Get to know your players

Imagine you are coaching a game and your team is losing 2-0 after two giveaways by your centre back. He is normally one of the best players on the team and this performance is very uncharacteristic. The centre back rarely makes any mistakes, but in this game he’s made several and two of them has ended up in your net. You cannot believe it, this rock of a player that you have depended upon for so many games and who always has been a leader on the pitch now looks like he’s tanking the game voluntary. A lot of different thoughts … Continue reading Get to know your players

Uncomfortable receiving feedback?

As a coach and as a leader you are constantly giving your players and staff members feedback for their work every day. That’s part of being a good leader, to always help guide the process by providing relevant feedback. You received some of your training in giving feedback when you did your coach education courses. There you hopefully received extensive training in how you are supposed to supply feedback to the players and it’s something that you’ve done so often in your career that you feel it’s relatively easy for you. However, there are still a lot of coaches out there … Continue reading Uncomfortable receiving feedback?

Protect your players

The only way to be successful as a coach is to have players that execute the plan you have devised to achieve your common goal. Whether that is winning the league or developing players for a higher level, your players are the conduit to reach your goal. You are the leader and therefore the one that players and staff look to for guidance when the going gets tough and the storm has arrived. Imagine for example that you loose the first three games of the season when everyone expected you to be fighting for the title and winning these games comfortably. … Continue reading Protect your players

How do you communicate with your staff?

We have already established that there are a lot of miscommunication in the football world between coaches and players [link to post]. Too many coaches use words that are non-contextual and without meaning and then expect the players to understand what they are talking about. The only logical conclusion to fix this problem is for you as the coach to start saying what you really mean. Most of you will agree to this and have already started saying what you mean to your players on the pitch which is very good. But how do you communicate with your staff? Imagine … Continue reading How do you communicate with your staff?