Coaching Philosophy

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

 

  • PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY AT ALL TIMES
  • HONOUR THE “SPIRIT OF THE GAME”
  • MAXIMISE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PLAYERS AT ALL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
  • UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS; DIFFERENTIATE AND PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF PARTICIPATION, PERFORMANCE AND EXCELLENCE
  • DEVELOP THE PERSON, NOT “JUST” THE PLAYER!
  • MAKE COACHING SESSIONS APPROPRIATE, CHALLENGING, EDUCATIONAL AND ENJOYABLE
  • ESTABLISH A LEARNING CENTRED APPROACH TO PRACTICE
  • PLACE THE RIGHT PLAYER WITH THE RIGHT COACH AT THE RIGHT TIME
  • CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS PLAYERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL (FEAR-FREE ENVIRONMENT)
  • TRY TO DEVELOP “BRAVE” PLAYERS – PLAYERS WHO TRY TO BE CREATIVE & WITHOUT FEAR OF FAILURE
  • USE THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 4 CORNER MODEL (LTPD) TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL PLAYER
  • BE CONCERNED WITH TEAM “SHAPE” RATHER THAN “POSITIONS”
  • ENCOURAGE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR ALL OUTFIELD PLAYERS WITHIN THE GAME AND AS DETERMINED BY THE GAME SITUATION
  • TEACH INTERCHANGE OF POSITIONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING TEAM “SHAPE” AND BALANCE – PLAYERS “COVER” FOR EACH OTHER
  • LET PLAYERS HAVE LOTS OF GOES – DON’T STOP PRACTICE EVERY TIME SOMEONE MAKES A MISTAKE
  • DEVELOP EXPERTISE IN THE COACHING OF THE AGE GROUP FOR WHICH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE

 

COACHING PRACTICE

 

  • MAKE PRACTICES GAME-LIKE (NO “LINE-DRILLS”)
  • DESIGN PRACTICES THAT SET FOOTBALL “PROBLEMS” FOR PLAYERS TO SOLVE
  • SET PRACTICES THAT FORCE REPETITION (LOTS OF “GOES” AT SOMETHING) WITHOUT BEING REPETITIVE
  • DESIGN SMALL SIDED PRACTICES – MORE TOUCHES, DECISIONS, TACKLES, SHOTS, PASSES
  • CREATE TWO (OR MORE) GROUPS TO ENABLE SMALL SIDED PRACTICE WHERE YOU HAVE A LARGE GROUP
  • USE THE “STEPs”** PRINCIPLE TO DESIGN PRACTICES TO BUILD SUCCESS – USE ‘OVERLOADS’ TO FACILITATE SUCCESS AND REDUCE OVERLOADS AS COMPETENCY GROWS
  • DO NOT DO CONDITIONING OR FITNESS DRILLS AT PRACTICE (SEE BELOW *) “SOCCER PRACTICE IS CONDITIONING” – DUTCH FA

 

 *NB – If you only have players for an hour and a half a week, time is better spent teaching them the GAME.

Prior to completion of puberty, returns from fitness training are minimal in most cases.Young players’ energy systems are simply not sufficiently well developed to see any major benefits from this type of physical training.

If players have agility or weight issues, we perhaps need to influence their lifestyle through positive messages/information and working in conjunction with parents. Once a week ‘fitness’ drills won’t make an impact.