5 Steps to Improving Player Awareness

Football is a fast-paced game that requires dozens of decisions every minute. Heightening young players’ awareness is a great way to set them up for success because the more information they have the better decisions they will make.

Indeed, awareness is what makes the difference between good players and great players. It is why some players always seem to have an extra second on the ball, or why some players always seem to be in the right place at the right time.

But coaches sometimes neglect awareness because it’s difficult to write down the coaching points, or to perform ‘repetitions’ of awareness.

So, here are 5 ways to develop player awareness in any session you coach:

1. Strategically Messy Training

With multiple drills going on at once, or lots of interference during a particular drill, players are forced to become more aware of their surroundings. This is a great way to teach kids to keep their eyes open and their heads on a swivel, so that they can constantly recognize and react to changing situations on the pitch. Challenge your players to stay focused on the task assigned to them even in a messy, chaotic area.

2. Directional Practice Drills

Don’t allow your players the luxury of always facing their teammates and looking up the pitch, because this won’t always be the case during a real match. Use directional drills in which your players receive passes on the turn. This forces them to be aware of what’s behind them, so that they can quickly receive, turn, and jump into action without missing a beat. This can become an invaluable skill for a developing player.

3. Small-Sided Games Without Bibs

Practice bibs can certainly make for a more convenient and orderly practice (and they do accurately simulate match conditions) but if you are specifically working on improving your players’ awareness, try playing your small-sided games without bibs. This technique makes it necessary for your players to look at faces and positions, rather than just bib colours, and ultimately forces them to be more aware of teammates and opposition on the pitch.

4. Proper Eyewear When Necessary

Many young players perform beneath their abilities because of a very simple problem: poor natural eyesight. If you have players struggling in this area, consider recommending athletic eyewear like Acuvue contact lenses. Glasses and sports goggles are also options, but contact lenses are generally seen as the safest and most comfortable options, and also offer the widest field of corrective vision for improved awareness. Improved vision helped a player in my U12 grassroots team improve his performances so much that he has recently been keeping an Academy player out of his school team.

5. Play In Different Positions

Despite best intentions, coaches often put players in the same position time and again, and then leave them there for the whole game. However, for the purpose of fostering better awareness, it’s a better to give players a range of experiences all over the pitch. Understanding the demands of new positions helps players to utilize their teammates better, and generally improves their match play.

Got another tip for improving player awareness? Let us know in the comments below…

Kickster Academy 12×6 Goals Product Review

As training moves back outdoors and on to grass, a problem faced by many coaches is finding or having to put up goals before their training sessions. We’ve all struggled to assemble plastic Samba goals only to discover a piece is missing!

Quickplay Sport have developed a different type of portable goal which I have been using for a full season and am now happy to wholeheartedly recommend. See the video above for a demonstration of the goals and then read on for my review.

The Kickster goals are made out of steel and fibreglass so they are both sturdy and lightweight (it’s easy for an U11 player to carry the bag over their shoulder).

The frame of the goal – the posts and crossbar – are made of high-strength vinyl and a clever tension system keeps the goals upright. The goals do look a bit flimsy when you first set them up, but after using them for over 40 training sessions with adult players and over 100 sessions with junior players, I haven’t had a single breakage. The bottom of the posts occasionally unclip from the frame if they take a direct hit, but it takes 2 seconds to reattach and doesn’t seem to affect the stance of the goals.

The huge advantage these goals have over similar products is that they genuinely only take a couple of minutes to put up and take down. All the posts are joined by elastic (like a tent) so they can’t be put in the wrong order and don’t go missing between sessions, the net itself is attached with velcro so you don’t have hundreds of clips to keep track of either.

Because the goals are also extremely light they can safely be carried by kids and is isn’t a hassle to move them around within a session. These means that you can have proper goals in a lot more of your practices, making your sessions more realistic and more enjoyable for your players.

Kickster Academy 12ft x 6ft is the official size for junior football and has an average customer review of 4.8 out of 5 across Amazon and Quickplay’s own website. 16ft x 7ft are now also available (the official size for 9v9 football) along with futsal and smaller training sizes.

Overall, I’d highly recommend trying a goal or two for yourself, it will dramatically increase the time and options available to you in training sessions and – if my experience is anything to go by – your players will love them.

