school children.

What the researchers discovered surprised them. Many children in city schools exhibited symptoms of trauma — but the problems weren’t clearly attributable to 9/11 nor were they clustered near Ground Zero. Such symptoms were, however, concentrated in schools serving the city’s poorest children. And the students’ sense of threat or insecurity stemmed not so much from terrorism as from exposure to violence, inadequate housing, sudden family loss, parents with depression or addictions, and so forth.

“One-fifth of children met criteria for a full-blown psychiatric disorder, and 68 percent of kids had been exposed to a prior trauma sufficient to impair their functioning in school,” said Cantor. Read More...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

We're back and this video is a MUST WATCH!

We're back in action and I apologize to everyone for the down time but things have been extremely busy as we have been working so hard with the development of Apex IFC. Posting will take place more frequently as our staff at Apex IFC will be collectively sharing material to make sure that we cover a number of topics around coaching, football, and player development.

To get us going again, I wanted to share a short video with you that I feel sheds great light on what makes a top level athlete - and yes, it's more than just skill, have a watch.

High school athletes, parents of high school athletes, maybe the best 3 minutes you could hear! Listen closely, guys and gals...no matter what sport you play!
Posted by Blair Hubbard on Friday, April 3, 2015

Monday, 11 August 2014

You'll want to check these out...

Hey everyone, 

Glad to see that many of you are still checking in, haven't had a chance to post in a while as it's been a crazy last few months with so much on the go.  Will be coming at you with new posts soon to update you on some very interesting events and the latest in player training and development.  

In the meantime remember this guy? 

Well we at Apex IFC have brought him to Ontario and he'll be presenting a few coaching clinics that you won't want to miss. Check out all the details here and I hope you can make it!


P.S. If you're looking for Part 2 here it is!

Monday, 19 May 2014

The next generation

Before heading back to school on Monday, it was the Gulu United youth who took to the field at St. Joseph’s College on Saturday.

With a number of the region’s top U12 and U14 players at a competition in Lira, just over 40 players joined the Gulu United coaches and Victor Satei for a session that focused on individual skills and plenty of time on the ball.  See more here!