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Emma Hayes and Me

  Eni Aluko is embedded in English footballing history.  Not only has she played through the incredible development of women's football, from the £40 a...

My plea to governing bodies around the world – DO NOT IGNORE THIS.

  During the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2019, the FCN email account lit up in the final week.  I would wake up in...

“Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle...

Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them. These past two years have been a whirlwind. Looking...

The Ups and Downs Coaching As a Female… (Part 2)

  Reflecting on yesterday’s problematic football training with the U15 boys, I remembered a phrase that I have heard many times. ‘Take your opportunities when...

The ups and downs of coaching as a female… (Part 1)

    Yesterday was horrid. I knew I wasn’t going to quit – that would be rash and unnecessary, but there was a reaction inside of...

Knock-on Effect.

A lot has been spokenabout influence during this years Women’s World Cup. A new generation of millions of girls being able to watch via TV, internet and...

“I was deeply disappointed when, during this Women’s World Cup, my dad thought it...

Hold the back page! I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s rather an obvious conclusion to some: men do not like women playing football. Of course,...

#SexismInSoccer

      Back in December 2017, a fellow social media account called @soccrcoachprobs on Twitter, published a genius idea called #SexismInSoccer Bingo.  The idea behind this was to...

Interview with Vera Pauw on her new role in the US Women’s National Soccer...

  Vera Pauw is a Dutch born soccer coach who has had an incredible career and continues to make her mark on women's football around...

Karen Ephraim – Interview

  Karen Ephraim is a professor of the Master in Coaching course at the Johan Cruyff Institute, Amsterdam. Since 2010, Karen has been teaching the...

EURO 2017; 7 Months After Becoming Head Coach – Sarina Wiegman Leader Her Country...

  During the Semi-Finals of the Women's European Championships on the evening of August 3rd, Moya Dodd tweeted that whilst there are a very low...

EURO 2017: Steffi Jones on the hot seat after Germany loss

    Filling the shoes of a successful coach is never easy, especially if that coach is Germany's Silvia Neid. But Steffi Jones may soon be...

A GREAT weekend for female coaches worldwide!

The summer months if your in the Northern Hemisphere, or the winter months if you are in the Southern Hemisphere of 2017 are hotting...

EURO 2017: Pre-tournament interview with Switzerland Head Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

  The Swiss women's national football team has gotten the European Championship year off to a good start with its victory in the Cyprus Cup....

EURO 2017: Former Germany Coach Sylvia Neid and her phenomenal success as player and...

  Silvia Neid, who stepped down as Germany coach in 2016, has been part of all eight of their UEFA Women's EURO triumphs. She looks...

EURO 2017: Quotes from the Female Coaches in action today

Today Germany and Sweden will renew their rivalry in UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Group B, with Italy and Russia hoping to better the 2016 Olympic...

EURO 2017: Only 6 out of 16 coaches are women, but it’s an improvement…

  This week saw the start of the UEFA European Women's Football Championships, hosted in the Netherlands.  There is a huge amount of excitement around...

Jazz Hervin – Interview

  Jazz Hervin is a passionate young football coach from the South West of England and has been with the FCN since day one…in fact,...

Nicole Farley – Interview

  Nicole Farley is a futsal and football coach in the UK, working as part of the Regional Talent Centre for Chelsea FC foundation and...

Men Continue to Dominate US Sport Governance; “Behind all the Olympic medals and...

  Many look at the U.S. as the leader in women’s sports participation and competition. When it comes to opportunities to play that may indeed...

Aimée Knight – Interview

Aimée Knight is a Graduate Sports Therapist based in the North West of England who is also one of the very few women working...

#NSCAAla Report from the Women in Soccer Symposium

The second annual Women in Soccer Symposium kicked off today in Los Angeles. Hosted by Goal Nation, and loosely partnered with the NSCAA (National Soccer...

#NSCAAla: Updated Female presenter schedule for the up and coming NSCAA LA Convention!

  Thanks to our FCN Ambassador Sarah Dwyer-Shick, here is an updated schedule of the female speakers at this years NSCAA LA Convention on 11th...