FEATURES:

• Small pack size and lightweight- ½ the size and weight of other portable goals on the market.

• Simple and quick to assemble in only 2 minutes.

• All poles are pre-attached with elastic cord. Making it easy for anyone to assemble and reduces lost parts.

• Robust and flexible design, with the ability to deform and instantly return to shape.

• Durable, easy open carry bag with shoulder strap.

• Kickster Goals can be easily carried by children and are small enough to pack easily into a family car to go on holiday, to the park or anywhere.

• Designed and manufactured by Quick Play Sport and tested to British Standards.

• Packed Size: Only 20 x 12 x108 (cm).

Visit Quickplay Sport for more information about the Kickster Academy Goals range.

Use VARK To Get The Most Out Of Your Players

As a football coach, I work with the whole range of players; from youngsters taking their first steps in the game to ex-academy adults playing semi-professionally.

These experiences have taught me that not every individual will respond to everything you try and coach them. Whereas some coaches may palm off these players as ‘difficult’ or ‘bad players’, I have found that if I adapt the way I deliver my session I can engage and ultimately get through to these players.

VARK

Anyone who has been involved in education during the past 10 years will be familiar with the term VARK. This is an acronym for Visual, Auditory, Reading & Writing and Kinaesthetic, four different learning styles that children (and people in general) use.

However grassroots volunteers may be unaware of the importance of these different learning styles and the effect their use can have on an individual. Indeed, the effectiveness of a coaching session can be drastically improved by accommodating all of them.

Before I go into any more detail, I will point out that there are going to be times when it is impractical to cater to every learning style. It should also be noted that, whilst most individuals have a preferred learning style, nobody learns exclusively in one style. This means that someone who is a Visual learner will still be able to take on board information in an Auditory way, and vice versa.

With this said, let’s take a look at the four learning styles, and how they may be used in a coaching environment.

Visual Learning

I am sure most coaches have explained a drill over and over and still had players who “aren’t listening” or “just don’t get it”. In most cases these kids will be visual learners who simply need to see a picture to understand the practice.

As a coach, the key with Visual learners is to make use of a variety of coaching props and materials. Tactics boards and white boards are fantastic, as they allow the individual to focus their attention on something physical. This could be in the form of tactics boards, print outs, iPads or videos of your coaching drills.

Whilst this may seem slightly unusual, think about your audience. Young people (from the ages of five upwards) will attend schools which use whiteboards, wall displays and projectors to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and counting, making it a technique they will be used to, and respond to.

Auditory Learning

Auditory learners prefer to hear things explained to them. The children that sit attentively during explanations and who tend to recall your Q and A answers later in a session are usually predominantly auditory learners. Sometimes these players aren’t looking directly at you when you talk but they are concentrating on your words.

Auditory learners also like to have information given to them in a structured, almost linear fashion, in which progression and development comes in a natural order. These players might also prefer to verbalise their points as opposed to showing them to you.

As a coach, accommodating Auditory learners is a case of making sure what you are saying to them is clear and well organised. Delivering a session by explaining the set up, structure and rules will make understanding for Auditory learners much easier, and allowing them to run back the session to you verbally will help them consolidate their own understanding.

When dealing with Auditory learners, think about the language and terminology you are using. Asking a seven year old to “push out” is much less effective than asking them to “move forwards”. Using a hundred words to explain something you could have done using ten only confuses players.

Read – Write Learning

Read – Write learners prefer to deal in text as opposed to other means of information, and this includes answering questions by writing as opposed to verbally or by doing. They work well using key words or lists, and learn by silently reading to themselves to take in information.

As a coach Read-Write learners are very difficult to provide content for as, ultimately, football is a physical activity that requires practical involvement. Having the ability to recall the name of a move or trick is not as beneficial as being able to perform the trick, and therefore Read-Write learners will usually have to adapt to one of the other learning styles when it comes to being coached.

However providing challenges on written cards, referring players to websites that can help consolidate their learning, and providing whiteboards and flipcharts with key information at training will engage Read – Write learners. This is something that can be built upon more and more as tactics are introduced in their early teens.

Kinaesthetic Learning

Kinaesthetic learners, by their very nature, learn by doing. They like to solve problems for themselves, take a hands on approach and would rather learn through trial and error than be told what is right and what is wrong.

