New five-year bans for grassroots players who assault a referee

The new laws, to be introduced for the 2017-18 season, will apply to ‘step five’ – four tiers beneath the National League – and leagues below.

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Players could also face an 84-day ban and £100 fine for any physical contact with a match official. Verbal threats will incur a minimum 56-day ban, or six matches, and £50 fine.

These sanctions will be a minimum, but a commission can increase the ban based on aggravating factors.

Are these rule changes right? Are they too excessive? I’d love to hear your opinions



Family Inspirations


Recently, I have been having to deal with the loss of a very close family member. My Nan sadly passed away on the 18th June.  Today was the day that her ashes were scattered in the place that she wanted and this has led to reflect on what an inspiration my Nan has been towards me. Whilst it has nearly been a month since her passing, I have been able to reflect on the impact she has had on both my coaching and teaching career.

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Is Coaching an Art or a Science?


Let me begin by posing a question for you to ponder aimed at the core of your coaching philosophy. Is the development of young athletes from the perspective of the coach a sports science or an art form? Do you believe the science, research or training methods are most important? Or do you believe that the art of coaching and working with youth is more important than any science or training methods?

The simple answer to the art vs. science question is that coaching is an ever-changing mixture of both, but after a little digging, some additional and pretty fundamental questions emerge. Precisely, what is the art of coaching and what is the science? Continue reading

Using Questioning During Sports Coaching

c1e27f_1e19abf9de5449ed97cd4c0f62bdcdb1Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development. Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development. Of course there are various ways to accomplish this and no method is going to work all of the time, however, it is important to consider the potential influence that asking an insightful question can have on the development of athletes. Continue reading

Tots Football

-withfigurewingedwolfI get a lot of questions from parents regarding when they should get their child involved in football. There are numerous issues with this question.

In my opinion, there is not a specific age where a child should get involved in football. What parents should be considering is whether their child wants to play football. Watching them during their generic play can sometimes help answer the question.

Are they constantly kicking anything that looks like a ball? Though the answer to this might be, yes. This still doesn’t give a full answer that your child wants to play football. The best way to find out is by trying, take your child to a session see how they get on.

For the company I work for, I run a session of Tots Football for children aged between 18 months and 5 years. At a normal session, I can get between 10 and 20 children attending the session with a member of their family. Continue reading

The FM Teacher – An Introduction

Hello and welcome the website for The FM Teacher. On this website, I will share posts about my own coaching as well as posts about two football games that I frequently play: Football Manager and FIFA.


As you probably have guessed my actual name is not the FM Teacher, my real name is Ryan. I  am a qualified PE teacher with coaching experience in various sports. Currently, I am a working as a Sports Coach for Coventry Sports Foundation. In this job, I visit various Primary Schools around the city and lead sessions coaching various activities. Alongside my job, I am managing a local U15s football team that currently play in the Coventry Minor League. Previous to that I have managed a U12s football team and coached a disability football team. Continue reading