Box Soccer was developed by Ian Cathro in the late 2000s while a Youth Team coach at Dundee Utd.

Ian’s objective was clear; to create game relevant training environments that insinctively builds intelligence and skills in every player. His solution was Box Soccer; a development philosophy and program that simulates soccer’s common and critical scenarios.

Ian since has gone on to work with the first teams of Valencia and Newcastle United, with duties at Heart of Midlothian and Rio Ave along the way. Ian is now 1st team coach at English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The company is now headed up by John Colquhoun, the former Hearts, Celtic and Scotland attacker, who since retiring from professional football has taken roles as Rector of Edingburgh University and at Sport Scotland.

Under John’s leadership Box Soccer has gone on to lead professional academy programs and spread our methods internationally. Currently there are over 100 sessions on a weekly basis taking place across Scotland, England and the United States.

The Box Soccer Methodology

Every young player needs a variety of training environments to develop the vast array of skills and game intelligence necessary to step up to the modern professional game. Box Soccer recreates these environments in quick-start sessions that can require little more than a box in a field and a few balls.

The Coaching philosophy

  1. High intensity, game relevant simulations that train for common scenarios.
  2. Full engagement drills ensure every player is involved and active.
  3. Develop player relationship and coaching soft-skills.
  4. Holistic development of well-being and conditioning.

The Four D’s of Box Soccer-  our teaching principles.

  1. Detail – from preparation to execution, the details make the difference.
  2. Demands – success is measured by our expectation for player development.
  3. Demeanour – coach a mindset, not the moves.
  4. Development – to grow, player’s need a vision.