EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

5 tips for solving team management issues

It’s not always about playing the game… coaches and managers of youth teams, from grassroots right through to academy level, have other problems that can affect the team on the pitch and take up hours of a volunteer coach’s time.

Disruptive players need to be dealt with in a certain way, you have responsibilities towards the opposition, the league, the referee and the parents.

Here are my five tips to help you:

I will start with an article from my blog Dealing with critical parents. As we all know, parents cause problems because they only watch one thing – their own child. So the criticism you will get from parents should be listened to but not taken at face value. They can also be a nuisance on the touchline, shouting at the referee and their own child. Read Red card the problem parents for some tips on dealing with them at your matches and coaching sessions.

One of the other problems I am always asked about is how to tame a team of players that just complain and moan all the time. They would rather joke around than listen to the coach. My 8 tips to tame an undisciplined team will help you deal with them.

Also during an AskDave surgery I was asked How do I prevent disruptive players ruining my sessions? Read my answer to this coach’s problem.

Finally, to end on a positive note, look out for the 5 telltale signs your players are enjoying training. You want to get them coming back every week enthusiastic and raring to go.

There are lots more areas of advice in the Team Management section so go check it out and find an answer to your particular problem.

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