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Wayne Harrison

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“The ultimate goal in coaching is helping each player develop his or her talents and abilities to the fullest. With this in mind, I created the Soccer Awareness philosophy of developmental coaching and training. It simply means training the mind before the body.”Wayne Harrison


  1. Ex-Professional Player with Blackpool; England and Oulu Palloseura; Finland
  2. Represented Great Britain in the World Student Games in Mexico
  3. Bachelors of Arts in Sports Psychology
  4. UEFA ‘A’ License (1996)
  5. NSCAA Premier Diploma holder
  6. Author of more than 30 Coaching Books and 4 DVD’s
  7. DOC for Al Ain Soccer Club; United Arab Emirates; Middle East; 7 Youth National Championships in 2 years at Professional level
  8. Proponent of Soccer Awareness One Touch Developmental Training
  9. Owner Soccer Awareness Developmental Training programs

See what others say about Wayne Harrison and Soccer Awareness

“You think the training process very well…the point after that is the way you put in practice with the players organizing a training session. The way you think and the way you make your exercises is very good.”
Jose Mourinho

“Wayne is a dynamic coach, who has the ability to bring the World’s game to both the player and the coach viewing a training session put on by Wayne. He brings out the best in players, by allowing them to be creative, and think for themselves while working during a training session. Wayne’s training sessions are organized and developed in a manner where player’s learn and develop. He also has the unique ability to use his personality to get all players engaged in the activity immediately. The combination of Wayne’s knowledge of the game and his ability to communicate this knowledge allows both players and coaches to benefit from participating in a training session put on by Wayne.”
(Mark Obarski, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, Eagan High School)

“I’ve always felt helping players develop a soccer brain was one of the most important and difficult tasks a coach is faced with. Watching the progression of training drills Wayne presents to get the players to see the play before it happens is exciting. I can’t wait to start applying these principals to my training sessions.”
Travis Lucero, Encinitas Express

“The Al Ain club fully represents the model and the philosophy of junior soccer and can become a beacon for the other Abu Dhabi clubs. The club’s current status with respect to ‘Technical Affairs’ can be stated as the one closest to the standards of the best Professional European clubs.
The consultant has noticed that the club management has decided to invest the time and resources required to create an important group of coaches. They are well managed and organized by an excellent Director of Coaching (Wayne Harrison), whose objective is to improve work on the pitch as well as to help the boys grow and develop without the anxiety of achieving results.”
Marco Monte, Al Ain Football Club

“Your sessions were so interesting, well organized, and informative I left the clinic knowing I had learned much and felt the money and time was well spent. I especially liked your communication with the players demonstrating in your sessions. Your directions and information to the players was concise and delivered in a respectful and positive manner. And the humor tucked in amongst it all kept us all entertained!”
Chris Erikson, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach (Seattle)

“Thanks for doing a great job…as usual Wayne. The attendees loved your 4-2-3-1 sessions. We will definitely invite you to present sessions at our upcoming seminars. Thanks again.”
Mike Saif, World Class Coaching

“Wayne Harrison’s drills will be very helpful in training our young players to be better players on the field. They will also help us to be better coaches, and we will implement all we have learned from your teaching in our own coaching. I would like to see more clinics from him to help improve my coaching skills and learn more from one of the best.”
Santiago Baltazar, Olympicos Soccer Club

“Wayne is an outstanding clinician, and was well-received by coaches attending the Nebraska World Class Coaching Seminar. His passion for the game immediately rubbed off on the players he was working with, and they clearly enjoyed the sessions he conducted. He has the ability to convey relevant information to his teams while at the same time fostering an environment for learning by encouraging his players to figure out various situations for themselves. Wayne interacts with players and coaches alike in a thoroughly positive manner, which I am sure contributes toward accelerated learning for any individual fortunate enough to work with him.”
Peter Underwood, Assistant Soccer Coach at The University of Nebraska

“Wayne’s sessions were precise and clearly thought out. He discussed and demonstrated complex, high level topics, making them simple to understand. And he has the ability to create situations where players were allowed to solve their own ‘soccer problems’ by thinking through the best way to succeed and trying different solutions until they discovered the correct approach. These are techniques that should be consistently applied within a progressive development model.”
Chris Petersen, Varsity Girls Coach

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