Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Training Session with Video: Quick Combinations and Finishing in the box

Hey Coaches we're now posting footage of training exercises and games on our YouTube channel so that you can get a real good glimpse of them.  Below you will find a small sided game we use to focus on quick combination plays and finishing in and around the box along with a short video clip that offers you some raw training footage of the game in action.  Feel free to make use of it in your training sessions and be sure to keep checking in for more sessions and videos!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Gulu Rises - Sportsnet Magazines 10-Page Feature on Gulu United



In April, Sportsnet Magazine writer Ryan Dixon and photographer Alexi Hobbs spent a week with us and the Gulu United Youth Academy in Northern Uganda. Apex IFC has been leading the technical direction of the club and is happy to be part of such an amazing project. The finished product, GULU RISES, is a 10-page feature that hit newsstands on Monday.

CLICK HERE (or on the image) to read the full feature article.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A session on Building Awareness Through the use of Proper Body Shape and Technique

Here is a session plan from this past weekend that focused on building awareness through the use of proper body shape and technique.

Warm Up/Intro Activity: Chicken Wing (5 minutes)
A fun game to start off the session. Players are paired up facing each other in the squat position (as shown below) and attempt to push each other onto their backsides, whoever hits the ground first loses!

 

Exercise #1 (Shown Below): Multitasking exercise focused on body shape, awareness, technique (15-20 minutes)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Our Young Footballers and Bad Habits

Considering how overly structured our environment is it amazes me the number of players who have bad habits & use improper technique. It signifies one of two possibilities, either there is a disconnect between coaching instruction & player reception/retention or there is a complete lack of coaching going on altogether. This should be a major concern if we intend on ever developing players of the highest standard where the slightest details are essential to ever reaching a level of excellency. Our young players are forming bad habits early on and once a habit is formed it is with you forever.

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:

1. GIVING AND RECEIVING MESSAGES
2. VERBAL & NON VERBAL MESSAGES
3. CONTENT & EMOTION


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

By ROBERT SUN

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...