Barry Quin – Session Report


BARRY QUIN  – 28/10/15

This was a very interesting session by Barry Quin who is an old member of the London Football Coaches Association.

Barry had been at Brentford FC where he had coached from the under 14s through to the apprentices. He had also stood in as caretaker manager of the Brentford 1st team for a brief period. England international, Peter Crouch, was a player who he had coached during his time at the Brentford academy.

Barry said that although he has an old school approach to much of his coaching, believing in strict discipline and rigourous attention to correct technical detail, he embraces the FA’s ‘4 corner’ approach. He pays particular attention to the social corner. During the London Olympics, he went to watch the diver, Tom Daley, train at Stratford and he was enormously impressed by Daley’s mental approach and mindset which he displayed in his training. This has led him to focus particularly stongly on the social corner.
On to the training area and Barry first of all set up drill practices aimed at developing the theme of quick, accurate passing in tight areas. He worked down the length of the area towards a goal, working down both  the left and right sides. The ball was passed down to the right winger who played a first time ‘give and go’ with a supporting midfield player. On receiving the return pass, the right winger played a long crossfield pass to an attacking playing beyond  the far side of the goal who  controlled the ball and followed up with a strike  on goal. A similar movement was performed down the left side. Good support angles enabling the winger to play the give and go were vital, together with crisp, accurate passing. The narrowness of the area, (20 yards), together with a congestion of players ensured that the players were passing in tight situations.

A variation was introduced when the ball was played by the player on the opposite side to the winger who again played the give and go with his supporting player before playing a long pass to the far sided striker again. So now there were two crossfield passes with the short setting up ball and strike on goal. Again, this was played down both sides of the training area.
The next variation saw the ball being played again from the left sided player to the right winger who passed to the left winger who was running diagonally across the pitch. He adjusted his feet and body shape to switch the ball out to the left sided striker who again finished with a shot on goal. The practice was performed down both sides of the pitch.

The last variation saw the right winger lay the  ball off from his right back to the supporting midfield player who switched the ball out to the left winger. Meanwhile, the right winger was sprinting across the pitch towards the near post where left winger was aiming a cross for either a header or first time shot on goal. The same practice was performed from the left hand side.
Now that the players had developed their passing and movement qualities in the drills, Barry moved on to practices involving opposition and decision making. A 4 v 2 practice was set up in a 12 yard square where 2 defenders played within the squarw and the 4 attackers were arranged along each side of the square. The attackers had to pass between themselves, keeping on their side of the square but moving along it. One point was awarded for successful pass but five points if the pass was made between the two defenders, i.e. cutting both opponents out of the game with a single pass as it would be in a game. Barry was now developing the element of penetration as opposed to simply making ‘safe’ passes to keep possession as it would otherwise have been.

Barry then introduced a 5th attacking player who played within the square against the two defenders. The outside players now had to play passes off him when possible, looking for give and go’s, with the attacker in the square trying to make movements to free himself from the defenders’ attentions. The attackers around the outside passed between themselves only when they could not split the defenders by playing into the 5th attacker or playing between the two defenders when the attacker’s off the ball movement created space for the penetrating pass.

Barry’s developed his work into a final practice in a bigger square where 3 players in red played against 3 players in white with an additional player in blue. It was a possession pracce, reds v whites, but whichever team had possession could use the blue player. Again, Barry wanted the players in possession to play penetrating passes and not simply keep possession for the sake of it.  If a player in possession could spot space between opponents then he should run through that space with the ball, a skill and piece of imaginative, inventive play that is sadly lacking in this country but a feature of the brilliance of Lionel Messi.

It was an excellent session, and of great value to all the coaches present,at whatever level they coach.

Click HERE to download Barry’s Session Plan

Report by Steve Haslam,”



Barry Quin- Profile

On Wednesday the 28th of October at 8pm for 8.30pm our next session will be led by Barry Quin, a man who has had the unusual distinction of moving from the Bees to the Hornets.  The session is entitled Passing in Tight Situations and will carry CPD points for levels 1-2.

Here then is a little background on our presenter:-
Barry is a former member of the LFCA and one of his mentors was our past well known Vice Chairman Jackie Goodwin a previous Brentford player so there was no surprise that Barry Joined Brentford in the early to mid-1990’s becoming Head of Youth Development in 1996 and Youth Team Manager in 2004. He also ran Brentford’s Centre of Excellence at the same time until he left in 2010 after some 20 years at the club and was then replaced by another LFCA member Ose Aibangee who has now agreed to present our January session. During his time with the Bees Barry also became Caretaker Manager to the first team at the end of the 2006/07 season for their final 3 matches.

He is now overall Head of Coaching and Development with the Hornets and therefore brings great experience to our next session which we hope will be well attended.