Category Archives: Coach Development

How Do You Finish Your Soccer Training Sessions?

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The best way to end your soccer training session is on a high… I like to send my soccer players away with a smile on their face and having learned a new soccer technique or tactic during soccer practice. If they leave with a smile on their face then what I’ve found is that they are energized at the very… Read more »

Do You Analyse Your Games Sufficiently?

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Soccer games can be thrilling but even in the most tedious matches there will always be plenty of action for a coach to analyse. However, are you analysing correctly or just simply watching the match? Do you write down on paper, or mentally, what you observe on the field? Do you watch out for areas in need of some work,… Read more »

Six Key Factors in Choosing a Goalkeeper

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Many coaches ask how best to choose a goalkeeper. Usually what happens is you find yourself either with several volunteers or none at all! However, choosing a player who is suited to the role is essential for a successful season. A common error is automatically placing the biggest player in goal, just because his size means he can cover more… Read more »

Choosing a Soccer Team Captain

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What is meant by the term ‘a natural leader?’ Do we mean a player who shows the way by example? Is it a person who inspires the other players through his communication and team talks? Or perhaps a much needed authority on the field, someone who is available to all other players when needed, a general…? This list is endless…. Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Five

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In this, the fifth and final part of the series, we look at how to tell the trialists whether they have been chosen to join your squad or not. Once the time arrives to make the selection for the squad, emotions will be running high for you, your team hopefuls and their parents. Choosing new members for your squad is… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Four

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In part three of this series on holding an effective soccer trial, we outlined how it’s necessary to assess the skills and technical ability of the trialists consistently. However, other considerations need to be taken into account as well. Four other key elements are vital when choosing new players for your squad. These factors will ensure new members integrate well… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Three

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One of the biggest mistakes trainers are guilty of when holding a soccer trial is attempting to coach the players who are trying out. The main purpose of having a trial is to assess the skill and technical ability of the players. This doesn’t mean you just sit back and watch. Offering occasional feedback when it’s appropriate shows the trialists… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Two

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Holding a well-organised football trial will ensure you get the most out of it, particularly important if your time is limited. When assessing a player, check out his technical ability as well as his game play. To enable a review of all these elements, divide the trial into two separate parts. The first section involves some drill-based ability and the… Read more »

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial

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Having the ability to organise and run a well-managed and coordinated soccer trial will speak volumes as regards your football coaching capabilities. More significantly, it will enable you to get the best out of the little time that is available and will help you considerably in making the correct choice of players. How can you ensure you get the best… Read more »

Coaching Methods – The Importance of Observation

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It is vital to get as much benefit as possible out of each coaching session. To assess performance levels and improvement, it’s necessary to observe your squad playing both as a team and individually, noting technical expertise and tactical skills. To ensure you get the full benefit out of observing your players, follow the four tips listed below.