Fill your 2017 NSCAA Convention schedule with female presenters & panelists!

    The annual NSCAA Convention is less than a week away and the number of women presenting continues to grow! The first NSCAA Convention I...

The Importance Of Speed

Speed is an essential part of most sports and nowadays, sports at all levels are demanding more physicality and skill from all athletes of...

Even footballing legends who are nominated for Coach of the Year are treated badly...

A couple of weeks ago we shared the fantastic news that footballing legend and friend of the FCN Vera Pauw has been nominated by...

Female coaches fill the list for the The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016 Award;...

  FIFA have announced the shortlist of the candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016, which we are please to say it is filled with...

Melissa Barbieri – Interview

    Melissa Barbieri is the newly appointed Head Coach to the Heidelberg United women’s team, after recently retiring from being the Australian Women’s Soccer National...

The biggest difference in coaching male and female players in the US? … Diversity

Last fall I accepted the position of Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Dutchess Community College in New York. I have spent most of my...

What did we learn from women’s football at Rio 2016; 66 Goals, 3 red...

    66 Goals, 3 red cards, 3 penalty shoot outs, 4 female coaches. The women’s football competition has ended at Rio 2016 has ended with...

FOOTBALL: Women’s Football Round Up 6th August 2016

We wondered whether there would be goals once more, as the second group games took place. We got great goals, some early qualifications to...

FOOTBALL: Women’s Olympic Football Roundup: 3rd August 2016

Yesterday was the inaugural Rio 2016 women’s football matches. Here is all about those female coaches involved and their respective teams.   1pm: Sweden 1-0 South...

OLYMPIC FACTS: Only a third of the Women’s Soccer Head Coaches at Rio are...

With only one third of the women’s football Head Coaches being female at Rio 2016, they are in the minority. Probability dictates that a...

3 Female Coaches you didn’t know where NCAA Division 1 athletes…

You’ve probably heard the names of the 3 women profiled below, because of their notable accomplishments as coaches. I don’t blame you- they’ve had some great careers...

Manisha Tailor recognised and merited as a Rising Star in Sport 2016.

  Manisha Tailor, our FCN blogger and partner in raising the profile of female football / soccer coaches has been recognised for her work in...

The devastating ‘Brexit’ of Team GB Women’s Football from the Rio Olympics

  With England’s men’s team crashing out to minnows Iceland this time last week in the European Championships, maybe having no Team GB Men’s football...

Why are there not more women interested in coaching?

This is a question I am often asked, usually by male coaches or referees who are genuinely interested. In the U.S., where girls can...

Founder of the FCN speak on BBC TV about the Eva Carneiro case

Yesterday it was announced that Eva Carneiro - the Chelsea FC Doctor who was verbally abused by the then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, has settle...

No matter what level we are at in our playing or coaching we are...

Deep in the south (US) there is a small private Christian school. For a long time this school did not have athletic teams. Then...

Don’t forget to focus on the little things; my change of plan

I was sure doing this was the right thing and that it was challenging but achievable. But now I'm beginning to question it. Sitting...

My experience coaching football in Tanzania

Football has played a big role in my life. Growing up, I’d get involved with football as much as possible, from playing in the...

You never know when you’ll meet someone or do something simple that catches someone’s...

I first shared this story several years ago when I was coaching at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Years later I still find value in these...
shouting female coach

How we react is what defines us as Coaches…

We see it a lot in coaching and athletics. Sometimes a coach gets frustrated with practices, games, schools, and players. Sometimes they have helped...

FCN Ambassador Jazz heads off to China

Jazz Hervin is a football coach from the UK who has recently passed her UEFA B licence, aged only 21.  Jazz was the first...

Nora Dooley – Interview

  Nora Dooley is a coach with a very interesting coaching lifestyle! She is the Self-Directed Learning Coach and ASK for Choice Strategist for Coaches...

Life as a volunteer; how much does coaching cost you? (part 5)

There are thousands of us around the World that give up countless hours each week to coach our beloved sports.  Governing bodies are continually...