A characteristic of some Kinaesthetic learners is that they talk slowly and, when asked a question, will take longer to provide a definitive verbal answer. Indeed, a prevalence of kinaesthetic learners in the elite game may account for the monosyllabic responses many footballers provide in post-match interviews.

As a coach, getting Kinaesthetic learners with a ball at their feet as soon as possible is the key. Ask questions in which the answer is a physical action is also an ideal way of engaging this kind of learner; for example, “how can you get past that defender?” or “can you show me a way of performing a trick using both feet?”

Dedicating aspects of a practice to simply letting players have a go and working things out for themselves is also key when dealing with Kinaesthetic learners. This also allows you to see which players is not picking up certain techniques or methods.

If you have a young child, or have ever seen one in their home environment, many of the skills they learn will be developed through Kinaesthetic learning. Verbally explaining how to walk or showing a diagram isn’t going to help a one year old to stand up and put one foot in front of the other. They have to crawl, stumble and toddle about until they eventually pick it up.

Because bad habits can be established by constantly using incorrect technique, it’s important for coaches to identify poor technique early. But it’s also crucial that coaches give young players chances to work things out for themselves and gradually shape their technique.

VARK in Practice

As a coach, take a look back at your last session and think about how you delivered the information to the participants.

If you have a session coming up in the next few days, think about how you may incorporate one or two new techniques in to cater for all learning styles. If possible, try and identify the predominant learning styles of one of your better players, and one of your weaker ones. See if by changing the way that you deliver information to that weaker player, you see a change in how they perform in training. You will be surprised by how often a simple change in the style information is delivered changes the resulting actions.

How do you accommodate different learning styles in your coaching sessions? Let us know in the comments below…

Coaching Session #014 : Counter Attacking U12-U16

Primary Aims & Objectives

This coaching session gives player lots of opportunities to experiment in overloaded situations. Players will develop strategies to isolate defenders and beat them with clever dribbling and passing combinations.

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Arrival Activity

2v1 Passing Moving Warmup DrillOrganisation

Split a large square into four quarters.

Play 2v1 in each area.

If a defender wins the ball they, and all their teammates, swap places with the dispossessed team.

If you have uneven numbers play 2v2 or 3v2 in some areas.

Differentiation

Move players in to areas where they will have a good mix of success and struggle.

Move central cones to make areas different sizes and shapes. Restrict space for strong players and give more time to struggling players.

3v3 Counter Attacking Game

3v3 3v2 2v1 Passing Moving GameOrganisation

Split the area into two long narrow pitches. Place small goals on each end-line.

Play 3v3 on each pitch.

Teams must always have at least 1 player in each half.

If a player gives away the ball they must run around their opponent’s goal before they can re-enter the play.

Play offside.

Differentiation

If needed, give players more overload time by increasing the distance or complexity of the player’s run.

Make it more challenging by moving the sidelines in and reducing the space available.

Make one pitch 2v2 and the other pitch 4v4. You might also move the cones to make uneven pitches.

If you have uneven numbers you can introduce a floating attacker who can move across both pitches to create overloads for the attacking team.

To progress the practice you might combine the pitches and play 6v6 to two goals.

6v6 Overload Game

6v6 Overload Passing Moving GameOrganisation

Remove the cones from the middle and add large goals to the end-lines.

Play 6v6 with goalkeepers.

Play offside.

Progression

Add obstacles or challenges behind each goal,for example add a slalom or hurdles and some small goals.

If a player is dispossessed or puts the ball out of play (except to score) they must complete the challenge before re-entering the pitch.

Keep the challenges fun and don’t be too strict on a perfect completion. The focus of the game should remain creating and taking advantage of overloads.

Differentiation

Give players a loose formation to work within.

Position stronger players in more congested of the pitch where they will have to make quicker decisions.

Encourage less confident players to use the space in wide areas to create overloads.

Develop Your Environment

Keep practices competitive from the start of your session to encourage players to arrive on time.

Making practices challenging will also encourage players to work at a realistic intensity.

Develop Your Practice

When a key outcome of the session is decision-making it is best to keep the early practices simple. This allows players to concentrate on the football decisions and not worry about the layout or rules.

You can increase complexity later to challenge players.

