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Parents in youth football- Potentially ‘Pushy’, always Pivotal.

By Dr Laura Finnegan (originally published here)   Damien Duff hit the headlines in Ireland recently saying that the biggest difficulty with coaching in underage football is dealing with ‘pushy parents’. This might be true but the reality is that... Continue Reading →

Where you are born matters for football development

By Laura Finnegan - originally published here. I’m from Louth, with a passion for sport. Despite (or because of!) this I had never seen a game of hurling until I was a wide-eyed 17 year old leaving home for college... Continue Reading →

Relative Age Effect in Irish elite youth football

By Laura Finnegan originally published here.  What is it? The relative age effect (RAE) refers to a preference for selecting footballers born earlier in the year, often due to enhanced maturational factors (being bigger, faster, stronger physically but also are often... Continue Reading →

Talking Coach Education

Football Collective member Dr Richard Bailey of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education recently completed a contribution to The Talent Equation Podcast, a platform ran by Stuart Armstrong. Take  a listen here. There are some interesting lessons... Continue Reading →

The challenge to care in an uncaring football world

Colom Cronin of LJMU offers an insight into his research in football. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Ellie Whittaker – A critical evaluation of the elite player performance programme (EPPP)

Ellie Whittaker presents her post graduate research offering an insight into elite football contexts through her presentation:  "We're trying to create normal people in a world that wants aliens": A critical evaluation of the elite player performance programme (EPPP). The event... Continue Reading →

Film: Mike Green – European Football Journal

Mike Green from Hartpury College presents insight into the European Football Journal. The journal is set to host its first event at St Georges Park on 4 May 2017. Book on the event here. The event was held at FC... Continue Reading →

Operating in a Macho Environment: Power, dominance, and control

By Francesca Champ I’ve worked in the ‘beautiful game’ for over 3 years. My role during this time has been to design, implement, and deliver a bespoke psychological development program to an elite level professional football club’s academy set up... Continue Reading →

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