In Episode 13, we speak to William Vazquez, former Central Coast Mariners U20s coach and Youth League Assistant. Will discusses the importance of developing relationships with players, patterns of play vs decision making, the process of preparing for a game and the pre-game routine.
In Episode 12, we speak to Jess Ibrom, UEFA A Licensed Coach who has 19 years experience as an Elite Youth Developer, National Coach and High Performance Coach. Jess was an Academy Coach for the Wellington Phoenix of the Australian Hyundai A League, has worked with the Houston Dynamo FC of the Major League Soccer as well as working with Chelsea FC of the English Premier League.
In Episode 11, we speak to Mark O’Sullivan (@markstkhlm), youth coach at AIK Stockholm in Sweden. Mark is a coach educator, a consultant, completing a PhD and founder of the footblogball blog. Mark chats about designing learning spaces from an ecological dynamics perspective, where tasks are representative of the game, where perception and action is coupled, using repetition without repetition and promoting an external focus of attention.
In Episode 10, we chat to Danny Beauchamp, Technical Director of Women's at Northside Futsal Club. Danny discusses the benefits of futsal, challenges in developing the game and why some football coaches tell players not to play futsal. Danny also chats about grassroots coaching at Northbridge FC and the Central Coast's International Football School.
In Episode 9, we chat to Germán Cabrera, a former professional player, who now runs G10 Fitness & Futbol, where he provides elite performance training for youth, semi-professional and professional players. Germán discusses his journey as a player, 1to1 and small group sessions, football fitness, improving player confidence, mentoring players and how he uses social media (Instagram), to engage with players and other coaches.
In Episode 8, we chat to Kory Babington, Director of Football at the famous Westfields Sports High and former Assistant Coach for Western Sydney Wanderers Academy National Youth League team. We talk to Kory about the High Performance Pilot Program run with Football Federation Australia, the use of individualised Performance Plans and why the school has been so successful, with graduates such as Aaron Mooy, Mathew Ryan and Harry Kewell.
In Episode 7, we chat to Jordi Fernandez, who is the Technical Director or Project Director of the BARÇA Academy Sydney. Jordi discusses his ideas on self organised learning, developing a style of play, technique and how it can be trained, winning vs development, as well as coach and parent education.
We speak to North Shore Mariners WPL Head of Performance Phase and 1st Grade Head Coach Drew Taylor. We chat to Drew about his master of education research study on the effects of multi-task and cognitive effort training on decision making. We also talk about his mentors, self improvement, coach development and getting out of your comfort zone.
In episode two of the Functional Football Podcast, we spoke to Ed Ferguson. In that episode, Ed stated that: “As a coach, you’re changing 10 people’s lives. As a coach developer, you can impact 10 coaches and each one of those impacts 10 kids, and therefore, through your coach developer role, you’re impacting 100 kids every time you step on the park.”
We speak to Dave Mitchell, a former Socceroo and A-League Coach. Dave discusses sacrifices he made to get to the Professional level, issues you have to deal with coaching at the professional level in dealing with players and the man management strategies he used. He also discusses his role as a scout for Feyernoord in Australia and Asia, some of the issues facing Australia football at the moment and offers advice for young coaches.
In episode one of the Functional Football Podcast, we spoke to Isaac Guerrero (Technical Director FC Barcelona Football School) and Jordi Fernandez (Barca Academy Director, Sydney). In that episode, Jordi stated that: “Our curriculum, or our guide, is the player. What Isaac is introducing at FCBEscola (Barca Academy) is a white paper, a blank paper and we have to fill it with what we see every day. What your duty is, is to learn what that player needs and what is that players motivation and how can you make them fit in your context which is the team.” – Jordi Fernandez
For our first episode of the FUNCTIONAL FOOTBALL PODCAST, we are joined by the Technical Director and head of Methodology of FC Barcelona Football School in Barcelona, Isaac Guerrero. Joining Isaac, is Technical Director of the FC Barcelona Football School in Sydney Australia.