Welcome to the mi fc under 11 webpage. We are in our 2nd year playing in the Camden & Regents Park Youth League.
Training sessions will be taking place on the all-weather facility at Compton Leisure, Summers Lane, N12 0RF, for the next few weeks, until the weather improves. Please ensure players bring appropriate footwear (trainers).
Arrangements for Saturday
Saturday 30th March – Training at Compton, 9:30-12:00.
Match Reports – 16th March
mi FC 8 Plot Ten 0
(Actually 7-0 because Charlie’s 2nd half goal didn’t count – it was NOT a 1-touch finish!!)
An absolutely magnificent performance from the U10′s who really came together and worked as a team in a truly dominant performance. Every player had the chance to experience playing in a ‘different’ position (Benedict playing in goal was very entertaining!) and we saw a number of goals from players who do not usually find themselves in goal-scoring positions – Raphael and Guy getting on the score-sheet were great moments and much deserved for their hard work for the team this season. Goal of the match though went to Dougie for a superb long-range curler in to the top corner, which was struck first-time with perfect technique – a wonderful goal!! What pleased me most was the unselfishness, willingness to play in unfamiliar roles and our patience in possession – we looked to fashion out clear chances and took them ruthlessly.
mi FC 1 The Hill 4
An even game, that on another day we would have won comfortably. The boys again played some great football, fashioning several clear cut chances. However on this occasion our finishing was lacking. Having missed some opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, we were punished in the 2nd half as we tired, and a fresh The Hill side took full advantage. We were certainly not helped by the fact that the pitch resembled a mud-bath by the end, making it very difficult to play through the centre of the pitch.
I was pleased that the boys continued to try to play football in such difficult conditions, we continued to play our passing game and it very nearly led us to another victory. Well done lads, two great efforts in very challenging conditions.
Training Report – 9th March
A hyperactive first 20 minutes, however after being reminded about our listening skills, we were able to make the most of the session. As mentioned in training, the quicker we settle down, the sooner we can proceed with what we enjoy most – playing football.
Overall a good session today. Opening with some shooting games, the boys practiced shooting with greater accuracy andprecision. They evaluated the difference between shooting either first time or taking a touch to lay off their shot. First time shots although to begin with were less accurate. After some practice, first time shots generally proved a greater consistency in beating the keeper.
Where, we aim to focus on this further in future weeks.
Also developing on last weeks game, some tight passing and movement activities aimed to teach the boys to constantly be on the move, creating space and never switch off. A game we named ‘homes’ progressed this idea further helping the boys understand that switching the ball across the field of play can sometime create the space needed to provide a more effective attack.
Well done today boys
Match Report – 2nd March
mi FC 1 Totally Goal 1
Training Report – 9th February
We worked primarily on attacking, retaining possession and shooting. In some 3v3 zone games the boys practiced moving the ball quickly in to attacking positions. Further game activities allowed us to work on moving the ball swiftly to create chances and on taking those chances!! We aim to continue to build the boys confidence in this field.
Overall, I was generally pleased with the commitment and enthusiasm and I look forward to working with the squad again after the half-term break.
Match Report – 2nd February
Training Report – 5th January
Happy New year, I hope you all had a good Christmas break. It was great to see everyone back and raring to go.
A good session to start the year. We concentrated on keeping the ball today. Throughout several different games the players began to work out that retaining possession does not always mean having to beat the opposition. Creating space and moving the ball quickly often worked more effectively eliminating unnecessary pressure. Talks of playing in ‘Triangles’ was discussed by the players in patches, and we hope to develop on this more over the next few months. During a 1v1 game, the players trained hard and showed a positive drive which was pleasing to see. Some heading work was also practiced.
I would like to say a special welcome to Joey who trained with us on Saturday he had a great first session and I am looking forward to coaching him. Well done to all the boys at training for welcoming him nicely. I hope everyone managed to get there kits cleans after the mud bath we began to have near the end! Looking forward to seeing the remainder of the group next week
Match Report – 15th December
mi FC 0 Roundwood Rangers 2
“We had Dougie, Joel and Owen all play in goal for us today. I was really proud of their efforts, as I know they are not natural goalkeepers and were a bit nervous about playing the role.”
Although we lost 2-0, there were a lot of positive things to take from the game. Both goals were unfortunate, one a deflection and the other a mis-kick. We had Dougie, Joel and Owen all play in goal for us today. I was really proud of their efforts, as I know they are not natural goalkeepers and were a bit nervous about playing the role.
Defensively we were excellent today, getting behind the ball every time we lost it and attempting to break quickly when we won it back. We did struggle on the attack today however. We needed to release the ball a little quicker, and at the same time off the ball players – need to remember to create space and options for the player on the ball.
