Question My Under-8s side has players at very different skill levels. Some criticise others when things aren’t going well – how can I make them appreciate that it’s a team game and they’re all as important as one another? Answer Make sure you don’t single out individuals for praise at the end of a match. […]
Being a soccer coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular soccer skill, run a soccer drill, or set up a formation. The soccer coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.
Question “Only four turned up to training again tonight. That’s three weeks in a row. What’s the point in me giving up my valuable time?” Answer You need to find out why this is happening because it could be something simple that is easily put right, such as: The players are not enjoying the training. […]
Quite a number of coaches have spoken to me this week about feeling nervous when they coach in front of parents because of the pressure they are under to get everything right all the time. It can be a difficult situation, especially if the session you are running isn’t working with the players. There are […]
You’ll often find that out of adversity comes opportunity. A player came to meet me with his mum and dad late last year. He had been having a tough time at his club and was both tearful about returning to the club and tearful about not playing football. He was having a hard time there, […]
Question What’s the best way to improve one’s ability to quickly read the opposing team? Answer There are a couple of ways you can improve on reading the opposition. The main one being see how they line up at kick off, work out what formation they are playing and that will give you a good […]
Question I understand you coach your sons’ teams… I am now coaching my own child… what advice would you give? Answer There are a number of things you need to do to try and find the right balance when coaching your son’s team… Don’t favour them Don’t build your team around your child. You might […]
Over the past few months I’ve been writing a comprehensive Soccer Skills Curriculum (called EasiCoach Soccer Skills Activities) that covers the development of players from Under 7 through to Under 16. The development of players is one of the reasons we are coaches, so it helps if we are coaching the right things. To this end […]
There are occasions when I do things that go against all the advice I give out – and I’m not sure why I do it, or in this case, don’t do it. It shows how you can’t rest on your laurels in this coaching lark and I feel a bit of a chump for doing […]
Use this fast paced training game to get two centre midfielders and a defensive midfielder moving quickly into positions to support each other, just like they would in a match. Why use it This is a refresher for players to get into supporting positions when they are near the player with the ball. Set up […]
Keeping your triangle of cones from the warm up above, you can use it to do a series of short sprints to prepare your players for a match. It gets the blood circulating in their legs and prepares them for the short sprints used regularly in game situations.