Soccer coaching

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.

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Why do I have low numbers at training?

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. […]

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Dealing with nerves as a coach

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 […]

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Player development v winning

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, […]

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How to read the opposition

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 […]

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Coaching my son’s team…

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 […]

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How to develop soccer players

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 […]

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4-player pre-season support session

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 […]

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