Soccer coaches all over the world are trying to develop and teach their players the basics while their hidden agenda is to try and win games. Any coach looking for success will usually have a strict policy that utilises some sort of disciplinary action. Is this a good thing?
Whether it's a good thing or not is not the question. What I'm offering here is 5 soccer coaching tips that do make a difference without the implementation of fear or discipline
Tip 1- Always keep your training sessions structured and always plan the session before you arrive at the training grounds. This shows that you're professionally and eliminates any chance of your players misbehaving during training.
Tip 2- Training sessions must be structured but they must also be flexible. What happens if the majority of players don't turn up to training? What happens if the training grounds are flooded with heavy down pour? What happens if the temperature is too hot?
Always remember to have a plan B and always take into consideration the "what if" moments.
Tip 3- As a coach it's your duty to train and bring out the best in your players. Coaching does not mean supervising, it means coaching. Make sure you push all your players to their limits, which will inevitable increase their levels of fitness.
Tip 4- Just because you've been branded a soccer coach doesn't mean you cannot be friends with your players. In order for your team to be successful the players must have faith in you and must like you. So be their friend and be sincere about it. Do you really care about your players? If not, why not? A better question might be why are you coaching soccer if you do not care about your players. Have a genuine interest in your players.
Tip 5- Set a good example and look the part. A neat tracksuit and a clean pair of boots is all it takes to look the part. Make sure you look presentable and never smoke or swear in front of your players.
Remember that young players are keen to learn and will listen to you if you follow the above coaching tips. Keep the players busy during training to avoid them misbehaving and half the battle is won.
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