Mitre Blog


Breaking down the perfect slide tackle

Perfecting the slide tackle is an essential for the top-flight defender. Throwing yourself into the path of your opponent and stripping them from possession can make all the difference. But be warned. A mishap of judgement, poor timing or careless play can see you facing a red card. Be sure you’ve got your team covered with this definitive guide to perfecting the slide tackle.

Summer fitness tips

Commitment. Dedication. Pre-season is here already. For those footballers fortunate to still be representing their country in summer tournaments, there is barely enough time left before the new season kicks off again. Whether you’re a professional player, part of an amateur league, or play for your local Sunday league pub team, or anyone who takes a sustained break for their usual physical activity levels or sport, you’ll know the frustration of starting up again. Body condition. Match fitness. It all dips quickly. In decades past, many pro footballers, even at... Read More

4 simple rules for mastering the overhead kick

Attempting an overhead kick is not for the fainthearted. Throwing your body up into the air, parallel to the ground, requires a great deal of nerves and practice. But when your back is against the goal, mastering this spectacular display of athleticism will give you an edge over your opponents. Here at Mitre, we have put pen to paper and come up the 4 ultimate rules for conquering the beautiful bicycle kick. 1.    Positioning and Timing Before your boots take to the skies it is essential to position yourself correctly. Get in line... Read More

4 ways to outwit & outmanoeuvre your opponents

1.    The Cut You’ll deceive your opponent and trick them into making the first step. Once they have committed, you can cut across them and accelerate into open space. To start, dribble towards your opponent. The faster you dribble, the more effective the move! As they engage pretend to shoot or pass. More often than not, your opponent will lunge in an attempt to block. Now is your moment. Use the inside of your foot to cut in the opposite direction and burst out into space. This cut is... Read More

#madewithmitre – fiat tradesman trials

Last week St Helens plasterer won a one month trial with an English Football League club through the FIAT Tradesman Trials. Winner, River Humphreys, 25, chose League One side Rochdale AFC. He was crowed the winner by ex-tradesmen Stuart Pearce, Dean Windass and Geoff Horsfield. All moments of the trials were #madewithmitre. River Humphreys beat off stiff competition from across the UK to win the Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials – a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional footballer in the... Read More

How to prepare yourself for the season ahead

Each year the end of the footballing season falls in line with the beginning of summer. Normally a time for relaxation, many might consider hanging up their football boots and keeper gloves in exchange for flip-flops and ice creams. However with the right guidance, the longer days and warmer evenings are perfect for keeping you at the top of your game. Here at Mitre we have come up with 3 crucial steps to ensure you’re more than ready for the season ahead.   1. Stay active and keep playing The... Read More

2 of the English Football League’s greatest tales

Whether your team has clenched promotion or fallen into the league below, the inevitable end of the season brings a wide range of emotions. And with the end of the 2015/2016 season, we have decided to recognise two of the English Football League’s greatest tales.   1. The story of Northampton FC (season 2015/16) Back in 2012, Northampton FC were issued a 10.25-million pound loan by the local council. This was a momentous occasion for the club. Northampton FC finally had enough support to upgrade their stadium. Yet four-years on,... Read More


How to get sign-ups to your Summer Training Camps? Skill. Technique. Positioning. When it comes to enhancing a child’s footballing ability Summer Soccer Schools are a must. There has been a sudden surge over the past few years in summer training camps, and with this comes more competition in the market. So how do you make sure yours stands out from the crowd? We believe that the key is marketing your soccer school appropriately. With great coaching and training comes repeat and loyal signups, but to reach out to a... Read More


How to score the perfect penalty

Occasionally, a game of football can come down to a single kick. When the ref blows that whistle, you need to be sure you’re prepared and ready to step up for your team. This is your moment. You have an advantage over the goalkeeper. But you need to make sure you’re calm and won’t bottle under the pressure! Here are some important points for scoring the perfect penalty.

Pre-Season Like A Pro

It’s that time again! Before we can enjoy a successful season, we need to put some time and effort into a productive pre-season. By now, the pros have put a serious amount of time and effort (and buckets of sweat) into the process of conditioning their bodies after a break. It’s physically tough and mentally tougher, but they’ll reap the benefits through the season ahead. Now it’s your turn. Ok, you play in front of ten, instead of tens of thousands, but your aim is the same: to play well... Read More