Mitre Blog

Three Top Training Exercises For Football Coaches

When it comes to coaching a football team, the key to seeing the players at their best is by keeping them engaged and interested in the game. The equation is simple – if they are focused on what they are doing, all efforts will be focused on playing to the best of their ability. But how do you get players to stay engaged? This can often be a struggle with younger players, but no matter what age group you are training – whether it’s under 7s or adults – there... Read More

The Legend Returns

Mitre, match ball of choice for the English Football League for over 40 years, is ready to make history again with the return of its iconic Delta trademark. Redesigned, reinvented and rejuvenated, the Delta is coming back. The Delta holds a unique place at the heart of English football pitches and its return means that a new generation of players can now have their first football experiences with a brand new ball with the same legendary trademark. Over the next four weeks we’ll be giving you exclusive teasers as The Legend... Read More

EFL Team of the Season

Football Manager Team of the Season On Sunday the stars of the EFL headed to Park Lane in London to attend the prestigious EFL Awards – celebrating the huge achievements both on and off the field of those involved across the 72 English Football League clubs. One of the key awards of the evening was the Team of the Season – a squad put together of players from the Championship, League One and League Two who’ve all had exceptional seasons for their clubs. Manager – Darren Ferguson Heading up the... Read More

Grassroots UK Netball – A Growing Sport

Grassroots netball experiencing unprecedented UK growth In December 2016, Sport England reported that over 180,000 people (aged 16+) are participating in netball weekly – which is over 25,000 more people than the year before and the highest figure since records began, a decade earlier. We spoke to netball player and coach, Siobhan Tarleton, first team coach for Merseyside’s Magenta Netball Club and under 11’s coach at Winwood Netball Club, to get her take on the unprecedented recent growth of the grassroots game. 1. Why do you think that the sport... Read More

Road to the Checkatrade Trophy Final

Come Sunday afternoon one team will be walking away from Wembley – crowned as champions. Coventry City face Oxford United in what promises to be a great finale to the revamped competition. Wembley wont be a new experience for some of the Oxford players. Last year they fought their way to the final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy – only to lose out to Barnsley in a thrilling game. For Coventry it’s a much needed visit to the home of football. They currently find themselves lying at the bottom of... Read More

Mitre Goal of the Year 2016

Mitre have once again teamed up with the EFL and Football on 5 to give you the opportunity to vote for the best English Football League goal of 2016! There has been plenty! With 72 teams battling it out in the Championship, League One and League Two throughout the standard season, as well as the Play-Off’s, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy there were plenty to choose from. Fantastic team goals! Thunderbolts into the top corner! Cheeky chips! Incredible Volleys! After every EFL club submitted their stand-out goal of the last... Read More

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Picking The Right Equipment For Grassroots

This week our guest blog comes from one of our trusted suppliers, Mysportswear. What makes a great footballer… well, great? Is it the skills they hold when coming face to face with the ball… or is it something more? Is it the confidence and pride that’s gained from the moment the player puts on their team’s kit, and the knowledge that what they are wearing is more than just some colours and a number, but a stamp of approval and acceptance, helping them perform and feel like they are part of... Read More

Celebrating Women’s Football on International Women’s Day

Women’s football hasn’t had an easy road in the UK. The first recorded tournament between a team of English women and a team of Scottish women was in 1881, but it’s reported that many women in this era played under false identities to avoid possible reprisals. Popularity of both participation and spectating grew over the next few decades; with one match at Everton’s Goodison Park, on Boxing Day in 1920, reported as having an attendance of 53,000 people, with another 10,000+ people turned away once the stadium was full. Women’s... Read More

Road to the Final: EFL Cup

On Sunday 26th February we’ll have a champion. Manchester United face Southampton at Wembley to see who’ll be crowed the EFL Cup winner. And it’s going to be close. Manchester United are looking strong under Jose Mourinho – but Southampton have an incredible record this year in the cup, and after dispatching Liverpool over two legs nobody would bet against them winning this one. We take a look at their journey throughout the competition. Second Round Both teams had a fantastic year in 2015-16 and qualified for Europe meaning both... Read More

The S-League Returns!

The 2017 S.League is due to kick off on Sunday 26th February, when defending champions Albirex Niigata FC will take on Tampines Rovers FC. The match will take place at 6pm in the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, in what will be an explosive start to the season for the Singaporean football league. Following Albirex Niigata’s triumph last season, the pressure is on as they kick off in 2017 as champions. With head coach Naoki Naruo returning to Japan at the end of last year and former Shimizu... Read More