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Comment: The pitfalls of junior football coaching

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Picture the scene. Out in the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the city sits a football training ground.­  The best playing surface money can purchase - woodlands all around, exclusive with its fences and security guards making sure that only the invited take part.  The invited,­ with their children dressed all in blue kit, everyone looking pristine budding to be the next Messi, running around on the training ground, working on their football game.  The coach giving out instruc­tions. Idyllic, all so beautiful. I watch, listen and observe.
 
In a break in training I take the opportunity to exchange a few points of reference with one of the coaches.  I don

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