5 webinars you may have missed in 2020

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As we approach the end of the year, we’ve rounded up five webinars you may have missed on our YouTube channel in 2020.

With football coming to a standstill this year, we wanted to make sure we were there, so the same didn’t happen to your learning journey.
It became increasingly important that we extended our digital presence, so coaches of all levels could continue to develop while time on the pitch was limited.

One way we achieved that was by launching the FA Learning YouTube channel to share ideas and insight with everyone.

If you haven’t visited our YouTube channel, or have only recently discovered it, here are five webinars we uploaded that you may have missed.

Principles of play
This webinar focused on the principles of play with Steve Guinan, FA senior professional game player to coach lead, Geoff Noonan, FA regional youth coach developer and Richie Kyle, former out of possession specialist coach England U17’s, discussing how the principles can be used in different ways to solve the challenges the game poses.

England U21s Callum Hudson-Odoi looks to use the outside of his right foot to cut inside the pitch during a game against Austria U21s.

Midfield masterclass
Back in July, Jamie Robinson, FA head of professional game coach development, Paul Davis, FA senior professional game coach developer and Jordan Nobbs, Arsenal and England midfielder considered:

  • their biggest midfield influences, favourite midfield partnerships and most challenging opponents
  • the evolvement of the midfield structures within the modern game compared to previous systems 
  • how to strike the right balance between structure and freedom when coaching modern football players.

England's Jordan Nobbs runs forward with the ball during a game against the USA in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.

If you have a dream make it a goal For one of our Black History Month webinars, Hope Powell, Brighton & Hove Albion women's first-team manager, Coreen Brown, Arsenal U15s academy coach and Alena Moulton, Stoke City women's head coach, discussed the importance of aiming high.

Brighton and Hove Albion Women's manager, Hope Powell, gives her side the thumbs up during a match with Everton Ladies.

Developing a 'what if' plan for training and matchday In this webinar, Dave Morris, former FA county coach developer and Bex Garlick, FA national coach development lead (women and girls), focus on helping you prepare for every eventuality on training and matchdays, using the ‘plan, do, review’ model.

A coach, working with 5-11s, stoops down to get level with a young player and listens to what he has to say, while their team play in a match in front of them.

Why does this happen in my session?
Pete Sturgess, FA 5-11 DNA technical lead, Sally Needham, former FA county coach developer and Clare Daniels, FA national innovation manager, pose the question - why does this happen in my session? Here they:

  • explore the benefits of play for child development and to session design
  • gain an insight into the developing brain looking specifically at the play and seeking system
  • look at how we can use this information to shape the way we provide football experiences for young people.

A Sporting Khalsa player in a 12-16 aged football session, runs with the ball under pressure from an opponent behind him.

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