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What Is Coaching ?. An activity aimed at influencing the way soccer is played and the people who play it. Welcome to the World of Coaching. Strangely, the coach is seen as the “ village idiot ” --- never satisfying everyone If coaches are so stupid, why is so much expected of them ?

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What Is Coaching ?

An activity aimed at influencing the way soccer is played

and the people who playit


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Welcome to the World of Coaching

  • Strangely, the coach is seen as the

    “village idiot” --- never satisfying everyone

  • If coaches are so stupid, why is so much expected of them ?

  • It’s been said that the most thankless job in soccer is that of the referee ---

    however, after the game the referee leaves

  • It is the coach who has to deal with the discontent and disappointed people involved


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Successful Coaching

  • The most successful coaches are those who have a great concept of :

    the big picture over the long term

  • Being a youth coach is like working

    without a watch. Time is on your side

  • The best coaches combine practical and theoretical knowledge with their personal experience


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The Advantages of Having Played Soccer

  • A certain level of technical and tactical knowledge

  • Instinct, intuition, “gut-feeling”, insight

  • Anticipation, imagination, creativity

  • Intimate knowledge and understanding

    in order to teach others

  • Hard to share what you don’t have ……

    ……. first-hand experience


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From Player to Coach

  • The fact that you were a top player is no guarantee that you will be a good coach

  • Knowledge and experience form a good base, but there is much more - influence/affect players

  • Hristo Stoitchkov – former great player

    “ the best thing I can do is study the game ……. learn all that I can ……………. and be thoroughly prepared “


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Fundamental Skill of a Coach

  • Know whether a player can play or not

  • If he can, in what position

  • Identify and correct weaknesses

  • Tactically, select the best team, see how the game develops, make changes as necessary


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Player Evaluation – TIPS (Ajax)

T.. Technique – mastery of ball skills while under game pressure

I .. Insight -- a picture of everything that is going on around you with a solution

P.. Personality– a winner’s mentality – hate to lose – good team player –

S.. Speed – physical, technical and tactical – speed of thought and play


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Learning to coach5 Different phases

  • Knowledge and understanding of the game -- how the game is played

  • Reading the game -- Insight

    what’s going on -- in a soccer sense

    3. Objectives -- purpose, aims

    4. Setting priorities

    5. Planning


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The Demands Made on the Coach

  • To “read” the soccer situation

  • To arrange the soccer situation to fit the level of the players

  • To explain clearly the soccer problems involved ( what’s wrong )

  • To provide the right example and to demonstrate it

  • To create a learning atmosphere and a desire to do well


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The Basis of Coaching is Observation

  • Shrewd observation and a good memory are fundamental to good coaching

  • Let the kids play and then base your coaching on their performance

  • A coach’s view of the game must differ from that of a loyal supporter, or even a neutral spectator

  • A coach should occupy his time by analyzing the causes and effects which determine the outcome of the game.


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  • A good coach see the game in terms of clear objectives (what is the aim, purpose)

  • A coach must not allow his enthusiasm to run away with him and impair his ability to observe and assess.

  • The coach must be an active observer –

    he must see the details that escape the ordinary spectator

  • Coaches focus primarily on causes,

    others focus on effects ( end result)


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A Coaching Model (what is the aim, purpose)

  • Planning and preparation are essential to coaching

  • Organization (plan) and structure (form) are very important in the learning process

  • Where to start

  • What to achieve

  • How to go about it

  • How did it go


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The Coach’s Objective (what is the aim, purpose)

  • Enjoyment, mastery of the game , winning

  • Coaching is about the game & how it unfolds,

  • About player development and competitive maturity

  • And it is about enjoyment

  • Young players need certain skills and they can be practiced in small-sided games with clear objectives.


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Players Learn Best (what is the aim, purpose)

  • Players learn best through playing the game. Players should always be exposed to the demands of the game.

  • Young players should be confronted with enjoyable challenges they can cope with

  • It is important that they experience success in these activities, and then be exposed to higher forms of challenge