Do you have what it takes to be a soccer coach?

An effective soccer coach should not only have an in-depth knowledge of soccer. They should also possess special characteristics that will help them become a more player centred soccer coach who can not only produce winning teams, but facilitate players enjoyment of the game.

Here are some of the requirements of the job:

1 – Become a good role model

Players need to look up to someone they think is worth imitating.

2 – Continue to learn about the sport

Study videos and go to specialized websites to learn new training drills and techniques.

3- Be Patience

This quality is particularly important when coaching youth soccer.

4 -Open Minded.

Be able to accept others ideas

5 – Punctual.

Don’t expect players to be punctual if you cannot. Set the example.

6 – Be a good teacher

Part of your duty is to teach your players the basics like passing, dribbling, shooting and tackling. You have to make sure that your team is learning and growing their skills.

7- Good communicator

Be conscious when using your words because a coach’s words are powerful and will bring a big impact to players and the team. Communication, also includes your body language. Don’t be negative with your body language during training and matches.

8 -Be better prepared

Remember the 5 P’s of coaching: Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance

9- Provide a safe environment

Soccer is a risky game to some extent, but as a person coaching youth soccer you’re responsible for regularly inspecting the practice, game fields, and equipment to ensure they’re in working order.

10 – Offer constructive criticism

Instead of just offering negative criticism, offer specific suggestions and recognize your players’ effort.

For instance, instead of saying, “You didn’t kick the ball properly,” say “That was a great attempt, but next time, try kicking like this,” then show the player the proper technique.

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