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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:06:55 AM »
Given the relatively late announcement does that imply relatively little change? 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: February 19, 2019, 06:48:45 PM »
I mean how many adult players can the clubs linked to these academies accommodate?  So when the vast majority don't make it into the first team where do they go, the other clubs who have been starved of decent youth players and money because everything was focused on the so called elite?   Well if the idea is that they are elite keep it as two year age groups, making it single year only waters it down.   I've seen some poor players in RTCs as it is, there isn't the strength in depth to double the numbers and if there is money for that  other clubs deserve it.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:06:11 AM »
I hope not

Women's Football / Playing at different levels
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:15:04 PM »
Am I right in thinking a player can sign for 2 teams so long as one is significantly higher up the pyramid than another.  Does anyone know if that is right and if so where I can find the specifics ?


Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:05:08 AM »
Yes but I suppose clubs are looking at this division as a means to an end - developing players and if (if I'm getting it right) they are allowed to play some over age players down it'll be to get them match time coming back from injury etc.   Annoying if you are a regular in those development teams as that is your football but I suppose you'd also want to play against the best so the stronger the opposition the better.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:17:48 AM »

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 19, 2019, 08:04:28 PM »
Thanks.  Unrelated but does anyone have a link to the reserve league for WSL - I'm assuming there is one - is it on FullTime or anything like that just interested in how some players are getting on.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: January 18, 2019, 05:29:51 PM »
No news on this yet?

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:06:56 PM »
I'm not saying hoofball as such - they aren't lumping it into the box and trying to pick up the pieces. They just force the play a bit too much and lack imagination in their movement. Subjective opinion though.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:04:49 PM »
You'd have thought they'd have put it in the article, must admit I missed the letters above the badge!  I still think it's a bit ironic  they are bigging it up but fail to mention the local sfa haven't bothered with girls representative teams this year.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:32:01 PM »

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:08:12 PM »
U16 up to open age national league and reserves and even top div players on TV. 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:30:22 PM »
Also there was at least one girl from grassroots football at the last 2 events and also I believe one from an ACC, so the FA are definitely looking outside of the RTC's to find players too!

2 (or maybe even 3 ?) from Norwich at the second of the 2 U15 October camps

There was a bit locally about a girl from Derby ladies (the rtc) that had reached some kind of England camp trial (I'm not familiar with the system so I don't know if she got the whole way).   

The irony is she was spotted playing for Staffs Schools and Derbyshire Schools FA didn't bother entering an u16 girls side this year - not the fault of Derby ladies of course in fact I heard one of their coaches offered to run a schools FA team but was told it was too late.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:22:07 PM »
From what I've seen they do tend to favour direct football in that they try and force things a bit - there is a reluctance to go back to keep possession.    Quite a lot of it is fairly rigid too - not a lot of "total football" with interchange of position - that strikes me as perhaps being over coached by an unimaginative coach and/or a fear of making a mistake in terms of being caught out of position.   Th movement is poor or else there is a lack of creative ball players in midfield - I haven't seen many passes where I'd think I wouldn't have seen that - but of course there are two ends to a pass.

The strengths are the athleticism, the tempo they play at, first touch is usually good, determination, some good individuals one on one, some good goalkeepers. 

I suppose summarising I think it's a lack of imagination in the play.  I wonder if the fashion for high pressing really helps develop youth players.  When you have very fit players pressing it's brave to try and play through it and it's often easier to play past it because a)if you lose it it's further up the pitch b) nobody will blame you for giving the ball away in front of your own goal. 

What was your take on Derby?   They had a solid start to the season but seem to be falling away.   I've seen them and I thought they were very rigid - players stick to their positions and they don't take opportunities to get full backs overlapping - get 3rd man runs from midfield etc. 

In short a lack of creativity - I don't mean individual skills more a lack of intelligent movement and players who can capitalise on that by playing other than the obvious ball.   

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC 3 year Licence
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:09:00 PM »
I know the RTC system is favoured by most on here but the same money going into organising and supporting  grassroots leagues you could have a decent level of football closer to all players.   Yes as it is the standard is not always high but largely because the FA has pretty much left volunteer leagues to get on with it.

You don't need paid uefa A and B coaches especially at the younger ages you need good level 1 & 2 coaches who are committed to their players, too often people now are taking badges to advance their own coaching prospects not to advance their players.  Yes there are some great coaches at RTCs but there are some shockers too just as in grassroots.   

These days anyone with football knowledge and the interpersonal skills should be able to decide on a philosophy and find tons of resources online, books etc on how to coach towards that.   

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: County Squads and RTC's
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:07:25 PM »
Think it depends on the county schools FA, got a feeling it's u14 but definitely u16 though some don't enter.  My county haven't this year which is a shame as I coach two players who would have really deserved the chance to play with and against RTC players.   

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: London Bees Academy Shambles
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:04:58 PM »
Nice add ons don't make better players though.  You need good players and good coaches, the RTC players come from grassroots and there are good and poor coaches in both.   

I'm not arguing that our existing grassroots system is better than an RTC for player development - just that given the money RTCs are given I think a better system could be devised that keeps high quality opposition through regional leagues which could also bring in the talented players currently outside RTCs.   

Poor coaches would lose players because there would be real choice for players whereas now RTCs are usually the only show in town and if you take your uefa B you can probably get a post at one irrespective of how good you really are.   If there is a club developing good female players why not let them keep doing that and offer supplementary training through regional centres and a stronger system of inter county matches (my county schools FA hasn't even entered a girls side at any age group this season!) and get the FA to set up regional divisions where the strongest teams can compete at a high level?   

Seems to me most womens football fans moan about Doncaster etc not being allowed to compete on merit but don't apply the same logic to the youth game.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: London Bees Academy Shambles
« on: October 23, 2018, 02:47:50 PM »
But RTC'S are putting there own money into it so it's not all funded by the FA so  how would this work.... Also having a daughter who is in second year of an RTC she has said how much different grass roots is!! She completed a season in under 12's and had to retrial to get into the under 14's during the summer. I. Between trials at other RTC's she also trailed at Grassroots clubs and for her at 12 she noticed a considerable difference. She got offered at an excellent grass roots club playing up a year to U14'S but also got offered a contract back in the RTC U14'S. I did want her to go back to grassroots as travelling etc but she wanted and did go back to the RTC, her reasoning behind her decision was she wants to develop herself In football and although the coaches at Grassroots are excellent the actually game playing is different as the girls at the RTC are higher level. It's great to be good but to develop I need to be with those that play better.....  So I do think there need to be this kind of elite system for the girls but maybe there should be more.... Such a shame London Bees hasn't worked for all ages as we were also at these trials until we pulled out and the whole way they were saying it would be sounded great!

As far as I know RTCs get their money money from the FA - that funding could go to helping run PDCs for additional coaching, decent county level competition etc.     Inthink the standard would be at least as high and there would be more variety with the cream rising to the top by competition.   Grassroots is only a poorer option because it is effectively ignored by the FA. 

The problem with RTCs is they damage the clubs outside of them and that is the system 90% of RTC players go into if they want to keep playing football.   

The FA WSL / Re: Chelsea cant score in the league
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:11:45 AM »
It was a yellow card offence

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