If you want to be a great coach of , we’ve got some tips to help you. In this section
you will find advice on planning, preparing, conducting and evaluating your training
session to further improve your skills as a football coach . . .
Be organised - Plan > Prepare
> Conduct > Evaluate
Plan – Define your football coaching
plan not for just the next football coaching session but for the coming weeks. Your
plan should include what it is you want to achieve by the end of the period. This
will help you make your sessions progressive from week to week by building on the
knowledge and experiences your players have gained over time.
When planning your football coaching sessions, try and keep them fun and involve
all of the players all of the time, preferably in small groups so they get plenty
Make the content of each football
training drill progressive, for example, in the first 10 minutes you might
work on a particular football technique. Typically, this would be unopposed to allow
the players to master the technique. In the second phase you might want to progress
the football drill to create a game like situation with conditions
that make the drill progressively more difficult. Lastly, a small sided match where
players can employ what they've learnt in a game environment.
Prepare – Research your
football training session and put together a drill that fits in to your
football coaching plan. The plan for your football drill
- Key objectives of the drill, ie. what do you want to achieve by the end of the session?
- football equipment requirements
- Action plan from last session
- Warm up activities
- Set-up instructions
- Session content (main theme such as learning a new football
technique or skill followed by a small sided game/match that allows players
to put in to practice what they've learnt)
- Technical football information / football coaching tips
- Cool down activities
With your football coaching plan memorised (or in your pocket!), you should aim
to arrive for the football training session well in advance. Your jobs may include:
- Running through the
football training session with your assistants
- Putting up the goals
- Marking out the football training area with cones
- Pumping the balls up
- Splitting the bibs
- Checking over the playing surface for dangerous objects
- Distributing balls around the football training area
Conduct - Now you have planned
and prepared your football coaching session it’s time
to start your football drill. Let your players know what you will be working on
in the football training session and what is expected of them.
When talking to your players, make sure their backs are to the sun and they are
looking away from any distractions. Deliver your instructions and commands in a
short, precise way and involve players in your demonstrations. Here is a great rule
to follow when trying to get your message over:
TELL ME AND I FORGET
SHOW ME AND I REMEMBER
INVOLVE ME AND I UNDERSTAND
Once the players understand the drill, get them started and take yourself out of
the football training area and observe the behaviour and attitude of the players.
If the attitude and behaviour is good, you will have chance to analyse the players
performance and address any issues. If you need to help/instruct players, step in
to the football training area, deliver your message, demonstrate and have the players
you're working with recreate the situation with a positive outcome – all in no more
than 60 seconds! If play is stopped for too long or too often, players can lose
interest and become bored.
Be adaptable in your approach. If the
football drill is not working, don’t hesitate to change it for the better.
This could include making the drill harder or easier to suit your player’s needs
by adding, switching or removing players or increasing / decreasing the size of
the football training area. Use your football coaching
knowledge and imagination to adapt the drill to suit your team’s specific needs.
Your time with your players is limited so use it effectively.
Evaluate - Evaluating your
football coaching session will help you improve on areas of personal weakness and
form part of your action points for the next football training session. This is a vital process if you
want to improve as a coach in football. For example, were the key objectives met,
was the organisation of the football training session good, did players understand
your instructions clearly and easily. Also, use those around you for feedback –
how did they think the football training session went?
There is not one thing that will make you a great football coach but a combination
of many factors. To help you create your next football coaching
plan, visit our
football training drills database.