Deliberate Practice

There is probably not a single coach who haven’t heard about the “10.000 hour rule” and with it a small fraction of the research done by Swedish professor Anders Ericsson at Florida State University. As a consequence you get coaches all over the world, in different sports, preaching that every player needs to train for at least 10.000 hours if they want to become good. This preaching from coaches combined with early specialization is something that doctors and physiotherapist has noticed with the amount of overtraining injuries such as for example ACL injuries increasing in pre-pubescent children.  Now, if you’d … Continue reading Deliberate Practice

Team Bonding

What happens when a new player comes into your team? Just imagine for a second that you are a player, showing up for practice as usual and all of a sudden there’s a new face next to you in the dressing room. You shake this persons hand and present yourself and maybe ask a couple of questions that leads you to conclude that you have a new teammate.  The players on your team are used to talk about certain topics, they do this in a certain way and they have become so used to each others body language that they … Continue reading Team Bonding

Coaching Convention

For the third straight year I attended the “Soccer Coaching Convention” in Chicago last week. It’s a fascinating event with its size and the amount of coaches that attend. The scale of the event is huge and the locations are so big that you get enough exercise just walking through the convention hall once. This year it was reported that it was over 14.000 coaches attending, I’m not sure where they all were, but it sure was a lot of people continuously walking around. The question is what they were searching for during these days. For me, before traveling to … Continue reading Coaching Convention

Goal setting

In the last post we discussed the prospect of furthering your education in the new year. The holiday period is for many of us a good opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed. We can use this time of reflection to set new goals for the best year of our lives – the next one. As we discussed in the previous post, here, you need self-awareness  to have a high quality reflection, knowledge about yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses. After your quality reflection you need to figure out what you want to do after the new year … Continue reading Goal setting

Increasing Self-Awareness

The holiday season is closing in and for many this means some days off, spending valuable time with your family and reflecting on the year that has passed. One of the reflections might be that you want to educate yourself further in 2019 to become an even better coach or leader. It is an admirable thought, to further your own education, but the question that should be asked is not why, but how. The why questions is already answered by wanting to learn more, you want to become a better version of yourself, great! But how will you do this, … Continue reading Increasing Self-Awareness

Football Braining Experience

I’m here in Lisbon reflecting on one of the best educational experiences I’ve just had here in the beautiful capital of Portugal. The course I attended was the Football Braining Experience from the World Football Academy, a course which takes psychology and translates it to the context of football and football language. This was the second time in as many years as the course has been held in Portugal, last year it was in Porto with me in attendance also there. Even though last years course was very good this years Football Braining Experience hit it out of the park for … Continue reading Football Braining Experience

What is coaching football?

If you venture online you can find many different resources online about how you can coach football. These resources usually have their starting point in someone else’s subjective application of coaching football and their particular environment. That means that everything is based on someone else’s players and often with an assumption that you as a coach has a certain amount of knowledge. This in itself doesn’t need do be a problem as long as you as the coach who are visiting these resources understand that this is the case. However, you will have a problem if your own subjective application … Continue reading What is coaching football?

New coaches

Every year there are many new coaches all over the world who want to help players improve and enjoy the game. Most of these coaches are parents to one or more of the players, not all of these parents coach because of their love of the game but they do coach out of love at some level. Maybe some of these parents had to take the role of coach for their children’s team just because no one else would. On the other hand you also have former players with different levels of experience that start to coach every year. You … Continue reading New coaches

Improving Communication

We know that as a football coach your role is to improve the quality of your players football actions. This means that the reason for the coach to be in the training session is to improve the communication between players within the different team functions and team tasks by improving the decision making of the individual players. By helping players make better decisions you as the coach are improving the quality of your players football actions and as a result you are improving football.  Imagine taking over a new team before the upcoming season. You start by analyzing the squad … Continue reading Improving Communication