Why Mom should coach the kids…

Youth sport depends upon volunteer coaching usually by the parents of participating children. Before you pass by the “Head Coach” slot and write in...

Life as a Volunteer Coach; time commitment and personal sacrifices (part 4)

There are thousands of us around the World that give up countless hours each week to coach our beloved sports.  Governing bodies are continually...

Congratulations you have been hired because you are a woman. You will now be...

Congratulations you have been hired because you are a woman. You will now be the role model for all the girls/women in our program!    ...

OLYMPIC REVIEW: 20 Years of Women’s Football at the Olympics – An Overview of...

  Since Atlanta in 1996, it is fair to say women’s football has gone from strength to strength. With the 2016 Rio Olympics, the sporting...

Our Strength Coach ‘Knows her stuff’; a lesson from our coach

Claudia achieved the Coaching F License at 20 and has since coached with Berkshire Soccer Academy in Massachusetts and had experience working with  Team First...

Life as a Volunteer Coach; A New Coaches Experience… (part 3)

  There are thousands of us around the World that give up countless hours each week to coach our beloved sports.  Governing bodies are continually...

Marnelli Dimzon – Interview

  Marnelli Dimzon, also known as 'Let Dimzon', is a former Philippine international footballer and coach. She is the current head coach of the?FEU Lady...

1% Better…

Claudia achieved the Coaching F License at 20 and has since coached with Berkshire Soccer Academy in Massachusetts and had experience working with  Team First...

LISTEN: Coaching Tip; Youth Development with Bev Priestman

Listen to our Coaching Tip from UK born Canadian Soccer Coach Bev Priestman. Everton FC knew she was a winner, hiring her even before she...

Life as a Volunteer Coach; Coaching Environments & Facilities (part 2)

There are thousands of us around the World that give up countless hours each week to coach our beloved sports.  Governing bodies are continually...

Life as a volunteer coach; Meet the Coaches

There are thousands of us around the World that give up countless hours each week to coach our beloved sports.  Governing bodies are continually...

What Coaching really means…

Claudia achieved the Coaching F License at 20 and has since coached with Berkshire Soccer Academy in Massachusetts and had experience working with  Team First...

Why passing up great opportunities can lead to even greater ones…

Claudia achieved the Coaching F License at 20 and has since coached with Berkshire Soccer Academy in Massachusetts and had experience working with  Team First...

VLOG: Manisha Tailor introduces us to one of her teams!

UEFA B Football coach Manisha Tailor works as Centre Manager at Middlesex Girls Centre of Excellence in the UK. She is also an FA...

Extra Time; Wendy Louque

Extra Time is our ‘just for fun’ feature where we ask coaches some ice breaker questions to find out a little bit more about...

Whatever your sport or field, no matter how intimidated you may feel, go to...

With experience coaching at all three NCAA Divisions, and two trips to the NCAA tournament, Sarah is currently the Assistant Men’s Coach at Dutchess...

When Girls Became Lions – Book Trailer

"The memory of a strong woman is a sanctuary . . . .” And so begins our story. It’s 1983. Teacher Bailey Crawford and a bunch of...

Jose Mourinho proves that arrogance doesn’t equal success; A lesson to be learnt

With the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho, the manger of one of the biggest football clubs in the World Chelsea FC, I thought it...

How my own terrible coaches motivated me to be the best…

“I’m Rachael aged 18 currently studying A levels at college in Northampton, U.K.  I currently coach/manage Well and Valley under 10 girls and under 12s Northamptonshire...

Why I want to be a role model for young Asian’s to take up...

UEFA B Football / Soccer coach Manisha Tailor works as Centre Manager at Middlesex Girls Centre of Excellence in the UK. She is also an...

Coach’s dilemma – one of them

“I am an enthusiastic UEFA B football coach with a particular interest in goal keepers and I love a challenge. I coach both boys...

Mental Health Matters…

  UEFA B Football / Soccer coach Manisha Tailor works as Centre Manager at Middlesex Girls Centre of Excellence in the UK. She is also an...

