What makes a good coach?

SCW 479 picture 1Don’t underestimate how important your weekly training sessions are for the development of your players. One of the reasons the top coaches are hunted by clubs all around the world is because they can make a massive difference to the success of the club.

This is true in youth soccer where a good coach can develop his players over a season and create a successful team that has developed all its players to the best of their ability.

But what makes a good soccer coach?

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said: “How do I get to each player to be their best – with a talk? With video analysis? And what sort of tone? The sports psychologist coaches me too.”

According to Sir Alex Ferguson former Manchester United manager: “When I first started coaching, my main job as a coach was to improve my players, shape my team, balance my team and get them to play football which I enjoyed”.

If you are just starting out as a coach or you are advancing your coaching badges discussion should be all about development of the players in your team. Many of the age groups around the world are not playing competitive matches until Under 12 age groups, it was felt that development would be better in an environment which was not results orientated.

Coaches need to think about how to exploit this situation for the benefit of the players they have at the particular age groups.SCW 479 picture 2

Martin Heather Academy Director at Wimbledon FC believes that: “Players should be developed in an environment which encourages them to develop their natural abilities without fear of failure. The player should be the central figure and his all round holistic development should be reflected in the coaching and education programme of the club.”

“Communication, individuality, knowledge and understanding of the players with whom he is working. The coach also creates realism and has good organizational skills.”