A lot of players did play ‘out of position’ today. I am trying to deveop their overall understanding of the game across a range of positions first – All knowledge we can work on in the new year. I hope everyone has a great christmas and a happy new year. Looking forward to seeing everyone back at training…..don’t eat too much!!
Training Report – 8th December
“The guys saw that applying pressure on the other team straight after losing the ball, created a better chance of winning it back quicker.”
A small turnout today – there was only 7 players in total. It is really important that we have a good attendance in training in order for us to work on things together as a team. However, this did allow for more individual one-to-one coaching, where I worked on specific things with each player based on their development needs – we focused lot on passing and first touch, with the inside and outside of both feet.
Collectively we worked on a range of different activities:
- Winning the ball back quickly – The guys saw that applying pressure on the other team straight after losing the ball, created a better chance of winning it back quicker.
- Shooting – Activities which encouraged shooting from a range of distances and getting the shot of early. The concept that shooting in corner of the goal and taking an early shot; was more likely to beat the keeper was re-emphasized.
- Reactions – A reaction time game was also played we named the ‘magic square’.
Overall a decent session.
Match Report – 1st December
mi FC 4 Queens Park 2
” A pleasing win against a talented team who weren’t as ‘together’ as mi FC – and we have to admit to the rub of the green. I think the players appreciated the continuity of playing the whole match and they rewarded us with a good team effort” (mi FC Parent)
Queens Park started fast , however one quick counter attack and good link up play from our front-men led to a goal from Alex A. which gave us an early 1-0 lead.
The U11′s had to battle well as we went in to the game with just the 7 men (No subs), so we knew we had our work cut out. Every player individually played a vital role in the game. Captain for the day, Guy had a great game – commanding the side from the back. When we lost the ball, players were immediately back behind it, willing to win the ball back. This effort eventually led to us adding to our lead. Alex finished with a hat-trick, including an absolute scorcher of a free-kick and Benedict scored a well-earned penalty after some quick footwork in the opposition box. At the other end, Raphael remained calm & collected in goal, making some terrific saves.
The team worked brilliantly as a unit and did themselves and mi FC proud. The Queens Park captain approached our players after the game to shake their hands and said to them “Great Team”, which sums it up nicely.
Training Report – 24th November
“The game helped them understand that as the middle of the field is generally the more congested area, playing the ball out wide through a range of passes allowed a more free area to attack the opposition.”
A soggy day, however the team trained well. This week we worked on major aspects needed in a game such as movement. Starting of in pairs the players discovered how faking one way and going the other can help lose their opponent and create the space needed to receive a pass. In a 3 v 2 zone game players also began to understand how movement off the ball is just as important as the player on the ball to create space and opportunities. Close control when dribbling the ball was too emphasized in order to be more successful at keeping the ball.
PLAYING OUT WIDE – In a game based situation where the wings were sectioned off players used the wings as a free zone to attack the opposition and whip in dangerous crosses. The game helped them understand that as the middle of the field is generally the more congested area, playing the ball out wide through a range of passes allowed a more free area to attack the opposition. As the game developed the under 11′s began to see that timing their runs and changing direction when needed to was essential to create this space. Passing the ball out wide from goal kicks was also practiced today.
As requested by Dougie, Nathaniel began to work individually on small points he and each player felt they may need to improve on. Where we hope to develop and continue on this in the near future. Great session today boys!
Match Report -17th November
mi FC 2 Belsize Youth 2
“Really pleased with the boys efforts again – another hard earned draw!”
Despite the opposition arriving late, we were quick to get started and were soon 2-0 ahead following two great counter-attacks. Benedict scored the first with an absolute belter! That was followed by Alex Matthews scoring his first ever mi FC goal (Well done Alex!) to put us 2 up.
In the 2nd half we saw more of the ball, however 2 great shots from the opposition brought the score back to 2-2. Raphael made some fantastic saves & as a team we made several last-ditch challenges to ensure the scores stayed level, (including a couple of notable tackles from Alfie & Guy).
Our link-up play was superb - Alex A, Charlie, Dougie & Benedict seemed to have a great understanding and we had several chances, including one that hit the post and a last-minute free kick. I was also really pleased with how we tried to play out from the back, since we had worked on this at training. We do still need to work on the speed at which we look to do this as on occasions our lack of urgency was catching us out. Really pleased with the boys efforts again – another hard earned draw!
Training Report – 10th November
This week at training we explored some key areas that we felt needed to be worked on, based on our last game. Adam let us choose the areas we wanted to develop, and set up different games and practices to let us achieve this.
We worked on:
‘PLAYING OUT FROM THE BACK’ – we explored this through a 1 goal/1 end zone game & players came up with several different strategies which we put into a full match.
’TAKING PLAYERS ON’ – we played “panna” to get lots of practice at this.
’ATTACKING CORNERS’ – players constructed their own routines for attacking corners – I look forward to seeing these in action next week!
Lead Coach: Nathaniel Dorsett