Develop Your Players

In 2v1 situations there aren’t any ideal or incorrect techniques or strategies.

In fact variety and creativity are key, as smart defenders will still win the ball if the attackers are predictable.

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Technical Outcomes

Execute a range of 2v1 strategies effectively.

Use overlaps, wall passes and crossovers to beat isolated defenders.
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Physical Outcomes

Be quick to create and exploit overload situations.

Make strong recovery runs to reduce risk of overloads.
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Psychological Outcomes

Identify overload opportunities anywhere on the field.

Make decisions quickly to take advantage of overloads.
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Social
Outcomes

Communicate strategies to teammates clearly.

Be creative and share ideas with teammates.
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Coaching Session #013 : Counter Attacking U6-U11

Primary Aims & Objectives

This soccer coaching session introduces overloads to young players and gives them lots of decisions to make about when to pass and when to dribble. Players also have lots of chances to score some great goals.

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Arrival Activity

Passing and Moving Warmup DrillOrganisation

Split a large square into four quarters. Place some large goals close to the area for the next practice.

As players arrive split them across the areas and give each group a different colour bib.

Leave a couple of balls in each area and let players either pass between themselves or dribble around inside their quarter.

Differentiation

You can use command-style coaching to direct your players through some basic ball manipulation skills.

You can also give players a simple challenge (such as “can you move the ball to your partner with your first touch?”) and let them experiment.

2v1 Attacking Circuit

2v1 Attacking Circuit DrillOrganisation

Split the area into two long narrow pitches. Place a large goal at the top of each channel.

Two teams attack, one team defends and one team plays in goal.

Play 2v1 in each channel.

After each attempt the attacking team play again in the opposite channel.

If the defending team win the ball on either pitch they swap places with the attacking team they dispossessed.

Change goalkeepers every few minutes, or if a goalkeeper catches a shot.

Differentiation

Use the markers to restrict the area the defender can operate in. For example, the defender can only tackle in the middle two ‘boxes’.

Use the markers to restrict the areas attackers can operate in. For example, attackers must shoot before the third marker or start from the second marker.

Play offside (if your team play it in matches)

Numbers

If you have more than 8 players simply create additional pairs and have them take turns attacking.

If you have enough for 4 more groups then set-up another pitch.

4v4 Non-Stop Game

4v4 Non Stop Small Sided GameOrganisation

Move the goals to the middle of the end-lines and move the markers to create a halfway line.

Play 4v4 with goalkeepers.

Place a number of balls around the edge of the pitch. If the ball goes out of play immediately play another ball in.

Play offside (if your team play it in matches).

Differentiation

The player who puts the ball out of play must go and collect it.

Whilst that player is off the pitch their opponents can dribble any ball in from the sideline and play on.

Rotate goalkeepers every few minutes.

Award a bonus goal if a team completes 3 wall passes or overlap runs.

Let players experiment.

Numbers

You can use the same set-up to play up to 6v6 (even if that means unequal teams).

If you have more than 12 players set-up 2 pitches and play 3v3 (no GKs) / 3v4 / 4v4 etc.

Develop Your Environment

Using a range of coaching styles is important to engage every member of your group.

It’s okay to use command- style coaching early in the session to get players organised quickly.

But also use guided discovery or Q&A to give players more profound understanding.

Develop Your Practice

Whenever you coach an attacking topic, try to use realistic goals at some point in the session.

Players benefit from seeing how some movements or decisions are more likely to lead directly to a goalscoring chance than others.

Develop Your Players

Players should be confident of beating defenders and taking shots on goals.

Challenge attackers to be brave and dribble at their opponent, or to be clever and set-up a chance for their teammate.

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Technical Outcomes

Develop dribbling, passing and control under realistic game pressure.

Introduce wall passes, overlaps and crossover runs.
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Physical Outcomes

Be quick to create and exploit 2v1 situations.

Make strong recovery runs to reduce risk of overloads.
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Psychological Outcomes

Be confident and brave going in to attacking situations.

Make clever decisions; when to pass and when to dribble.
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Social
Outcomes

Develop strategies with teammates and share ideas.

Communicate clearly with teammates when passing.
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Joe Hart Talks Specialisation and Goalkeeper Coaching

England and Manchester City Goalkeeper Joe Hart recently sat down with Better Football Editor Pavl Williams to talk about growing up as a Goalkeeper, the training ‘keepers enjoy and how outfield players treat their stopper teammates.

