Being a good team player is one thing, but being a great soccer team captain is another. Very few players will have this golden opportunity in taking up such an important leadership role. However, if you are fortunate to take up the role of a team captain, then you will need to be a good leader for your teammates; this is both during soccer training and off the field.
There are different types of leaders present. However, the best are those that lead by example; they communicate well and when such a leader gives you a compliment you feel stronger and taller. If this is the kind of leader you are hoping to be, then read on to find out how to train and develop yourself to be a great soccer captain.
1. Lead by example
Leading by example is a key point in developing yourself for the leadership role. If your teammates see that you are positive and always working hard, they will follow suit and look up to you for the proper guidance. Some of the ways you can show your efforts to your teammates is; do not jog at a time you are meant to be running and try not giving up along the way. If you slack off, or you give less effort in the game it is a sign that they also do not need to try as hard.
People who are interested in the career of becoming a soccer coach or part time coach need to prepare themselves to take on such an endeavor. Many coaches of youth league are thrown into the position of head coach because their kid’s team needed a coach. Anyone who volunteered would have been thrown into the same position. With the proper preparation, people can be prepared to coach soccer and even be successful, thus having a feeling that he or she did not let the kids down. After all that is why you took the position in the first place, to do what’s right for the kids.
Too often the phrase “student of the game” is related to players. We hear it on the sports news and relate being a student to being a player. Coaches must learn the game in order to teach it and that is obvious, but what is sometimes over-looked is the fact that coaches can never be complacent.
“Kids’ football (soccer) is all about the individual loving the game: dribbling and shooting, playing games and scoring goals, experimenting and copying. It is very simple and lots of fun.
Adult football is all about the team and results. It is physical, tactical, complicated and very serious.”
Tom Statham of Manchester United Academy
It may be that the most important ‘key’ to successful youth soccer coaching is:
To always and constantly aim to make training sessions a joy for everyone – including you!
Another part of your job as a coach is the soccer evaluation and teaching process of your players. By evaluating overall team capabilities and individual players’ abilities, you will be able to divide the skill of your team into “strengths” and “weaknesses”. These findings will help you structure training sessions according to current and future needs. Evaluation of your team should be done in intervals and at all events. The easiest way to assess the quality of your team is through real match situations, or during training sessions.
When creating a soccer lesson plan, remember the following points:
1. As a coach, you should adjust your sessions to comply with the number of players on the team. Every drill should be set up accordingly and match the number of participants.
2. With communication being a key factor for success, you have to make sure that your instructions and activities are age specific - the younger your players, the simpler the language must be.
Soccer coaching for a group of children calls for pedagogic skills. Some tips and rules have to be followed to achieve cohesion in your roster. With the satisfaction of your students, contentment of parents is imminent. This all adds to the success formula in soccer coaching:
The overall pleasure of all parties involved (coach + players + parents) equals a great soccer team.
The following soccer coaching tips should serve as a good starting point:
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