Team Management

These articles look at issues coaches face away from actually playing the game. Players and teams need to well-managed. Disruptive players need to be dealt with in a certain way, you have responsibilities towards the opposition, the league, the referee and the parents. These articles highlight some of the major problems you will face in team management and they offer great advice on how to deal with them.

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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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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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Do You Let A Problem Player Join The Team?

This week’s debate: The father of a well-known local ‘problem player’ asks if his son can join your team. Do you exercise your moral right as a coach to say that he can’t join or do you give him a chance? Yes – Chris Beech London Shoreditch Youth – “Every player deserves a chance. If every coach turned his back on this player, […]

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The difficult choices players face…

During the spring I had that awful discussion with the parents of the Under 12s because half the team has to choose between playing rugby or soccer on Sunday mornings – now they have started secondary school Saturday soccer has stopped because that day belongs to school sport. The problem for the parents is that […]

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