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Trials for 2022 FdA Academy Squads

Posted 3 Aug 2021 10:00AM

Trials are now open for our 2022 FdA Academy squads. U12 to U18 players can register to trial for the squads at the following link:

FdA U18 Goals - Surf College Cup & Dallas Showcase Tournaments

Posted 2 Aug 2021 10:00AM

Enjoy the match action and some stunning FdA strikes from our U18 participation in the  San Diego Surf College Cup & Dallas Showcase:

What's it like to train at a FdA Football Camp?

Posted 1 Aug 2021 11:00AM

This video offers parents and players a feel for what it's like to train at a FdA School Holiday Football Camp program:

Nutrition Video - What should youth footballers eat to maximise performance

Posted 31 Jul 2021 09:00AM

What should I be eating as a youth footballer to maximise my performance -

Video - What the top professionals do to fine tune skills & touch over the off season

Posted 30 Jul 2021 09:00AM

Check out what the top professional players to do maintain their sharp skills and footwork -

How footballers improve endurance & core strength

Posted 30 Jul 2021 09:00AM

Some nice sets of sprints and core strength exericses that you can do to boost your pre season fitness -

Goalkeeper warm up & training exercises - Video

Posted 30 Jul 2021 09:00AM

A nice reference for young goal keepers. Great exercises and good technique. How are your German language skills -

Do tactics or players win matches?

Posted 22 May 2012 10:00PM

It seems odd in this age of English football, that the “system” chosen by a manager gains as much analysis, plaudits and criticisms as they players on the pitch. The sheer number of formations that are now employed by managers throughout Europe and the world of football seems to boggle the mind.

In past eras there were defenders, midfielders and forwards. While in these systems there were variations in the ways that teams employed the system, the premise was essentially the same. These formations held guidelines for players, however it was individuals who made their decisions on the pitch.

These times now seem gone with further restrictions on players. The 4-3-3 has now become a 4-3-2-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-2-1-3 or 4-1-2-3 and has seemingly “placed the handbrake” on the midfield. The decision is no longer between a 3, 4 or 5 man midfield but rather between a single or double pivot in the centre of midfield.

This is further emphasized on the decision to appoint Roy Hodgson, ahead of Harry Redknapp, as the English manager for Euro 2012. The debate was about the style of coach required: in Redknapp and Hodgson, the FA were choosing between two men at complete opposite ends of the football coach’s ideological spectrum. Redknapp is all about individuals. A wheeler and dealer in the transfer market, he is regarded as a good man manager. However Redknapp’s sides often have a sense of anarchy to them, with Bale, van der Vaart and Modric often moving where they want to. He’s perfectly honest about it his lack of regard for a system. “Whether it’s 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 – the numbers game is not the beautiful game in my opinion,” Redknapp once said. “It is 10% about the formation and 90% about the players.”

This follows the mantra employed by Guardiola during his spell of unprecedented success at Barcelona. Inheriting an extremely successful side, who were well versed in the traditional 4-3-3 under Frank Rijkarard, Guardiola went about revolutionizing the way the team played at the Camp Nou. Guardiola’s system moved further towards controlling the midfield battle and possession, once even fielding an unbelievable 3-6-1 formation against Santos, to negate the threat of Neymar.

Hodgson is the complete opposite, the ultimate ‘system’ manager. His teams are very simple – they defend the same way, with two banks of four supplemented with two outright attackers – either two forwards or a lone striker supported by a number ten. Whereas Redknapp employs an army of coaches to do his work on the training ground, Hodgson personally drills his players relentlessly in training so they’re completely at home with the zonal defensive system, going through the same exercises again and again.

While Redknapp’s Tottenham and Guardiola’s Barca have enjoyed great success in recent times, Hodgson’s most recent post in charge of a “big club” at Liverpool cannot be remembered so fondly. However the question remains, do tactics or players win matches? The answer will be found in England’s run through Euro 2012.

