Kids 13: Seniors

Matt Zurbo on how to deal with kids who are being pushed for senior footy.

Kids 12: Prep and Plan

Matt Zurbo on how to teach the kids about preparation and planning.

Kids 11: Strategies

Matt Zurbo continues his series on coaching kids. Here he gives some ideas on how to teach kids about strategy.

Kids 10: The Muppet

Matt Zurbo on how to coach the kids who struggle with the basic skills of football.

We Salute You

Echoing the sentiments of many, Swish Schwerdt pays tribute to the thankless volunteers who make sports across the country happen every week. We salute you!

Kids 9: Fun

Matt Zurbo gives tips on how to keep football fun for the kids.

Kids 8: Parents

Matt Zurbo on how to handle and deal with parents.

Kids 7: Jets

Matt Zurbo continues his series on coaching kids. Here are some suggestions for what to do with the better-skilled kids in the team.

Kids 6: Quitting

Matt Zurbo continues his series junior coaching. Here’s his suggestion on what to do if a kid feels like quitting.

Kids5: Supporters’ awards

Matt Zurbo continues his series on coaching young footballers. Here’s another suggestion – which doesn’t cost much.

Kids4: Empty Nights

What does Matt Zurbo suggest when hardly any players turn up for training?

Kids 3. Body Language

Matt Zurbo’s writings on coaching kids continues. Part three is about body language; “Coaching kids who are losing each week is the best challenge there is in football… You have to speak from your ribs. You have to believe, or there’s no point at all.”

Kids 2. First Give Them Fire

Matt Zurbo on coaching juniors: Part 2. “The biggest mistake you can make is treating them like kids…”

Kids 1

Matt Zurbo begins a 15-part series on coaching kids. Here’s some suggestions which I suspect you wouldn’t have thought of before. [Wish you were my coach Old Dog – Ed]

This series will run Monday-Friday for three weeks.

Life and Death

Matt Zurbo reflects.

I Hate a Mob

Matt Zurbo with some thoughts on the booing of Adam Goodes .

Round 7 – Sydney v Geelong: Today and Then and Football

Old Dogs watches Sydney and Geelong go at it and wonders how a foreigner would view the spectacle.

2015 ICC World Cup – Final: For Love of Underdogs and the Australian Way (and Blog – add your comments)

Matt Zurbo argues the case that, if you’re really in touch with what it means to be Australian, then you’ll be barracking for New Zealand today.

What do you reckon? Add your pre-game comments. And join in the conversation during the game.

Moments and Friendships

A sunburnt Old Dog just kicks back every now and then and thinks about what’s been going on and who he’s bumped in to and what’s coming up. Another footy season approaches and the oval hardness may be too much for one sprinkler. [I love a good Zurbo refelction – Ed]

A skill that can’t be measured

Stan Alves turns it around and asks Matt Zurbo a question. A good one too. [Old Dog with some of his trademark footy-thinking]