History of the Boot Room

The Boot Room at Anfield – home to Liverpool F.C. – for nearly four decades was an area where Liverpool’s coaching staff would meet after training and games, sip tea (and sometimes beverages a bit stronger), and discuss the team, tactics, performances, and scouting reports.

It was a small room near the locker room housing the players’ cleats (boots), and converted by then manager Bill Shankly into an informal coaches’ meeting room, with a relaxing atmosphere that paid dividends for a Liverpool side who were rebuilding at the time.

Over time the Boot Room came to symbolize a tradition within Liverpool of building from within. It’s where younger members of the coaching staff were provided on-the-job training, and many managers expanded their knowledge. From Shankly through Roy Evans, the tradition of collective institutional knowledge helped guide Liverpool to success after success, making it one of the most accomplished and recognized clubs of the 20th century.

The spirit of the Boot Room lives with the launch of Loudoun Soccer’s seasonal educational series The Boot Room, an opportunity for coaches in the community to gather to share knowledge and to develop friendships and bonds off the field (regardless of which EPL club you support).

Click on the (+) buttons below for additional information, and to register for individual sessions.

Coaches who plan to attend all Boot Room sessions should consider enrolling in the Coaching School of Excellence.


About The Boot Room
Fall 2018 Boot Room Schedule

For additional information or questions, contact Dan Raben at