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Many of us will have dreamt of growing up to be world-class footballers – but for 99% of people, that dream never becomes a reality.

So, instead, our attention turns to helping our children learn from our mistakes, develop their game and reach their potential.

In this article, we offer everything you need to know to become a great football parent and help your child succeed.

While football training for adults is a technical, tactical and physical challenge, for children just beginning their journey in the beautiful game, the focus is on fun.

Or, at least, it should be.

Grassroots football has become less popular these days, which may be down to the more competitive nature of the game, with many parents putting too much stress on their youngsters to become a future Fernandinho.

But as parents and coaches, it is our duty to strike the right balance between developing our children’s skills and making sure they have fun. So, it’s time to inject some FUN back into training!

Whether you are a youth coach or simply want to be a better footballing parent, here are some ideas on how to make football training fun for kids.

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