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Children’s Football: Benefits of youth football

As parents, we want the absolute best for our children and will do just about anything to make sure they don’t miss out on something good for them. For most of us, that means learning the mysteries of maths to help them with school homework, hosting their friends at home for...

U7 & U8 Football Rules

Played in schools, local youth clubs or even just at the park on weekends, the game of football is designed to be played and loved by players of all ages. Offering a wide range of health and fitness benefits, including mental and social development, getting children involved in football...

U13 Football Drills: Moving up to 11-a-side

At junior levels, football is split up into age groups. This helps kids develop their football skills gradually, adapting to larger goals, pitches and more players as they grow. At the age of 12, kids make that all-important transition to 11-a-side football, leaving their previous...

5-a-side vs futsal: What’s the difference?

One of the most played sports on the planet, small-sided football is regularly enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels. Accessible at every age, this popular form of football is played in schools, university leagues and at professional levels. Fun and fast-paced, small-sid...

Football warm-up: Stretches, drills & games

Praised as an excellent method of keeping fit and healthy, football offers people everywhere a great opportunity to get their recommended hours of exercise in a fun and sociable way. Many football players take this highly seriously, never skipping training and practicing multiple times ...

How to become a football coach

If you love football and are looking for a job in this busy and exciting industry, then football coaching might be the career for you. Incredibly fulfilling, constantly challenging and very close to the action, becoming a football coach is one of the best ways of turning your hobb...

5-a-side Football formation types (with free template downloads!)

One of the best ways you can prepare your team for a football game is to practice the tactics and strategies that you utilise in-game. Of course, building up your base skills of agility and coordination are vital to playing a good game, but tactics can mean the difference between ...

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Is 5-a-side a good form of exercise?

More than just a fun sport to play as a child then leave behind, football is a great form of exercise for all age groups and abilities. All too often, the specific health benefits that have been attributed to football have been overlooked as the competitive aspects have slowly tak...

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How to start a career in football

One of the most important decisions we make in life is what career to pursue. This decision doesn’t always have to be definitive and can change as you grow older and find what you’re passionate about. Whatever age you are, one of your big goals in life should be to fin...

What are the 5-a-side football rules?

11-a-side football’s younger sibling, 5-a-side football is the well loved, smaller version of the game that has leagues in place throughout the UK. Played on a smaller pitch and with fewer players, 5-a-side has a slightly different set of rules that help to keep play dynamic...

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