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.

10 things to look out for on match day

Top 10 Things to Look out for on Match Day

This is my top 10 things I most like to see in a young soccer player during a match. It’s one way of finding out whether your training sessions are achieving what you hope. When I think up coaching drills I’m constantly making sure they can relate to match days. If you cannot see a […]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Organised on Match Day

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Organised on Match Day

The best way to organise your team on match day is to write things down. Here are six reasons why: 1. A confidence booster In life, everyone feels better when they know they’ve prepared for something properly. Write down your plans before you arrive at the match and you’ll assume a confidence and positivity over […]

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How to Successfully Communicate with Your Players

6 Ways to Successfully Communicate With Your Players

Choosing the right words can engage and motivate players, just as the wrong words will turn them off. So follow our coaching tips and adopt the language of success… Avoid asking "WHY?" If you start any question with “why”, it rarely elicits the response that you want. Indeed, your players could well put the barriers […]

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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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