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

Super Bowl Reflections

On Sunday the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win their 6th Super Bowl championship since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the team in 2000. This is one of the most impressive and successful dynasties in team sports and the question everyone asks is why. Sure, Tom Brady is the GOAT and yes, Bill Belichick is a great coach who works hard in making sure his team is prepared for the next opponent, since coaching “beats being a plumber” as he may or may not have said. After winning Super Bowl 51 … Continue reading Super Bowl Reflections

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

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

The Football Coach

What is the purpose of the football coach within the game of football? We know what the coach does in training when interacting with the players, we call that coaching football. But why is the football coach present in training and what is it that the person in this role is supposed to do? In order to answer these questions we will take a philosophical approach to the game and see where the football coach fits. The starting point for coaching football is the objective characteristics of the game. The fact is that football is a game with a set … Continue reading The Football Coach

Implementing a playing style

How do you implement a new playing style in a team that have been used to play in a different way? First, let’s define what a playing style is; in the game of football you win by scoring minimum one more goal than the opponent. There are three different team functions for every football team in every game, namely attacking, defending and transitioning. The playing style is HOW you attack, defend and transition, or in other words; the subjective application of the team functions with your external factors. The playing style is a reference for the communication between your players … Continue reading Implementing a playing style