Pavl Williams : “How much specialist goalkeeper training did you receive growing up?”

Joe Hart : “At my first Sunday league club I got a little bit. Luckily the guy who ran the team was a goalkeeper so he took that part quite seriously, but there’s only so much specific goalkeeper training you can do.

“When I was involved at Shrewsbury Town I had [goalie training] once a week but other than that we just played football and played for the love of it rather than trying to be the best.”

PW : “So did you know early on that you wanted to specialise as a goalkeeper?”

JH : “No not at all, I played everywhere!

“When you’re a kid you just want to play football whether you’re in goal or you’re outfield. I just played for the love of it with no pressure, no nothing, and just tried to enjoy the game wherever I played.”

PW : “When did you specialise and really concentrate solely on playing in goal?”

JH : “I think it was around 14 [years old]. I was always playing but when I was 14 I got involved with my local club at Shrewsbury Town and I was in goal from then on. But even then I still played outfield until I was 16 for my school.

“You know what it’s like, when you’re young you play for ten different teams so you can mix it up!”

PW : “Which practices do you particularly enjoy as a goalkeeper?”

JH : “I enjoy it all. As a pro we’re lucky enough to have the best coaches and best players around so everything is a challenge day in and day out.

“Obviously goalkeeper training can be a bit repetitive and can get a bit boring but at the same time if you you’re always trying to get better you’ve got to constantly be working on different things.”

PW : “So do goalkeepers have to have a different mindset to outfield players on the training field? Is your routine more structured than theirs?”

JH : “Haha yea! There’s no understanding, you know [outfield players] don’t really understand what we do!

“I think we know more or less what they’re trying to do but there’s no love for the goalies.

“We don’t care though, we know what we’re there to do and what our job is and we just have to get on with it. The differences are a big part of football and part of the fun of it.”

PW : “Do you hate any practice where strikers line up and bombard your goal with shots as much as all grassroots goalies do?”

JH : “Yes! When it’s just totally unorganised and you’re just getting peppered is the worst thing!

“I can be a bit childish but I’ve just walked out of those ones in the past. The gloves come off! I’m not interested in that one little bit!”

Better Football spoke to Joe Hart at the opening of a clubhouse in Manchester that was part-funded by The Football Foundation. Visit http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk for more information about their vital investment in grassroots football facilities.

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Make 2012 The Year of Coaching

2012 is a huge year for professional sport. We’ll see an English Olympic Games, the long-awaited opening of St George’s Park in Burton and England’s new generation take on the best of Europe in Ukraine and Poland.

But there’s a revolution brewing at grassroots level too.

Coaching Family on TwitterThanks to great independent blogs, the #coachingfamily on twitter and those generous junior football coaches dedicated to spreading great practice, as 2012 dawns we stand on the cusp of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the culture of coaching football in our country.

That’s why our new year’s resolution is to make 2012 the Year of Coaching.

The Year of Coaching

We want to make 2012 the year that coaching (at all levels) gets the recognition it deserves. That’s why we’re asking you to join us in our mission and commit to being a better football coach in 2012.

To help achieve this lofty goal we’ve decided to make our Better Football Pro membership – and the best quality coaching sessions around – available to a lot more people. We’ve also partnered up with The Coaching Manual to bring members the best quality coaching videos available too. Here’s a sample video:

The Coaching Manual’s tagline is “Get The Knowledge. Pass It On.” This fits neatly with our mission statement at Better Football where we believe that the key to better players and better fun is better coaching. Importantly*, The Coaching Manual also emphasises ball mastery, advocates age-appropriate game-based coaching and has a real commitment to improving the grassroots game.

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With our combined resources we can offer grassroots coaches instant access to a library of age-appropriate, game-based practices in amazing quality HD video and attractive, easy-to-use and printable PDF session plans. Each month we’ll release more themed session ideas so you can either follow our recommended season plans or pick out individual practices or sessions as you need them.

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But as well as a great collection of ‘what to coach’ ideas, our articles, interviews, useful links and in-service coaching events will help you develop the crucial ‘how to coach’ skills that make great all-round coaches stand out from the pack.

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