Archive | 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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My team are too quiet!

“My team are too quiet. How can I get them to recognise the good positions of their team-mates by being more vocal?” Answer Volume and vocal confidence has to come from you, the coach. There’s a fair chance that if you’re a quiet coach, you’ll produce quiet players. Similarly, guys who are loud bring that […]

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Hey coach! Try being a parent

One of the great things about the summer break from league games is that I can go and watch my own children playing in some of the many tournaments that take place at this time of year. Off comes the tracksuit and I can go and just be a “normal” parent watching a game. I […]

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My players don’t talk to each other

“How can I get my players to communicate better with each other on the pitch? They are so quiet during matches that it really costs us…” Answer Communication is key for any team setup, but there are some very good reasons that kids will often stay quiet during matches. Sometimes they feel embarrassed at speaking […]

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How to survive hot weather at training

“With training and tournaments scheduled for the hot summer weather, how can I protect my players from overheating before it’s too late?” Answer The last few days in the UK have seen some unbearably hot weather making training and tournaments great for the spectator but hard going for the youngsters. There are two key problems […]

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How do I coach speed?

“How do I coach speed? Can it even be coached or is it something that is preset in a player?” Answer Speed can definitely be coached, but if a player is only ever trained for endurance, that speed will not increase. He may be able to run for longer, but the basic speed will remain […]

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My 12-Point Grassroots Coaching Plan

I have been looking through my curriculum for the youngest age group Under 7- Under 8 to help out some parent coaches that have come to me for advice as they had volunteered to take the younger age groups starting in September. A couple of them asked how I’d kick things off, and I thought […]

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Create An FA Cup Winner Like Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal’s superb South American talisman was on fire as they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup last month – his all round ability the highlight of what was a fantastic final. Winning manager Arsene Wenger said: “Alexis is a striker and a good winger who made a great impression on me when he was […]

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