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Practical Guidelines for Coaching


You will learn a lot in this section about how to make your both players and your team better. There will be ideas you can't wait to try, suggestions you disagree with, and many items to put on the back burner until next season or next year. Each coach who reads through this section will develop very different lists of priorities. What one throws out, another will hold near and dear for seasons to come. This is a good thing.

Each of you is an individual, and you need to let your personality and coaching style shine through. A common trap for new coaches is to try to imitate another coach's style. Understand what type of coach you are (the ultra-organized disciplinarian? the flexible funster? the nurturing teacher?) Be open and honest with your players, parents and assistants about your style, your philosophy, your policies, and your expectations. You'll have a lot more fun being yourself, instead of pretending to be someone you're not.

Feedback loop

The Coaching Process

If you have never coached before, or are not that familiar with soccer coaching, it's important that you have a fundamental grasp of the coaching process. Coaching involves communicating your knowledge of the game, observing what needs to be corrected, and adjusting this feedback loop as required.

Other Pages in This Section

  1. Importance Of Pre-Season Meeting with Parents/Players
  2. Nuts & Bolts of Holding Practices
  3. Player management and discipline
  4. Special Ideas for Your First Practice
Updated 7 April 1999