Coerver® Coaching Connacht academies deliver a technical development programme for youth football players that is brought to you by Coerver® Coaching (“The world’s number 1 soccer skills teaching method”) and their international partner adidas®.

Who are Coerver® Coaching?

Coerver® Coaching is "The World's # 1 soccer skills teaching method" Inspired by the great Dutch coach, Wiel Coerver® & run by Co-Founders Alf Galustian & Charlie Cooke & Established 1984.

Coerver® Coaching is endorsed and used by the world’s greatest managers, coaches, clubs and federations & is an official partner of Adidas. Coerver® coaching is in Ireland both as a player development program and as a coach education program.

Why Coerver® Coaching?

Our Coerver® coaching program is adaptable to every club and every league and is completely flexible to your needs, your ‘players’ needs and your coach’s needs. Our programs are built around the individual for whom they were developed for since 1984.

Coerver® coaching is a global coaching method that focuses on technical player development which is essential to tactical team development and implemented correctly both support each other extremely well and is endorsed by federations from countries such as Spain ,Germany, Holland & Japan to name a few and club teams such, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Benfica, Arsenal & Bayern Munich.

There are countless examples of playing the Coerver® way but fundamentally it is giving the player the confidence to be the best they can be technically so that they can play as required tactically.

Where are Coerver® Coaching Connacht located?

We are based in Dublin but have Academies throughout Connacht.

Coerver® Coaching is a global football coaching programme inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke.

Highlights since 1984:

  • 8 TV series in 8 languages
  • Videos, DVD’s and books in 12 languages
  • 1.5 million kids and coaches have attended Coerver® Coaching camps/clinics
  • adidas® partner for 20 years

Coerver® Coaching is:

  • A football skills teaching method suited for all ages but especially for players aged 4-15 years old of all abilities and their parents, coaches and teachers
  • A Method that focuses on Individual skills development and small group play

Endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations including:

  • French Football Federation
  • Football Federation of Australia
  • Chinese Football Association
  • Japanese Football Association
  • Bayern Munich FC
  • Benfica, Global youth Partners
  • Newcastle United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Global partner adidas®

The ultimate goal of the Coerver® Coaching Method is to:

  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players
  • Make the game fun to practice and play
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
  • Value winning but not more than character and performance
  • Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria

When Coerver® Coaching launched it's new 3 part DVD series and book entitled 'A New Era' it did more than just extend its product range. These new products contained the blueprint for Coerver® Coaching going into the new Millennium.

This new curriculum is represented by The Pyramid of Player Development©1997 which consists of 6 building blocks.

Each block combines dozens of games and training exercises for all ages and many have been featured in the Coerver® Coaching book, "Master class" series and the "New Era" video series. All the exercises can be used by both coaches who are planning team training sessions and by players practicing on their own.

Ball Mastery is the foundation of every player's development and becomes essential for progress through the pyramid. But don't think of this as a ladder, where one level must be mastered before continuing to the next level. Instead each step is integral to the others and the player improvement is achieved, as the techniques at each level become stronger.

  • Group Attack
    Exercises and games that improve small group play with emphasis on Fast Break Attacks

  • Finishing
    Exercises and games that improve technique and encourage instinctive play around the goal

  • Speed
    Exercises and games to improve agility, acceleration and power with and without the ball

  • Moves (1v1)
    Exercises and games that teach game winning individual moves and create space against packed defences

  • Receiving And Passing
    Exercises and games to improve 1st touch and to encourage accurate and creative passing

  • Ball Mastery
    1 player 1 ball. Repetition ball control exercises with both feet

"Alfred's Coerver® Coaching course at Real Madrid was very well received by us all, since our goal, especially in the formative years, is technical excellence. Unless players are highly technical, it does not matter what system or tactic you play, at the highest level you will probably lose." 

Vicente Del Bosque, Head Coach Spain National Team, FIFA World Cup™ & UEFA Euro Champion

"Coerver® is a really good way of building skill and intricacy in football. It shows that complex movements and drills can be taught with clever methods and sustained practice"

Matthew Syed, Award winning Times journalist and author of Bounce

"Coerver® Coaching has greatly influenced how the game is taught all over the world. This is a superb programme which can improve a whole generation of future players"

Osvaldo Ardiles, FIFA World Cup™ Champion - Argentina

"The reactions to Alfred's courses in Brazil were excellent. Many former World Cup players and coaches attended, and it was obvious to us all that the Coerver® Coaching programme encourages and teaches individual skills and creativity which is needed by us, as much as by other countries."

Carlos Parriera, FIFA World Cup™ Champion - Head Coach Brazil

"We at Arsenal are strong belivers in the Coerver® Coaching Program. We want all our young players to be exposed to it so we invited Alfred Galustian to be our Academy Technical Coaches Instructor"

Liam Brady, Former Academy Director - Arsenal FC

"I was a Coerver® pupil as a helped me so much in my career..I would recommend it to all coaches,parents and players"

John Collins Assistant Manager - Celtic FC, Former Everton FC, Celtic FC, Monaco FC and Scotland Captain

"At the early ages the foundation of teaching should focus on technique, Coerver was the first time I had been exposed to a curriculum, which focused on this philosophy. Since the early years Coerver has added game related and full game pressures to all of the skills, that was perfect for me in my work".

Jose Morrais, Assistant First Team Coach - Chelsea FC, Former First Team Coach Real Madrid CF & Inter Milan FC

"All young players will improve by following the Coerver Coaching programme. I have seen many different methods of coaching skills and Coerver Coaching beats them all".

Peter Beardsley, England legend and Football Development Manager - Newcastle United FC

"Coerver® Coaching is the best technical skills teaching method I have come across; even after 25 years it continues to evolve and excite"

Gerard Houllier, Former Technical Director French Football Federation,, Former manager Liverpool FC, Lyon FC & Aston Villa FC

"Coerver® Coaching's focus on teaching (individual) skills is, in my opinion, the best way to improve the next generation of players. This is a program that can do this."

Sir Geoff Hurst, FIFA World Cup™ Champion and only man to score 3 goals in a World Cup Final - England

"I was appointed by Sir Alex Ferguson as Technical Coach of Manchester United because I was a Coerver® Coach. He and I feel that the Coerver® Coaching program is the top way of teaching technical skills."

Rene Meulensteen, Former First Team Coach - Manchester United FC

"Coerver Coaching has history, it's authentic, and the best soccer teaching programme I have seen. I worked with the Coerver programme all through my career, and it certainly made me a better player"

Kristine Lilly, Most capped professional player of all time, Double FIFA World Cup™ Champion, Double Olympic Gold Medal Winner, USA

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