Football Coaching in the Current Youth Game
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Football Coaching in the Current Youth Game

Football coaching in the UK has seen dramatic changes over the last decade; the introduction of the level 1 course and the failing programme (in some places) of the junior team managers course has only led to more adults becoming involved in a kids game, which had led to an increase in many factors decreasing the quality of performance and experience of many young people. Factors affecting young players:

o Adults telling players how to play constantly from the touchline

o More than just the coaches voice from the touchline - parents screaming instructions, confusing players and increasing pressure - many times if left the player will surprise you with their decision making.

o Coaches getting goalkeepers to kick out of their hands and not playing out from the back

o Coaches shouting things such as, "don't pass it back," "don't play across the back," "clear it," "get rid of it," etc etc etc etc all detrimental to learning. If a player makes a mistake they process that information themselves and will rectify the decision next time - they don't need adults telling them not to do it as it causes doubt and decreases confidence and the learning aspect. Self empowerment is sadly overlooked in football coaching courses.

o "Don't be greedy" is another - why not? When asked how he became so good Ronaldo stated, "put it this way I didn't give the ball to anyone else." Let kids make their own choices, encourage exciting play and passing will happen naturally anyway.

o "Don't lose the ball" - another classic - immediately by saying "don't," and "lose" the negative words increase the tension on the players forcing mistakes.

o A player runs through 1v1 with the goalkeeper - don't tell them what to do or when to shoot - he may dribble round the keeper, or square the ball to a team mate - let them decide and learn.

o Remembering they are young people - use language appropriate to their game and their age - "stop chasing lost causes" is a good one - not sure a 5 year old would understand that. There are many more statements from adults that simply confuse young people. ดูมวยออนไลน์

o Who taught you to walk? Who taught you how to talk? How did you learn to drive? YOU DID IT - NO ONE ELSE.

o As a parent, do you go into your child's classroom at school and shout at them for getting a maths question wrong - didn't think so - so why shout at a kid who gives possession away?

o Do you want your child to be a nice person? Thought so! So why encourage them to cheat at football? I have seen coaches recently saying, "stand over the ball on the free kick," "just try get away with not going back ten yards until the ref tells you to," what a wonderful society we have! And great role models! If your child stole from you or lied you would be distraught (hopefully) so why teach them to push boundaries playing sport?

o Referees - the poor guys! Why have them? If you have honest kids (which 99% are naturally) let the kids' referee - ask them to be honest - if they give a free kick or handball - get them to give the ball to the other team. Keep the adult influence out of the game as much as you can.

o A tournament recently at a professional club that invited junior teams to play had mostly the above. Adults shouting, screaming, kids crying, etc (CHILD PROTECTION!). The best team that were unbeaten had one coach, who sat and watched, didn't say a word. At half time was positive in his comments - focused on the kids and his team was a joy to watch. The parents also kept quiet but said the best thing that you can after a game - "well done son, did you enjoy that? You looked like you did, we're really proud of you, we all love you." That was it, kids playing how they wanted, trying things and making mistakes but having fun with their friends with nice comments, no tears and lots of confidence as they were under no pressure.

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