A FRAMEWORK FOR THE MODERN GRASSROOTS COACH

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Here is a framework that I have been using for my coaching over the last few years. It has helped me to critically analyse my work and has proven to be a simple yet invaluable reference point when planning my sessions.

A good coach can blur the lines between the training session and the real game.

Soccer coaching is not about players learning drills but about educating and inspiring them to learn to think for themselves.

Training should always reflect the real game.

The best way to learn is by doing.

The warm up should be part of the learning process, not preparation for it. Prepare the brain and body.

The warm-up can include the technical and the tactical aims plus co-ordination, balance and speed training to help improve Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).

Contextualise your aims within match realistic situations/drills.

Do not underestimate the possibility that children can play train, have fun and learn at the same time.

Encourage and help create a desire to win back the ball that is equal to the satisfaction of having possession of the ball, something that came naturally to the street footballers of the past.

It is not how I coach. It is how they learn.

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