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.

Developing technical players: Futboltec (Part 1)

Mini trampolines, air discs, wobble boards, elastic stretch bands, pipes, hoops and tennis balls. What sounds like a middle-aged person’s last desperate attempt to lose weight is actually the equipment used to improve the technique of junior footballers. Central Coast Mariners’ Glen Trifiro and his brother Jason, who plays with Western Sydney Wanderers, use this equipment to develop around 300 junior players in their academy, Futboltec. “We emphasise a lot on footwork, making them do little obstacles; over pipes, through [...]

By | April 3rd, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|3 Comments

Technical Development: Aytek Genc

The memories start flooding back. It was 1992, about a week out from my fourteenth birthday, and I am standing on the hill in front of the scoreboard at Melita Stadium with fellow teenagers. The old Maltese men jokingly called us ‘hoodlums’. On the field were some of the best technical players that have graced Australian football; Gerry Gomez, Gabriel ‘Chi Chi’ Mendez, Marshall Soper and the man who is now sitting opposite me in a café in Sydney’s eastern [...]

By | March 27th, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|2 Comments

Mackay Crusaders Working Hard Behind the Scenes

Mackay Crusaders missed out on a full National Premier Leagues (NPL) licence in 2012. However, the mid-North Queensland club which represents the Mackay Regional Football Zone, were granted admission by Football Queensland to compete at junior NPL level. Entering into its second season in the junior competition, Mackay Crusaders is working hard behind the scenes to develop a financially sustainable model, in an effort to be granted a full senior licence in 2015. Read: Why does Australia's NPL have a [...]

By | March 4th, 2014|Features|0 Comments

A-League Attendance Figures: Positive signs of growth

The A-League enters into the final ten rounds of the season with average attendance figures up on last season and on track to achieve the highest total aggregate in its nine year history. Average attendance for this season after Round 17 is 13,774 versus a full year average for last season of 12,347. With 49 games remaining, the average attendance required to beat last year's total aggregate attendance is 9,842, which is safe to say is easily achievable. Whilst there [...]

By | February 7th, 2014|Football Business|1 Comment

The management philosophy of Ferran Soriano

The recent announcement of a Manchester City-led consortium purchasing Melbourne Heart has led to much speculation as to the future direction of the club. Journalists and fans alike have been examining the how the club’s new owners have rebuilt the English club into one of the world’s powerhouses in a relatively short period of time. The injection of large sums of money is the most simplistic way to explain Manchester City’s meteoric rise. However, much of the strategic decisions will [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|Football Business|0 Comments
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