About Shaun Mooney

Shaun is the publisher of Leopold Method and has contributed to the Guardian Australia. He is also the co-author of A-League: The Inside Story of the Tumultuous First Decade.

State league social media

Doing a lot with a little The FFA Cup has exposed many A-League supporters to a whole new world of football. The intimacy of the grounds, the ethnic delicacies and the passion of these state league club supporters have been an endearing reminder of football below the top flight. Many state league clubs have worked hard to reach this new audience. A couple of cameras, a laptop and internet connection is all that is needed to beam the game live across [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Football Business|0 Comments

Strategies for Grassroots: Northern Suburbs Football Association

As Football Federation Australia's listening tour travels around the country for the National Plan for the Whole of Football, hopefully the administrators and their consultants pay a visit to Sydney’s north shore. It is here where Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) is quietly working hard behind the scenes to increase the quantity and quality of its football pitches. The equation is simple: no football pitches equals no football. Without an increase in the number and utility of football pitches the [...]

By | October 16th, 2014|Features|0 Comments

Grassroots Football Needs a People’s Revolution

The A-League All-Stars game against Italian club Juventus was supposed to showcase Australian football. With commercial television coverage and mainstream media interest outside of the A-League season, the match was a quick and effective source of revenue and exposure for Football Federation Australia (FFA). Yet in the lead up to the All-Stars game, there were arguments about the perils of modern football versus the chance for the public to see superstar players such as Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Carlos [...]

By | August 11th, 2014|Features|4 Comments

Management Lessons: Ange Postecoglou

How can a professional football coach who has won only one game in eight, and lose all three World Cup group matches, be overwhelmingly celebrated as a success? Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou, has earned this praise. After inheriting a side that lost 6-0 to both France and Brazil in international friendlies, Postecoglou has changed the perception of the Socceroos. This is an incredible accomplishment after failing to get results where is matters most – on the pitch. This makes for [...]

By | July 4th, 2014|Football Business|4 Comments

Developing technical players: Futboltec (Part 2)

As defensive structures get more sophisticated and the speed of the game increases, football development moves towards producing technically proficient players who can play under pressure. Shaun Mooney visit's Central Coast Mariners’ Glen Trifiro and his brother Jason's (Western Sydney Wanderers) academy, Futboltec, to see how they incorporate balance and coordination methods to improve the technique of junior players. Part 2 focuses on how to reduce the errors players make within a game, how to teach players to create angles [...]

By | April 7th, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|3 Comments
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