Why practice is so important …
MALCOLM GLADWELL’S book on success, Outliers, puts forward the theory that you need at least 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to become an expert in anything.
Whether he’s right or not, it’s obvious that those who put in the most work on the football training ground usually get far better results, individually and as a team, than those who turn up with poor preparation.
It’s also important to do the right things when you practice – everything from the warm-up, to how you dress and how the coaches and players work together.
This page is for our academy coaches to share their best tips and ideas so you can incorporate them into your training schedule …
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The game is underway and already you know your gameplan is not working. As the team coach, you’re watching from the sideline, feeling a growing sense of frustration.
During a game, most coaches want to influence how their side performs by calling instructions and advice from the sidelines.
The coach’s half-time talk can often have a huge impact on the outcome of a game, especially if things need changing around. But many coaches, especially those who are still learning the game with junior sides, end up confusing their players.
Given the number of corners your team is likely to defend or take during a game, it’s often surprising to learn that many teams hardly ever practise them at training. Here’s a simple tip to make the most of your session practising corners.
Many teams and players miss a simple opportunity to start the second half of games with an edge over their opponents … by having a brief but important warm-up routine at half-time.
Most players seem to understand the need to hydrate for games and practice sessions. But as coaches we often see players using the wrong fluids or not understanding how the body makes use of them.
Winning the ball in the air depends on good heading technique but you’ve got to be able to leap high enough to reach it first. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a goalkeeper or defender trying to cut out a corner, or a striker with a chance to score the winning goal, getting off the ground requires confidence and practice.