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Right guys I've been an avid commenter on these forums for a while now and like to think my knowledge of football and tactics is decent enough. My partners lads football teams coach has resigned and they want ne to take over. Its under 10s now obviously be moving up an age group. Its 7 a side they are in brilliant shape top of the league won it I think last week.

I was just wondering if there are any other coaches on the forum and if I could tap then for advice because I am nervous as **** lol

One thing I an changing for sure is goal kicks they just hoof it putting a stop to that. Also the secretary wants me to give the less gifted players more game time which I have no problen with and also my step son is in the team so I have that to juggle too.

Any advice is welcome I do my level one in 2 weeks time so that will help but for the length of time your on the course you can only learn so much so any comment or advice is welcome

Thanks in advance
 
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Try and help develop their technical skills, not just work on fitness no end which is how I was trained as a kid, and I ******* hated it. Obviously fitness is a big part of the game, but it shouldn't be the main factor.
 
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Try and help develop their technical skills, not just work on fitness no end which is how I was trained as a kid, and I ******* hated it. Obviously fitness is a big part of the game, but it shouldn't be the main factor.
Ive been trying to think of ways I can incorporate fitness into ball skills like pass and move etc I agree I used to hate fitness drills through the summer it was awful
 
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Ive been trying to think of ways I can incorporate fitness into ball skills like pass and move etc I agree I used to hate fitness drills through the summer it was awful
Just make sure they have fun and enjoy it. When you're that age, you will lose interest quickly if you don't enjoy what you are doing. :)
 
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so yeah the coach was supposed to stay in charge till the end of the season on sunday but he has thrown an epic hissy fit and has left the lads high and dry so guess what just got a phone call off the club secretary and i'm in charge tonight and for the final game.

SO if anyone has any ideas of something i can do with the lads that would be great, probably do some 3 on 3 keep ball and a friend who used to be coach said get them doing keepy upy it develops the calf muscles which seems reasonable. Also got a friend coming down who played for hull city youth team and now plays for brid town coming to do some tricks in a few weeks or so (seriously the kid can cathc the ball on his neck keep it balanced there and take his t-shirt off seriously no fecking need at all.)

but need some ideas for tonight seeing as i have had it just sprung upon me. 3 on 3 keep ball and some kind of match was thinking maybe some unopposed positional stuff but maybe a bit young to do that i'm not sure any ideas welcome or if you guys know any youtube links or website i can look at before i go would be muchly appreciated
 
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good luck mate, rushing out of office now, but tell them to enjoy themselves and have fun :)

oh and pass the ball to the best player in the team :p
 
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good luck mate, rushing out of office now, but tell them to enjoy themselves and have fun :)

oh and pass the ball to the best player in the team :p
I was thinking maybe recreate might and magic with 9 year olds lol
 
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Work out what positions each kid likes playing, then run some attack/defending drills to see who's the best in each area and then go from there. Maybe work on movement and intelligence, get them thinking about how they are playing, tell them to think of their favourite player, try and make similar movements to them (hopefully no one picks John Parkin or anything.. hah!), get them thinking like footballers. :)

Last game of the season, no point tiring them out. Just use the game as a scouting tool for next season, training is always good but players will normally react differently to a match situation.
 
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My friend coaches u12 so around the same age and uses a site like this one: soccer games and drills by age group (don't know why they call it soccer) it has load of drill and like others have said work on their technical aspect more than anything.

Good luck
 
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Thanks guys I'll give these a go should be fun either way nervousand excited all at once. I'm gunna try and incorporate passing and technique as much as I can. This first game I was just gunna use as a scouting tool like you suggest dunc. I just wanna grt them out of kicking long as much because the little guys who aint as good will never catch up. The secretary has got some summer tournament's to enter too so it's really exciting I'll let you all know how it goes after the weekend thanks again guys.
 
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Take a look into Coerver Coaching.
Seems to get highly reccommended ;)

And there was a Mourinho dvd that's a must watch too... no idea the what or where to find it, was a random link on TheWorldGame webby ages ago.
 
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One thing I remember from my days of playing in the junior age groups was that kids like to chase the ball. All 6 outfield players could well chase the same ball, like moths to a flame. Might not be the case with your team, but the teams I was part of and the teams I played against it was prevalent. Make sure you encourage positional awareness and hammer home the importance of the team's shape!

However don't get too complicated with it all. Make sure they have a good time, encourage passing and moving. Try and ensure that the players aren't stationary. Also identify your captain early, the lad that the others look to, and make sure he knows his role and the importance of it.

As for drills, make it close quarters passing/dribbling. Fast paced games of piggy in the middle and king of the ring, should increase stamina and technique in equal measure. Also devote a bit of time to the goalie, because let me tell you at junior level that is a terrifying position to play. Just warm him up with shots low and high, make sure he is relaxed.

Also at such a young age, if you see any arguing/disagreement/bullying nip it in the bud immediately. The last thing you want is for a young lad to have a bad experience when he is 10 or 11 and not want to continue football into his teens at secondary school level.

