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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.

Play up or play down

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There is always a big discussion about the development age of players and the difficulty for smaller players in their age groups. Smaller players are often the ones left sitting on the subs bench, not because they weren’t skilful enough but because the other kid was much bigger and so the coach preferred him. MORE

Giving them ownership

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I won’t name names in this tale but it is something I would like you to hear about because it is one of my players who had to do everything for himself so he can get to play the sport he loves and I am very proud of him. MORE

Dealing with parents

A letter to the parents

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I am a great believer in positive play from the kick off, but have met resistance from the parents of players who are used to seeing a pass back into midfield scenario on the TV. MORE

Tips for promotion or relegation

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Promotion and relegation bring problems. How are you going to fare in a division above that contains teams that will give your youngsters a thrashing? On the other hand being relegated could mean going to a league in which your team wins every week. Here are my tips for surviving the end of season shake up MORE

How to be successful in tournaments

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Soccer tournaments test both your coaching ability and your player management skills so you must go into them prepared. Here are six sessions, a combination of activities and advice, that will help you. Tournament matches come thick and fast and you want players to be fit and ready. Try small-sided games such as Score one touch,... MORE

Coaching the future

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I was speaking to a dad who used to be a coach. He was saying he really missed the Saturday morning buzz, the one that gives us all a reason for getting up early at the weekends. But what he did hate was coaching courses... MORE

How to handle troublemakers

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There are often players who need to be dealt with differently from the others, ones who cause problems and take much more of your time. It is difficult for the coaches who don’t have much experience to have this added to their workload. MORE

Does it matter what you wear?

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Watching the different ways the top managers dress, it always gives an impression of the team and how it plays. Think of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho who are dressed in sharp suits with very successful teams – although Pep can be seen in some very jazzy clothes these days. Now I am not saying... MORE

Coaching in tight areas

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Looking around some of the remarkable academies in youth soccer with all the facilities that they have it is sometimes easy to forget that a lot of coaches have to work in limited space. MORE

Out of adversity: winning v development

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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. MORE


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