How To Develop Football Players
Youths are impatient to learn but want to be better today than they were yesterday. The reasons behind their ambition varies depending on the player and conditions of the society they live in.
It is the most self fulfilling job to have and by far one of the most difficult: Youth players development.
Certain techniques have to be applied to ‘create’ quality players, here are some tips but in no way do we claim them to be exhaustive.
Patient But Persistent.
Modern day Young players are often difficult characters to deal with and rarely do accept instructions readily or easily as adults do. As a Coach or educator you need to be patient but persistent with them.
Players today are better informed than in the past and they expect their coaches to know everything, have an answer to everything even though you and I know that is not possible.
You owe it to yourself and your players to be informed and have answers ready for questions they will throw at you especially as regards why they are unable to achieve or carry out certain technical gestures or how they can improve. Better to postpone your answer and give yourself time to make a research than to give a dismissing answer like: ‘I don’t know’!
The easiest way to improve a player is by visual examples. You can explain as much as you could to a group of players, but there is always the almost certainty that the understanding of your explanation is digested differently by each player. If you can, show it to the players by executing the gesture as an example for them all to see what you need them to do or are trying to teach!
Creativity & Fun
You must be creative and encourage creativity in your training sessions and each session must be fun for the players to create a good learning environment. When this exists the hunger to be present at training sessions will stimulate improvement!
Realistic Training Sessions
It is not enough to just copy a session taking out of a book or a YouTube video (though they could be helpful if you know what you are doing) but the sessions have to be realistic and with match ‘situation like’ conditions for the players to learn and improve effectively!
Firm But Fair
If you are weak the players will notice, take advantage of it and will not improve as they should. Be firm, friendly and fair.
Constantly tell the players what they are doing right and encourage them to continue by asking them to still aim for better and highlight what they are doing wrong or weak at, not forgetting to not just criticise but propose clear cut solutions!