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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.

Players listen to the coach

New Year… Think ahead!

in Email newsletters, Team Management

Read the advice while you are preparing for your New Year's Eve party! Why not invite your players for a get together while they are still on school holidays so they can have a kickaround with the ball while you talk to the parents about your plans for the coming season. MORE

Making a difference

in Blog, Team Management

A couple of seasons ago I was asked to take over an Under 16s team that the club said were underachieving – they wanted the team to get more success than they were having. So I went along to watch them.... MORE

A new player wants to join the team…

in Blog, Team Management

I have two players who recently came through our development squad who feel they are ready to join my team 6 months ahead of plan. It is a tricky decision as it adds to the pressure on match days when the number of subs would obviously increase. MORE

How to coach winning mentality drills- part 1

A winning mentality

in Practice plans, Team Management

Instilling a winning mentality in your team can result in a positive outcome on your results. Doing this can help players win their 1v1 duels. The practices in this coaching plan encourage both good defending, attacking and concentration skills. MORE

Where do you draw the line?

in Blog, Team Management

I really like the idea of the respect line that the English Football Association has recommended clubs use to keep parents and supporters at bay during youth matches. It is a line that gives parents a clear and visual guide as to where they should be standing when a match is being played. MORE

When the parents shout tactics…

in Blog, Team Management

I like to think I have educated the parents of my players so that they only shout encouraging things and respect the opposition players and parents. But sometimes they too shout things that are not helpful to the team on match days. MORE

The social club

in Psychology, Team Management

I was in China last week and one thing I noticed was that everyone was on their mobile phone! It made me realize that sports clubs are one of the few remaining areas where kids get face to face contact and interaction with each other. MORE

Back after the break

in Blog, Team Management

I’ve been out and about this pre-season watching teams getting back into the swing of the new season. The weather has been excellent and some of the work by coaches up and down the country is a testament to how committed everyone is, from mums and dads right up to the head coach. MORE

Don’t bench them

in Blog, Team Management

I’ve lost count of the number of times last season that I saw the opposition had players on the bench for the whole match without getting them on the pitch at all. I hate to see this and my heart goes out to those unlucky benched souls who have been so keen all week to come along to a game and play in it, only to find that they “aren’t going to play this week”. MORE

Play up or play down

in Blog, Team Management

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

in Blog, Team Management

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

in Blog, Team Management

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

in Email newsletters, Team Management

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


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