The Respect League is a positive environment where children can have fun and enjoy learning to play football free from adult interference and intimidation.
POSITIVE COACHING GUIDE
The aim of junior football coaching is NOT winning every game… it is player and team DEVELOPMENT.
Relax. the score is irrelevant. What matters is that the players gain experience and confidence.
Any coach can shout a stream of instructions to control the players to get a better result or a win… but a GOOD COACH allows players to make their own decisions, make their own mistakes and learn from them.
Experienced, confident players who can think for themselves will win many future games.
The more mistakes, the more they learn. Stopping them making mistakes by shouting instructions stops them learning.
Your tactics or advice to players should be done in training or in the team talk NOT during the game. You can reflect on the game with players afterwards.
So what can you SHOUT during the game?
Well, not much. You shouldn't need to. You should be too busy analysing your players' performance in order to give them accurate and positive feedback. Maybe take notes.
A few times in a match, a good coach might should out:
"Well done (child's name)" if the child has done something they haven't previously done (but not if they do that every week).
"Great effort (child's name)" if the move hasn't come off but you want to encourage them to keep trying.
"Heads up (child/team name)" if they are looking downhearted.
If particular players lack confidence or tend to panic on the ball…
"Make a good decision" helps them to focus but doesn't tell them what to do.
"Relax" might help them to compose themselves before shooting at goal.
If the practiced team shape has gone completely…
"Shape" is a single-word trigger that makes each player remember where they should be
But the loudest thing you should be able to hear is the children themselves. The less you shout, the more space there is for the children to hear themselves think and to hear each other.