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Jon Townsend

The Liverpool FC Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way THE TRULY ICONIC FOOTBALL CLUBS ARE DEFINED BY THEIR ABILITY to dominate on and off the pitch. Perhaps no other enterpr...

The lost art of defending

In an age where attacking players exude an unrivalled degree of balance and explosive athleticism, there exists an assured, yet waning breed of player relishing...

The Me in Team

WHEN JOHAN CRUYFF DESCRIBED the basis of Total Football, he really described team football in two sentences: "Simple football is the most beautiful. But playing...

The allure of the rondo

Call is Piggy in the Middle, 3v1, 5v2, 5v5+2 or any variation where a numerically superior group of players has the ball and a smaller group of players tries to...
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Following in the futsal shadows

FOOTBALL HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE a game of contrasting styles, evolving philosophies of play and trendy paradigms that captivate the world only to be emulated, b...

The game is free

I HAVE THIS MEMORY of my father showing me a clip of Pelé juggling a grapefruit when I was a boy that reminds me how simple the game really is. Like any young b...

The Tom Byer effect

PART OF WHAT MOTIVATED ME IN FOOTBALL was the drive to improve. Growing up, I was afforded an unconventional footballing education, one that took from the gritt...

A simple game in a complex world

Soccer really is a simple game in a complex world. The year was 2001, and I sat in my high school cafeteria with my buddies and I noticed many of the prestigiou...

The coach’s conundrum

THE MODERN FOOTBALL COACH IS LIKE A HOME BUILDER. While not an architect, they are tasked with the construction, organisation, and management of several pieces ...
Jon Townsend

Jon Townsend

Senior Writer