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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.

Reflect on your season so far

in Email newsletters, Team Management

In England it is the half term break and for my team this is the time of the season when we reflect on what has happened in these early stages. The leagues up and down the country will be adjusting leagues and promoting or relegating teams to play against a more appropriate opposition. Here's what to do if your team is struggling MORE

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Give your players a voice

in Blog, Team Management

Sometimes my young players make more sense than I do – and that makes me well aware that I shouldn’t always put a tactical side of the argument as a rule that cannot be broken, so I try not to. MORE

Teach your players how to behave

in Psychology, Team Management

One of our most important roles as coaches is teaching kids how to behave properly. But more often than not He or she just chooses to ignore bad behaviour. They may be afraid of the consequences of confrontation within the team and with the parents. Whatever the reason, this fear of addressing improper behaviour is doing us all a disservice. MORE

Good behaviour on match day

In praise of parents

in Blog, Team Management

Sometimes I can’t believe the amount of work that goes into running a youth soccer team – you have to admire the way mums and dads go the extra mile to help their children live the dream. MORE

The manager is only giving the subs 10-15 minutes – is this acceptable?

Solve your subs dilemmas

in Email newsletters, Team Management

Who is going to be substitute? It is a problem that affects every single coach or manager in the game at every level. How often do we see on our TV screens close ups of a Premier League player looking unhappy sitting on the bench with a whole studio of experts dumbfounded as to why he is on it. MORE

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

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