Please don’t feel tricked, but the very best soccer coaching tip is to not rely on tips at all.
Depending on what you want to achieve in your coaching, (I am assuming you are interested in developing your young players to the full of their potential), tips are no replacement for a cohesive, progressive, age-oriented learning programme of small-sided, simplified games.
This means that, instead of a hotch potch of bits and pieces garnered from all sorts of different sources, coaches should seek a reliable recipe of proven ingredients, to which they can add the spice of their own personality and circumstances. This recipe would ideally produce confident, intelligent, creative, skilful players who can express their talents in The Beautiful Game.
The Youth Football Development Model is such a recipe. It includes three main, crucial ingredients:
- Small sided, age-appropriate, simplified games for both training and play.
- An intuitive coaching style of Guided Discovery meaning less coach and more player in the learning process.
- A less competitive game structure to allow young players time to develop without having to win all the time.