Preparation is important in many aspects of life, especially for coaches. As the fall season gets closer day by day, get a head start in your preparation so your team can be on a path toward success.
Education is important for all coaches from the youth level all the way up to the highest professional ranks. Attend a coaching course, clinic, symposium or workshop in your area. Nowadays, you can even learn in the comfort of your own home through webinars and online courses. Take advantage of coaching education when you can because coaches should never stop learning.
One avenue of learning is through observation. Take some time to watch high level soccer whether it’s a pro or college team in your area or on the television. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, considered one of the greatest of all-time, told a group at the Harvard Business School that observation was a key factor in his success.
“I don’t think many people fully understand the value of observing,” Ferguson said. “I came to see observation as a critical part of my management skills. The ability to see things is key – or, more specifically, the ability to see things you don’t expect to see.”
When Premier League powerhouse Chelsea hit a low point in 2016 they turned to Antonio Conte who guided Italian giant Juventus to three league titles during his brief tenure. Conte quickly revived Chelsea and led The Blues to the 2016-17 Premier League title.
Conte helped make soccer fun for the players, and that philosophy can be handed down to all youth coaches. Challenge yourself to come up with creative ways to make the game fun. Strike the proper balance between when it’s time to focus and be serious and when to cut loose.
If your team enjoyed success last season don’t take it for granted, and instead look for ways to improve. Take pride in your preparation, and be ready to evolve as a coach. The time you put in now will pay dividends this fall.
UK Elite team training weeks are now available to help get you ready. Contact your regional club director for more information.