Keep us updated with your progress with the team, would like to know the score from your first game! Haha you should turn it into a manager story!! lol ;)
 
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OMG is all I have to say, I'll give a bit of background first. this team has got to the top of the league in group 4 of 4 and will probably get promoted 1 maybe 2 groups. they have done this by playing percentages kicking it long or down the channel and getting the bits and pieces. I want to change that because it epitomizes everything that is wrong with the youth game in England (and stupid ******* parents to which I will get too)

one of the other dads usually helps out on a match day, so I said I would take the first game and he could take the second since I knew about 4 kids names. So first game I stuck with the team the original coach plays 1-0 to us at half time the thing was this team we was playing had been well drilled in defending and I could see the lads had ran out of ideas. But half time I had to bring on the 3 subs so I brought on the 3 "less gifted players" which tbf they will never get better if you don't play them and to me it would make more sense if you started a couple of these in a stronger team then brought on the better players as subs would be better for everyone. also FA rules stipulate that every child gets an equal chance on the pitch.

I decided I wanted to take a look at a few of the kids in different positions too because I don't think at nine years old you have your position set in stone I mean ahsley cole was a striker till he was what 15 or something ffs. long story short we drew 2-2 however apparently among the parents this wasn't good enough and I didn't know what I was doing even though it was my first game and I've had no form of training and was quite clearly winging it.

the other guy takes the second game and we lost 2-1 we was beaten comprehensively in all departments tbh. but the best was yet to come, whilst taking the goals down one of the parents came across and started trying to debate tactics with me bearing in mind she is a 60 something elderly lady who apart from watching her grandson play football knows nothing else about it. apparently and I quote " I don't rate you as a coach dale you are ****" in front of all the kids. so I try and defuse it best I can apparently we should've won today to win the league is all they keep saying to which I reply if we came second its because we deserve to come second and nothing else we cannot steamroller everyone all of the time. then they tried to tell me that they had won every game since xmas which was a lie because they have drawn one and lost one. I kept trying to remind her that it was a kids under 9s and that nobody had died.

then another dad came across telling me how his son had been a sub at another team and never played and that I shouldn't have taken him off to which I replyed so its ok that your son played all game every game but the other kids shouldn't get a game I asked him to leave me alone before I really start to lose my temper but he wouldn't tried to tell me that he has been a teacher for 30 years and knows how to deal with kids so I asked why hadn't he taken over as coach he responded he couldn't. I told him the bottom line was if I didn't coach the lads the team folds because no one wants to do it. and he can either work with me or we can all carry on like this every week and (I DIDN'T SWEAR AT EITHER WAS REAL PROUD ;) )

So that was a reyt laugh I feel like in don't want to go back but I won't let them beat me that easy i'm going to show them the fa rules on spectating and if they don't start behaving like ******* adults i'll report them myself and get them banned its a kids under 9s and people need to start acting like it its not the end of the world. also I don't think these people realise how stubborn I am I will drop their lad to the bench if they don't improve their conduct because even when the match is on its disgraceful as you can imagine.

also on another note in training one of the lads asked me for a chance in goal on sunday to which I said of course you can then when it came to it he daren't go in goal because of the parents trying to hammer it home about we have to win to win the league and I thought that was quite sad and it upset me a bit knowing a nine year old child felt like that. and that says a real lot about the state of kids football
 
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Wow. I'm astounded by that. Kids football should be about fun more than winning. Hopefully you find the right balance. Some parents are like that, I've witnessed it, not at all pretty. Just keep going my man, chin up!
 
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Wow. I'm astounded by that. Kids football should be about fun more than winning. Hopefully you find the right balance. Some parents are like that, I've witnessed it, not at all pretty. Just keep going my man, chin up!
thanks man i'm gunna just keep plodding and stick to my guns its about the kids and I think people need reminding of that
 
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Sounds like you guys need to take a leaf out of the Australian Hockey handbook... that's atrocious behavior at you and the kids.
It's all about the kids and their fulfilment.
We can send such people from the grounds, we can inform them they aren't welcome to be at the matches and enforce it.
And for me the best part is all local clubs are for it and are happy to enforce it.

From Minky (<U10s basically) everyone has to play everywhere. No GKs until after U13s (Which I'm not sure is quite gonna work out for the best)
 
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Sounds like you guys need to take a leaf out of the Australian Hockey handbook... that's atrocious behavior at you and the kids.
It's all about the kids and their fulfilment.
We can send such people from the grounds, we can inform them they aren't welcome to be at the matches and enforce it.
And for me the best part is all local clubs are for it and are happy to enforce it.

From Minky (<U10s basically) everyone has to play everywhere. No GKs until after U13s (Which I'm not sure is quite gonna work out for the best)
Yeah I spoke to the club secretary and I have just got a load of info on the fa code of conduct and its pretty much the same thing I'm gunna have a meeting with them and if it persists I'll contact the fa and they can ban them from all games if need be wish I knew this on sunday though. It'll be reet I'm a bit wound up about it all still but I'm a tough cookie taken on bigger and uglier than these village idiots thanks for the info though
 
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Had a three week break try and let the dust settle first training session today hope I don't have a mutiny on my hands. Might be time for some mourinho seige mentality haha
 
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How's it been?
Yeah went well trying to get them to pressand pass more without getting tactical just using games to get them to do it. No parents came to training exceptfor one so was a bonus. Got the AGM in a week or so so I will come face to face with them all then. I'm going to try and play thr bigger person and say what happened is water under the bridge but that I am not going to stand for it and remind them of the FA code of conduct so we will see how that goes down.
 
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