POSITIONAL PROFILES

All our coaches will be encouraged players to develop in a number of positions as they transition through the Foundation, Youth Development and Transition Stages.

Supporting players to gain a better understanding of the game, be versatile and also develop a wider knowledge of the game. Typically as players start to come towards the end of the Youth Development phase, they are  confident in a primary and secondary position.

Goal Keeper

  • Good communication and organises the defence
  • Adopts a high starting position when team in possession, ready to offer an angle for a back pass
  • Good control and distribution with both feet
  • Can vary distribution from the hands, always looking to start attacks
  • Quick reactions including when needed to block shots or intercept an opponent’s through ball
  • Very brave and a good shot-stopper

Wide Defender

  • Offers width when in possession & always ready to receive from goalkeeper
  • Loves to get forward and offer support to attackers (overlaps / combination play)
  • Strong and aggressive in 1v1 situations
  • Makes good decisions on when to press and when to hold
  • Communicates well with fellow defenders and understands how to defend as part of a unit (press, slide, drop etc.)
  • Loves tackling including blocking shots and crosses

Central Defender

  • Very strong and courageous and committed to winning 1v1 duels
  • Communicates well with fellow defenders and understands how to defend as part of a unit (press, slide, drop etc.)
  • Very good organisational skills, is focused and shows good concentration levels
  • Loves blocking shots, clearing the danger area and is good in the air
  • Comfortable on the ball and can take the ball into midfield
  • Can pass the ball short and long

Defensive Midfielder

  • Very efficient in possession with good pass success rate
  • A real team player who will protect the defenders
  • Good reader of the game who regains possession regularly; intercepts and tackles well
  • Aware of what is around him at all times (“can play through 360 degrees”)
  • Good range of passing, always looking to start attacks
  • Excellent stamina, tracks and marks opponents well and recovers quickly

Attacking Midfielder

  • Always available and able to receive the ball, even if under pressure
  • Will always look for space and offer an option to teammate in possession
  • Very creative and skillful and loves to have attempts on goal
  • Looks to play quickly and loves attacking defenders
  • Good passing skills and sees opportunities for combination play
  • Takes up good positions when opponents have possession, always being ready to counter attack

Wide Midfielder Winger

  • Good receiving and turning skills and looks to play forward
  • Looks to isolate defenders and receive the ball in dangerous positions
  • Has explosive speed and excellent skill to consistently beat opponents 1v1
  • Provides supply of ball to teammates through accurate passing and good crossing ability
  • Loves to score goals and regularly gets into goal scoring positions himself
  • Always ready to press opponents when team not in possession and fill in for his attacking full back when required

Striker

  • Works very hard, always showing for teammates and providing an outlet whilst also pressing opponents when they have the ball
  • Excellent movement and positioning, always looking to attack space or create space for others
  • Creative and clever at set up play, linking with teammates for combination moves
  • Strong and aggressive to hold the ball up and keep possession
  • Good goal scoring abilities using a wide range of finishes with both feet and also headers
  • Always alert with good reaction skills and determination
  • Loves to attack 1v1 and gets shots on goal
Coaching Philosophy Home
Grassroots Home

Club Welfare Officer, Chris Larke-Phillips | [email protected]

Main Club Sponsor

 

Current Chairs:

Rich Saywell (Juniors ) | Adrian Cole (Seniors)

Mike Slucutt (Walking Football)