Sam Duffy


Shock results! Last minute goals! The EFL Cup had it all this week. One of the biggest upsets came from Lancashire as Accrington Stanley defeated Burnley in extra time. With seconds remaining Pearson drilled the ball into the bottom corner, to send the League Two side through to the third round. Accrington are one of the clubs to have been rewarded with a dream fixture – they’ll visit West Ham at the London Stadium in September. Northampton were another English Football League club to draw a Premier League team. After... Read More

5 tips for mastering the header

Whether you’re attacking or defending, learning how to control and direct the ball with your head is crucial.  Mastering the header requires practise, dedication and nerves of steel. But worry not. Here at Mitre we have come up with 5 tips that will give you a head start in the box, and help you win every aerial battle! Keep your eye on the ball Once the ball is airborne, keep your eyes locked on. Don’t lose contact with the ball. A successful header depends on timing and positing. If your... Read More

Scouting for success: 5 qualities the footy scouts look for!

Playing top quality football week in week out can be hard, even for the very best of players. So it’s little surprise that when the scouts come to visit, many players crack under the pressure. Make sure you stay on top of your game when the scouts show up by taking note of these sought-after qualities! Football Skills An obvious one, but first and foremost, scouts look out for first-class football skills. Whether you’re a goalkeeper or a striker – it doesn’t matter. Unsurpassed technique whilst on the ball is... Read More

Choosing the perfect ball…!

We spend so much time kicking it, running after it and passing it – but do you take as long choosing the right ball for you? The most expensive football isn’t always the best ball for your individual needs. Innovation is moulding the new range of footballs, with Mitre Hyperseam technology delivering enhanced benefits, but what does this mean for you, your childs grassroots club, and how do you tailor a ball to your needs? Grassroots At the heart of the beautiful game is grassroots football. Mitre is firmly embedded... Read More


Enthusiasm. Determination. How to keep kids motivated all season long… It doesn’t matter what sport it is, if you coach children or youth teams then you’ll know that one of the biggest challenges can be in managing the attendance and attitude of the participants. When kids first join a team then they are usually full of enthusiasm and very willing to be involved in whatever ways they can. However, after a few weeks or months, maybe when the weather isn’t so great or if not everyone feels that they are... Read More


Keep Calm. Keep Cool. How to deal with discipline on the field… Those coaching footballers of any age or level will know that discipline issues can be tricky to deal with, whether during training sessions or behaviour whilst playing in matches. If you’re working with children and teenagers especially, this is something that every coach will need to tackle at some point. Discipline issues could include things such as late arrivals at training, an unwillingness to listen or adhere to instructions, over-enthusiastic players, through to behaviour such as unacceptable conduct... Read More

The key to becoming a successful captain

Having the honour to wear the captain’s armband takes more than just being a great footballer. As a captain you must lead your team to victory, week-in week-out. Once you step out onto the pitch, the manager is looking to you to take control. Lead by example, communicate and boost the team’s morale. Becoming the ultimate captain won’t happen overnight. But leading the way to victory will be that much easier if you bear in mind these simple steps.     Lead by example The manager has chosen you to... Read More


Mitre announces partnership with world’s first manager-less club Mitre has today announced their partnership with the world’s first manager-less football club, United London FC. The partnership sees Mitre Sports International become the Official Ball and Kit Supplier of United London FC. United London FC will play in the Essex Alliance Premier League – In an innovative and unique concept, team selection is decided purely by the fans using a simple democratic voting system. All football fans are invited to sign up to become a manager for free, and they can... Read More

4 simple steps for pulling off the perfect place kick

Conquering the place kick is essential for rugby players at the top of their game. Don’t miss-out on any points with these 4 crucial steps #madewithmitre   In rugby, the place kick is your team’s prime opportunity to win points from a kick at goal. It’s a crucial part of the match, and when given the chance it’s a sure-fire way of securing some extra points for your team. Any player on the pitch has the right to go for goal, so follow these steps to confirm your place as... Read More

3 essential qualities A scrum-half must possess

  The scrum-half. A crucial rugby position. As a scrum-half you are the link between the forwards and the backs.  You must feed the ball into the scrum and eagerly wait for its return. You make the majority of tactical decisions on the pitch. You need to be quick thinking, and have an even quicker pair of hands. So scrum-halfs take note, these essential qualities will help you run the show next time you’re on the field. A safe pair of hands and an excellent pass As a scrum-half you... Read More