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If you’re a football fan yourself, you may want your children to develop a love for the beautiful game too. There are plenty of health and wellbeing benefits to getting into football as well as (hopefully) a shared interest. However, there’s a fine line between being encouraging and being pushy. With that being said, there are plenty of ways you can give your child a gentle push in the righ...

3-ways-to-become-a-better-winger

There are few positions more universally loved than wingers. These wide attackers are usually associated with pace, skill, and flair, making them a joy to watch. It’s therefore no surprise that many children grow up idolising wingers. Here are three broad tips to help improve aspiring young wingers. 1.   Lose Your Marker As a winger, you’re likely to be marked (often tightly) b...

4-reasons-you-should-encourage-your-child-to-be-a-defender

Typically, everyone wants to score goals when they play football. As such, it’s no surprise that most kids want to be a forward. Young footballers idolise the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Salah, Mbappé, etc. but what about the Chiellini’s and van Dijk’s of this world? Being a defender isn’t always the most glamorous prospect, but here are 4 reasons why you should your child to giv...

6-subtle-ways-to-make-you-a-better-footballer

The best footballers are always looking to improve, no matter how high their level already is. Football is a sport where there are 100s of different aspects to work on that can improve your overall game. The following article will look at some less obvious features of a player’s game that can be developed to make them an overall better footballer. 1. Increase Your Confidence Confidenc...

7-types-of-passes-all-playmakers-should-know

Passing is one of the most common actions taken in a football game, but no two passes are the same. Passes can be categorised into loads of different types each with varying purposes depending on the situation. The following article will go through seven of the most important types of passes for playmakers (and any other position). 1. Simple Sideways Passes The much-maligned sideways...

10-types-of-finishes-the-best-strikers-have-mastered

To the uninitiated shooting, may seem rather simple: kick a ball towards the goal. In reality, there is far more to it than just that. The best strikers have a range of finishes in their repertoire, each used for very specific occasions. Top 10 Types of Finishes The following list will cover some broad types of finishes, detailing when and why you may choose to opt for them. 1.  ...

what-is-the-fa-level-1-course

If you're new to football coaching and looking to land your first football coaching job, your first step is to get your FA level 1 badge. The FA Level 1 Coaching Course is an introductory first course in the Football Association’s coaching pathway. The course was revised back in 2016 to fit the needs of the modern game. There are several reasons you might choose to start on the coaching pa...

5-important-attributes-the-best-strikers-need

Everyone loves scoring goals and there’s no position that is focussed more on scoring goals than a striker. However, there’s a lot that goes into scoring goals and there’s a whole lot more to being a striker than finding the back of the net. Here are five things you need to focus on to become the best striker you can be. 1. Finishing Starting with the obvious, all good strikers...

5-ways-the-sss-skills-tutorial-app-can-improve-your-childs-football-skills

The Samba Soccer Skills Tutorial App is our home for weekly skills and tutorials. The SSS app features skills from our upcoming football classes so kids can get a head start on next week’s session. Skills are split across four ability levels and each one follows a six-week coaching programme based on the style of a different Brazilian player.

football-skills-to-practice-in-the-playground

Every kid loves pulling off fancy tricks and skills and there’s no better place to try these out than on the playground with their friends. Whether your child is a beginner or a pro-in-the-making, there are skills for children of all abilities. The following article will outline a variety of skills that your child can learn and practise on the playground! Backheel There aren’t ma...