Blog written and posted by Andrew Dind, FDA.

Alan Pardew - Manager of the Year?

Posted 10 May 2012 10:00PM

Roberto Mancini may have nine fingers on the Premier League trophy, - but with the blank chequeshe has at his disposal - so he should. Sir Alex Ferguson is without a doubt the best manager the Premier League - if not world football - has seen, but the way Manchester United ‘threw away’ the league by losing to Wigan and conceding four goals at Old Trafford to Everton in that epic draw, even Fergie himself cannot claim the title. So then surely,the title of ‘Manager of the Year’ must fall to a man whose team may not even make the top four?!

When Chris Hughton was sacked in controversial circumstances not long before Christmas in 2010, it was assumed that Newcastle’s owner, Mike Ashley, had a manager of great stature lined up to replace him.Hughton had led the Toon to promotion with his first attempt, winning the Championship by a massive 11-points, and his popularity among supporters increased further as the Geordie’s flirted with the mid-table positions on their return to the top-flight.
So when the announcement that AlanPardew, who had been sacked by League One Southampton hardly four months earlier, would succeed Hughton at St James' Park, fans were arguably right to once again voice their concerns at the capabilities of the club's hierarchy.Prior to joining Newcastle, Pardew's most prominent position had been as manager of West Ham, while the former Crystal Palace midfielder had not managed in the Premier League since being relegated with Charlton in 2008.
Yet, little over a year on from his appointment, Pardew was being heralded as the man to restore Newcastle's place among the Premier League's elite, with the Magpies losingjust once from August until mid-November, 2011.Only five wins in 14 games from then on threatened to derail hopes of Champions League qualification but, with one game of the season remaining, Newcastle still have an opportunity to finish in the top four, possibly even third.

Regardless of where Newcastle do finish come May 13, Pardew is, without question, the candidate most deserving of the top managerial honour.Such have the consistent highs been for Newcastle over the course of the campaign, it is often forgotten that they were gutted during the summer months, losing their captain Kevin Nolan and, arguably, their best player in Joey Barton.
Nolan was allowed to join West Ham, who offered him the security of a long-term deal, while the arrival of YohanCabaye at St James' Park led Barton to believe that his days too were numbered.Barton turned out to be correct, joining Queens Park Rangers when Newcastle agreed to terminate his contract after a number of vintage Joey Barton twitter rants.
Newcastle had, of course, also lost top scorer Andy Carroll only a few months earlier, and Pardew was forced to beg the board to invest a sizeable chunk of the £35 million made from his sale into the recruitment of new players.But the investment never came, instead Pardew had to settle for signing DembaBa, who had been relegated with West Ham, on a free transfer to compensate for the loss of Carroll.

So then it seemed Mike Ashely’s tight purse strings, by either luck or judgement, transpired to be a masterstroke, and Pardewgalvanized a side missing their two biggest personalities into one cohesive unit.
The acquisition of Ba proved to be inspired, while Cabaye instantly oozed class in the centre of midfield, and the decision to appoint FabricioColoccini club captain instantly paid dividends.The return of Hatem Ben Arfa helped too, and Pardew must be praised for the way in which he has dealt with the wizardry Frenchman, who has thrived under thePardew’sguidance.
How much influence Pardew has in player recruitment is open to debate, but he can also boast to have completed the capture of the season in PapissCisse.The goalscoring exploits of the Senegalese international have been so impressive since his January arrival that, according to reports, he is now a summer target for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid.
Pardew hasn’t had the luxury of spending to the extent of his closest ladder rivals. Although with the inspired signings he has brought in coupled with a now cohesive dressing room, Pardew has led a team to overtake the likes of giants Liverpool and Chelsea, whilst breathing down the necks of the North London neighbours, Arsenal and Tottenham, in search of a Champions League place. With third place still not out of the question, Alan Pardew has definitely stuck his hand up for the Manager of the Year award – and then some.
Blog post written by Jon Contos, FDA









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