Communication skills

Half time team talks (part 2)

The half-time period at matches is an important time for you and your players and you must use it wisely. And, as with everything in youth soccer, preparation is a key soccer coaching tip. During the first half of the match you should be making mental or written notes of what you want to say […]

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Ask…don’t tell!

“Football is a game you play with your brain” – Johan Cruyff Thirty years ago, in the “good old days”, a youth football coaching session usually took one of two forms: 1. A few laps of the field, some stretches, then a long time standing in lines waiting to be told the “best” way to […]

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The pre-season meeting

It is very important to have a pre-season meeting with both parents and players. This is your first and most important opportunity to discuss your soccer coaching philosophy and codes of conduct and maybe your only chance to explain team rules in a non-confrontational setting (before any discipline is needed), and to recruit volunteers to […]

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Coaching during matches

Soccer Culture The essence of the soccer culture is that soccer is the “player’s game”. What this means is that, once the game is underway, the players are expected to make their own decisions as to the right thing to do in any situation, without interference from coaches or spectators. Of course, in a professional […]

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Good communication – the key to success

Good communication – the key to success in youth soccer It’s impossible to over emphasise the importance of good communication for youth soccer coaches. It doesn’t matter how much you know about the game, how much you care about your players and how much time you put in to make it all come together…if you […]

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Half time team talks

Tweeeet! The whistle has blown, and your players are jogging off the pitch. The first half is over, and before long, the second half will begin. You have seen moments of accomplishment, periods of wavering stamina, goals scored, successful and unsuccessful tackles, different types of passes and much more. How can you possibly relate all […]

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How to communicate with players, parents and officials

In your role as a soccer coach, you need to communicate effectively with a lot of different people: your players, parents, grandparents, officials, other coaches, association directors, etc… All of them have different agendas and need communicating with in different ways. The Players Communication with your players goes far beyond simply giving them instruction. If […]

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86 ways to say ‘well done!’

Good for you! That’s really nice Superb That’s the best ever You did that very well That’s great! You’ve got it made Way to go! Terrific That’s the way to do it! That’s not bad! That’s quite an improvement Couldn’t have done it better myself Good thinking Marvelous You really are going to town You’re […]

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