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.

How Do I Get My Players To Make The Right Decisions.

How Do I Get My Players To Make The Right Decisions?

Question: I coach a team of Under 10s – a few of them are very comfortable with the ball at their feet and love to dribble. They are now getting to the stage where they are acknowledging that sometimes passing as opposed to dribbling may be better for the team but are finding the decision making process difficult. I.e. when is […]

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What's it like to be coached by you

What’s it like to be coached by you?

As a coach I know I have a lot of responsibilities, so how I coach and how I get my points across are vital to the progression of my players. It is not just about progression on the pitch either – my coaching should also help them learn how to achieve their life goals away […]

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Should I give up coaching?

Should I give up coaching?

“The constant criticism from the parents of the players on my team is hitting my confidence and making me think I should give up coaching. Can you help?” – Under 10s Boys Coach Answer I think all of us have a dark side that turns us into critics. Some people can be more critical than […]

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6 things you should do at half time

6 Things You Should Do at Half Time

If you are unsure what to do at half time follow these tips so your team is organised before they go out for the second half. 1. Prepare notes As with everything in youth soccer, preparation is key, so during the first half you should be making mental or written notes of what you want […]

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6 tips for anger management

6 Tips to Help Your Players Manage Their Anger

Sport psychologist Dan Abrahams offers six tips to help your players manage their anger. 1. Use anger to help Anger is a sign that a player has a goal but is being obstructed from completing that goal. It’s important to put anger in perspective – it’s better to have a player who is passionate about performing […]

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6 tips to better demos

6 Steps to Better Demos

Demonstrations are a very powerful way of getting information over to young players. Here are the six steps to ensure they have the effect you want. Step 1: Set the scene Establish exactly what you want to achieve from the demonstration. Tell your players what you are showing them and what they should be looking […]

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What should my players eat

What Should My Players Eat Before a Match?

Question “My players are always starving in the morning before a match and often the bacon buttie hut is open and smelling wonderful – but what should they eat that doesn’t stop them playing well?” Answer I always try to put a few pieces of fruit in my coaching bag when I set out for […]

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New Year Resolutions

14 Coaching New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve got 14 things to think about this year – consider these points and see if you can work some of the principles into your everyday coaching. If you can, you’ll be a better coach because of it, I promise you. 1. Listen to your players Your players will always tell you if a training […]

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