Whether you are an experienced coach or new to coaching, there could be a few things that you need to do to improve your effectiveness in providing training for soccer players.
- Define goal: At the beginning of a season, coaches should have goals that can define success. Success may equal to winning more, if not most games. Even modest goals, such as being in top 10 of the league, should be well defined. In essence, a goal should be an improvement of current progress or achievements, so your team will always progress forward.
- Know each player personally: Before the first practice, you should know the name of each player. In fact, there should be a gathering or social activity before the actual training session. You shouldn’t only remember their names, but also what they can contribute to the team. As an example, a player may sprint very quickly, while another can shoot accurate penalties at high ball velocity. When seeking to know more about a player, you should ask them some personal information. Coaches should also tell players about themselves to build up relationships.
- Set boundaries: You should set boundaries for proper behaviors. Players should know how to properly conduct themselves. Explain clearly that they need to think and act as a team, instead of as individuals. Players should also behave accordingly, such as never criticizing the referee. A referee will never retract his decision, so there’s no use arguing with him. Players shouldn’t expect to win every time and they need to know how to deal with losses. As an example, players as a team and individuals should learn from a loss and find ways to rectify mistakes, as well as making constant improvements.
- Be organized: Each practice session shouldn’t be consisted only of drills, but also discussions and scrimmage. Coaches should also know how to manage paperwork. They should have a list of phone numbers of each player. Coaches should also regularly make reports to the club
- Be demanding: Players need to be challenged to continue progressing. Without directions, players may run, shoot and play on autopilot. Coaches should demand small improvements here and there, so they will accumulate to make the team much better. This will work well on the weakest players. Coaches may demand something that’s within the ability of players and if they can do it, players will feel a sense of achievement and have better motivation. This will be good for the sense of self-worth. Coaches should also demand players to play and win as a team.
- Delegate: Coaches should be aware that it’s hard to do everything at once. They should know how to delegate to do supporting tasks. If coaches find that they can no longer focus on primary coaching tasks, then it’s time for them delegate. Coaches should have assistants that can help in doing various tasks.
Keep family members involved: This is a good method if the soccer team is consisted of younger players. Invite parents and other family members to get involved in practice sessions and matches.