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Personal Strategies

Nowadays, the top teams have strategies for most of what will happen in the game.If they concede 2 scores in a row, they will have a strategyIf they are not winning breaking ball in the middle, they will have  a strategyIf they are not creating enough scoring chances, they will have a strategyPlayers also need [...]

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Fundamental things you should know.......

KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WHEN....... ( these things will change at different stages in the game)Ball is Thrown inThey have a kick out/ We have a kick outThey have a non scorable free in their defensive 3rd/ We have a non Scorable free in our defensive 3rdThey have a non scorable free in the middle [...]

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The Tackle Trade Off

Tackling, by its very nature, is a risky business. The majority of frees in every game are as a result of tackles that are not executed correctly. Take the Monaghan v Armagh game this year. Armagh tackled monaghan around 50 metres from goal 6 times, where the end result was a Free Kick. Monaghan Goal Keeper, [...]

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The Sideline is your strongest Defender.

Getting turnovers in the attacking half of the pitch is one of those things that can really change a match, as the defence is often out of position, and big scores can come of these turnovers.The coach will often shout things like "Push Up, and "Tackle"....trying to get their players to get another hand in [...]

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Why your goal keeper should play as the sweeper in front of the Full Forward Line.

Most teams nowadays try to create 1v1 situations in the scoring areas. This often means moving the ball quickly to this area before the defensive blanket gets set up.Players always play what they see, and will generally not rely on the other senses for their decision making.If a player out the field looks up and [...]

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What if you were a point down with 1 minute to go?

What if you were a point down with 1 minute to go?What would you do? How would you play? How intense would you be?Why not play like this from the start.....

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Simple Recovery Ideas that you can implement today

Cool Down Properly - Not a Quick Stretch, but a light jog until your heart rate comes back to its normal resting rate, followed by light stretching of the main musclesTake a Recovery Shake immediately after training - A 2:1 Carbs to Protein Shake is the ideal, as it will help repair broken down muscle, [...]

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The Most Important Skill

First Touch.Without good first touch, everything else is irrelevant.Peter Canavan was probably the greatest footballer of his generation, and his ability to kick scores off two feet was legendary.But the most overlooked skill that Canavan possessed was his ability to win his own ball, first time, even when players were hanging out of him.His near [...]

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What the Stats don't measure

In GAA, there are stats for everything nowadays.Tackle Count, Touches, Support Runs Made, Passes Completed....EtcWhile it definitely focuses players minds on important issues, it possibly deflects from a very important metric.Who stood up when it was really needed, at critical moments in games.Great players have that ability, to look for and  seize those critical moments. [...]

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Done is all that matters....

“Done is all that matters. Not thinking about doing, not getting ready to get started, not understanding why something works before your do it. DONE is all that counts. Dont tell me what you are going to do about a problem, tell me what you done about it today.”

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