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Football Club: First Term Review

17 November 2015


This term we have had a massive demand for Football practice in Key Stage 3. We have had over 50 boys from Years 7-9 first of all try out to get in a provisional squad and then carry on practising to be in contention to move into this squad as the close season progresses.

After a couple of weeks of initial trials, provisional squads for the league season were developed, with Mr McGraw and Mr Goulding taking charge of this section of players. Mr Huy has been running a series of 5 a side tournaments between the resulting players.

There have been inter changing of players who have stood out in these 5 a side tournaments and have joined the provisional  squad member to train with them. Well done to those boys who have stepped up their game!

Mr Husband has been taking select groups of players each week for specific small group coaching, concentrating on individual skills. These personal skills have included such things as close control, skills when beating an opponent, skills when receiving the ball, heading and volleying,

The remaining few weeks of the year will be honing those skills in preparation for the league season which will start after Christmas.

This squad has not yet been finalised, so there is still time to break into the provisional squad / cement your place in the team with hard work, dedication, commitment and skill level.

So far the BIS Junior Football Club has been one of my favourite clubs as a BIS student. Especially this year has been a very good term of Football Club. For example in our Football Club, we divided the pitch into half, the first half of the pitch is mostly for Year 7's and some from Year 8 and 9, the other group is a group with mostly Year 9 students and some from year 8 and 7. This has been a great experience for me since playing with the similar level of students made me a better player. We once did a big game, with all of the students separated into teams of 4. This was great because we played with everyone else, and I got to know a lot of other students in other years. Also I had a great time playing with these other students. The Coaches in our BIS Junior Football Club are great, they mostly set up games but sometimes set up training drills for us to improve. So far I have enjoyed the BIS Football Club and I always look forward to go to the club every Wednesday. - Ryan Kim


The type of training the Mr Whitely and Mr Husband have concentrated on has been slightly different to that of the lower age groups. The 24-28 students who have turned up for each session have the baseline level of skill and ability expected of a decent young footballer. Therefore, more specific technical and tactical aspects of football have been focused upon.

This specific training has included different attacking and defensive principles aimed at improving general game play and team performance. This attacking play has included such things as; supporting the attack, creating an overlap and direction of runs. Whilst the defensive work has covered pressure-cover-balance, curved running and shadow play.

We have had two travelling teams practicing to go to tournaments this term, with BIS teams representing the school at Phuket and Beijing in November. Each team has made big steps in understanding how to work together as a unit and are in a good position now to do well in their respective tournaments.

For the remainder of the term, we will be practicing as one group in preparation for the league season that will be starting in term 2. Lots of hard work in the next few weeks to keep our place as the number one team in HCMC! 

Senior Girls Football ECA

Girls Football Soccer Sevens Team

In the senior girl's football extra-curricular club, a combination of teamwork, leadership and communication skills are used to help us improve our football skills. Every Tuesday afternoon, we start off with an active warm-up, and lead onto a myriad of drills that can range from fitness to footwork. In these drills, we improve and learn new skills where it can either be communicative or technique, which we then apply into a football match. 

Personally, what makes football so enjoyable is the determination of each individual to work as a team and give it their all. It is a place where we combine our football skills as well as our teamwork skills, to help either train our senior girl's football team representing BIS, or where people come and simply enjoy playing football leisurely. I have picked football as one of my extra-curricular activities because of my passion for football as one of my favourite sports and as training and practice for the upcoming football season.

Hanh Vu / Student

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