So You Want to Be a Better Soccer Coach

So you want to be a better soccer coach.  What is the best to accomplish this?

You could read books on coaching (see
You could watch videos (see
You could watch as many games as possible (see,,13138,00.html)
You could attend seminars or conventions (see
You could attend coaching courses (see

The one method frequently ignored or to observe high level coaches.

It’s been my experience that if you ask many high level coaches for permission to observe their training sessions, most will allow it with no hesitation.  Many will often go much further than that and take the time to sit down with you, answer your questions and help any way they can (within reason).  This is true for club coaches, high school coaches, college coaches and professional coaches.

This is an excellent way to see how others do things.  You can see not only them running a training session but frequently can learn how they set it up, why they chose to do it the way they did and then how they adapt when needed.

I have done this in the past and not only was it a wonderful one time learning opportunity but in a few cases it led to long term coaching friendships.

If you choose to do this, realize there are good times and bad times to set this up.  Right before, or right after a game is NOT the time to approach a coach.  Try giving them a call and setting up a quick meeting to discuss what you are looking to do.  make it at a time that is convenient for them.  Wanting some of their time right before the finals might not work but if you choose a time in the season when it’s a bit slower it increases the chances of the coach saying “yes”.

When you have been given permission to observe a session, do everything you can to stay out of the way.  Unless the coach specifies otherwise, this is NOT the time to ask questions or to make comments.  Wait till the session is over and then ask if it would acceptable to ask a few questions.  As long as they understand you aren’t trying to waste their time, most coaches will take the time to help.

Observing other coaches is a GREAT way to learn the right way (and the wrong way) to coach.  It takes some time but when you consider it to be part of your educational experience, it’s a very inexpensive way to learn.

Just something to think about


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