These are 6 aspects you need to have in mind, when becoming an effective football coach:
A successful football team needs a coach that is a good role model, to influence in a good way the youngsters in the academy. Put in mind that you are going to be their leader and they are relying their success on you. And you’ll be watched by their parents across all your decisions. You should be teaching them positive attitudes to win a game and also make them know the dark side of the know, teaching them the negative effects of that. Time wasting, injuring the best player on purpose, and other negative ways to win should not be a part of you and your team.
An effective football coach is a good teacher. Part of your duty is to teach your team everything about football, since the basics like passing, dribbling, shooting and tackling, and the technical part of it, such how to position in the defense, how to counter attack, how to take set pieces, and other technical aspects of the game, that help you win matches. You have to make sure that your football team is learning and growing their skills across the season. Make sure to give clear and correct instructions during the training sessions and prepare, on the end of the season, the next one, with a year calendar of the trainings, and stick to it, so you know your players are developing in all areas. You can’t coach a football team if you don’t have any knowledge about the game.
Show them how to do it, rather than say to do it. Visual impressions are better and more effective than oral orders. Be flexible, always listen the doubts of your players and make sure you are proactive, to influence them in the right way.
Establishing a good relationship with your football team is a “must” in coaching a football team. By being friendly to them, you must understand their individual personalities by knowing their personal lifestyles and interests. This way, you can connect with your players and they will be more willing to take orders from you, when it comes to training. Make sure you analyze all the time their emotional and mental state and their development stages.
By knowing them, you can implement strategies that could motivate them more accordingly. But be reminded, you can get personal but stay professional.
Each football player’s development is essential, and you must pay attention to it. As their coach and role model, you must not only teach them football basic skills, but also social skills like discipline, patience, determination, and teamwork.
Establish individual and team goals, in each week, month and season, so they can feel improvement and you can watch how they develop. The best way is to establish levels in a pyramid scale. Only those who are set to the next level at the pyramid can progress, until they get to the top, in the end of their youth academy progression.
You don’t need to be a former player to be a coach, however that helps in the knowledge of the game. Players like Gerrard, Zidane and many others are great managers because of their tactical and technical knowledge on the game, that they can transmit to young and old players, so they can play a certain type of game plan.
In the youth academies, it’s essential the relationship between Parents, Players and Coaches, like we mention on our recent article, The Triangle of Football. Balancing the relationship between parents and players, by not get too personal and too less professional.
If you have these 6 attributes of an effective football coach in your characteristics, you’re ready to lead your team to victory and on the road to become one of the best managers in the world.