Don’t see your role in the team as a tool to develop yourself…

Vera Pauw and played and coached football all over the World and has recently triumphed in getting her team Banyana Banyana, the South African...

The difference between coaching boys and girls…

  "I am an enthusiastic UEFA B football coach with a particular interest in goal keepers and I love a challenge. I coach both boys...

Vera Pauw – Interview

Vera Pauw has made a mark in the history of Women’s Football WorldWide. Vera set a number of unique records in Dutch football as...

How do you instill belief of your coaching philosophies in your players?

How do you instil belief of your coaching philosophies in your players? That’s a difficult question! It starts with the intrinsic motivation of the players themselves...

Why feedback has been important to me…

Feedback has enabled to develop as a coach and think about delivering in a different way. From my level 2, right after my first delivery...

Manisha Tailor – Interview

  Manisha Tailor has taken the football industry by storm ever since she embarked on a career change in 2011. After working as a teacher...

Jimena Rojas – Interview

Jimena Rojas becomes only the second female coach to work with a professional men’s football team in Costa Rica after Delia Villalobos in 1996....

Managing Mistakes with the ‘Hat-trick Rule’

Fact: Everyone makes mistakes! Scenario taken from ACC training Tuesday: a player is shielding a ball from the defender, the player loses the ball. Coaching options: * go...

A Future England Manager in the making; Emotions of a Coach

How I deal with my emotions during a game... Depending on what the game plan and the game, you and your team will need different...

A Future England Manager in the Making; Top 5 Motivational Quotes

Here are my 5 favourite motivational quotes...  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will...

A future England Manager in the making; preparing for match day

This week, we asked Jazz how as a coach, she prepares for match day... Evening before: Packing my bags; Print out sheets; Go over targets/game plan – I...

A future England Manager in the making; what it takes to be a successful...

In this mini-blog, we asked Jazz what she has learned over her career and the top 5 elements of being a successful coach... What lessons have...

The Power of the Superstar: Skill versus Physical Development.

It’s fair to say that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived; some say he’s the best.  It seems...

FIFA Women’s World Cup; The game that nobody wants to play

The game that nobody wants to play; the two losing semi-finalists go head-to-head to determine who finishes third in the World Cup.                 This years game was between Germany, the twice World Cup winners, and England who have reached the furthest they have ever done.   For the Germans it was a poignant game; the last that former world player of the year Nadine Angerer would play and also the last game Silvia Neid would be at the helm for.  For England, they were looking for their first

Lois Fidler – Interview

  Lois Fidler began life at The FA in the Women's National Player Development Centre and provided full-time scholarships to a number of talented young...

I knocked and the door opened (part 2)

In the midst of all this (part1), I was at a FAWSL football game with a friend. Literally as we were talking about coaching,...

I knocked and the door opened (part 1)

I'm in! It’s been about 10 weeks since my original blog; written on the verge of attending my first coaching course.  Since then, I continue to...

Bev Priestman – Interview

  Bev Priestman is a football coach from the U.K. Everton FC knew she was a winner, hiring her even before she finished university. A...

Nicky Pearson – Interview

  Nicky Pearson originally from Fulham in the UK, moved to Canada in 1980 at only 15 years old. She joined a local women’s soccer?team...

Shireen Ahmed – Interview

  Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and Sports Activist focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, advocate, community organizer, and works...

Marieanne Spacey – Interview

  Since the birth of the Women's Football Super League in the UK in 2010 and with the formation of the Team GB football team...

My Coaching Journey – Tracy Donachie

Tracy is a PhD Research student at York St Johns University in the UK.  She is qualified in performance psychology and currently works with various athletes, sports teams and coaches.  Below, Tracy has shared with us her journey from an ...

Lisa Fallon – Interview

  Lisa Fallon is a UEFA A licensed football coach who works with Northern Ireland men’s National Team and Cork City FC as a Performance/Opposition...

Jazz Hervins 1st Game in charge of Men’s Football Team in England

South West Peninsula Football League – Premier Division Stoke Gabriel FC (1) v Launceston FC (1) On Saturday 9th August, it was the first league game...
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