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The Keith Hackett column - The basic principles of decision making

25 Nov 2011

I am often asked what makes a good referee. I usually give a different answer almost every time I respond, because of the myriad of skills that a referee must possess and continue to develop. I might answer: • That a referee must...
 

Paul Trevillion exclusive - part 2

24 Nov 2011

Football runs through the veins of world famous sports artist Paul Trevillion. You get the feeling when speaking to him that there is absolutely no chance he could have ended up doing anything else. Or at least that nobody could do what...
 

Fitness first - Is Plantar Fasciitis getting in the way of your game?

24 Nov 2011

Football is a physical sport and even though players are highly physically trained, injuries are a common part of the game. Every day we hear about a player who is out of action - and some have had their career...
 

The Ben Smith column: The insecurity of football

22 Nov 2011

I have been lucky enough to earn my living from football for the past sixteen years and feel very privileged to have been able to do something everyday that I love and get paid for it. However, like anything there are also some downsides...
 

Mind and body - a new look!

18 Nov 2011

Your performance is only as good as what you eat! There has been a lot of focus recently on healthy eating and making sure we get the right nutrients, including our five a day to enhance health and performance. This, of course,...
 

The Keith Hackett column - Dealing with dissent

16 Nov 2011

There is no doubt that if allowed to go unchecked in a game, dissent will undermine your authority and will lead you on a path to a loss of respect and control if you are weak. At the first sign of dissent by word or action take this...
 

The personal trainer's guide to football fitness

16 Nov 2011

Although there are other versions of the game, football is still played in two main forms, the 90 minute version and the more explosive five-a-side game. Football requires you to be constantly on the go. Your fitness...
 

The science of football: Refuelling during exercise

14 Nov 2011

Let me set the scene. We’re 60 minutes into a football match, a player goes down injured, the referee halts the game and medical staff dash onto the pitch to treat the injured player. As a result, the players on the pitch typically...
 

Diary of a Sunday League club - Tommy shows 'em how it's done

14 Nov 2011

Total Football's adopted Sunday League side Barely Athletic went on the rampage as Rebellion went flat. This was a match all about the irresistible force that is Tommy Trenchard, as the chillaxed striker stole the show with a hatful of...
 

Fitness first - By Bruno de Jongh

9 Nov 2011

Today we start a brand new column with leading fitness expert Bruno de Jongh. Bruno starts his column by looking at the importance of your core muscles. I’ve been reading several forums on the internet about amateur footballers...
 

Go for goals: Prawn sandwiches

9 Nov 2011

Roy Keane has never been one to mince his words and infamously ranted about ‘the prawn sandwich brigade’. He said: "We're 1-0 up, then there are one or two stray passes and they're getting on players' backs. It's just not on. At...
 

The Ben Smith column: The key to success

8 Nov 2011

Without doubt one of the most important ingredients required to be a successful footballer is confidence. However this confidence can sometimes manifest itself as arrogance both on and off the pitch. This, in my opinion, is one of the...
 

Sunday football - Barcelona style (Part 3)

7 Nov 2011

Total Football is following the fortunes of a Sunday League side in Barcelona. Here, we see Jasmit Jabbal's Darwins side enjoying an upturn in fortunes... We played our third game of the season against Real Balmes. Darwins had...
 

Should elite players under the age of 16 be lifting weights?

7 Nov 2011

Jordan McCann, head of fitness and conditioning at Luton Town, contributes to Total Football on a regular basis. Here, he focus on one of the most contentious issues regarding the development of young players’ physical capacity....
 

Diary of a Sunday League club - Celebrating a big win

7 Nov 2011

Total Football's adopted Sunday League side Barely Athletic enjoyed a reversal of fortunes as they recorded their first win of the season away to Tyburn Gallows. They then brought that form into a cup game against league high-flyers AC...
 

The science of football: The match day meal

7 Nov 2011

Optimising performance through good nutritional strategies - by Scott Robinson Introduction A footballers’ goal during performance is to perform their best. A number of factors can influence this, including issues related to...
 

The Ben Smith column: Life at the top - and playing at Old Trafford

24 Oct 2011

Reading the title of this week's column, you may be wondering "What does a lower league journeyman like him know about life at the top?" Until relatively recently you would be right in thinking not...
 

The science of football - with Scott Robinson

18 Oct 2011

Scott Robinson is a First Class Honours Sport Science graduate from the only five star rated Sports Science Research Institute in the UK; Liverpool John Moores University. He has acquired a wide range of experience in both playing...
 

Go for goals: Focus on the prize

18 Oct 2011

It was a very subtle change and yet it made such a big difference. For years I’d been a quick runner, but never the fastest in the team, and with being a defender and often the last man, it was important to be quick to catch a...
 

Sunday football - Barcelona style (Part 2)

18 Oct 2011

We continue to track the progress of our intrepid coach Jasmit Jabbal as he attempts to coach a Sunday League side in Barcelona. Yep, that's a Sunday side in Barcelona. Jasmit's coaching is not quite...