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  1. Trent says:


    Can I have Dean email address so I can email him a question.

  2. John Taylor says:

    Totally agree. Shouting instructions or criticism from coaches and parents is pointless. It seems to me that the way you are communicating with parents is the key here. I recently wrote a short blog about the same issue from a parent’s perspective: Link below:

  3. woody says:

    Imagination = Creativity just let them play!
    I coach 2 u7’s and 1 u8 team, 2 of my 3 boys play at u7 and u8 and my 3rd plays u10 all for the same club. I’ve had some major issues at my club trying to convince people that kids when playing football don’t need to be filled with instruction when they are on the pitch or in training they should be given the freedom to make there own decisions we are just there to guide them in the right direction, create a FUN,ENCOURAGING,RELAXED environment for the boys/girls to feel free to express themselves in with no negativity or fear of doing something wrong, if someone makes a mistake I encourage them for trying,having a go as I know next time they will try again and its my responsibility to guide them and show them the right techniques and method, not control them. I have had all the teams for 2 years now and 2 are very strong teams but this is irrelevant to me as there is zero emphasis on winning and losing all the emphasis at the moment is on the boys using there feet and working together as a team, this I had to educate the parents on. Feedback from the parents is fantastic now and they are suddenly seeing there 6/7/8 year old children having a real positive passion for football and doing things with a football at such an early age some of the parents cant do. I did get the nickname the ‘pied piper’ from some parents due to the fact kids seemed to be coming from everywhere and before I knew it there were 50 kids, hence there is now 4 teams which is fantastic albeit I cant be involved in one as me and a coach don’t see eye to eye on anything, needless to say this is someone who paces up and down the line berating the kids as they are not doing what he says as he’s trying to play the game for them. There seems to be a major flaw in the coaching courses we have in this country as we don’t emphasise how important at an early age technique and ball manipulation is in any course I’ve been on, alot of it seemed to be geared towards how to teach the child which puts the emphasis on a coach telling the child what to do,when and how hence taking the childs imagination,creativity and expression away and replacing it with structured passing games and movement, i didn’t want the boys to pass it as I figured they couldn’t learn if they havnt got the ball 😊 The four corners seems like a huge step forward and the youth modules are really good. To me every coach has all the information they allready need in there own heads if you’ve played football or watched it growing up, just remember what you liked as a child playing football and what you really didn’t enjoy and remember how much you enjoyed playing with your mates in the park or when your parents joined in. Sport is fun for kids but we seem to have got lost along the way and think they should play like an adult 😊 The friendships and support network is such a big confidence boost for the kids going through school which is really emphasised in the social corner. We need to let our children have fun as I know when I got told to hit a player hard at the beginning of a match so he knew I was there, it didn’t only put him off his game but me aswel as I just wanted to play football not kick and I can say I never did hit a player hard as I was diddy and it would of hurt me more everytime😊

  4. Jamie Ingram says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Players need to decide for themselves.

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  6. Victor Tetreault says:

    As a soccer referee, I could not agree more with this article. It is amazing at all the “coaching” I hear during the game. It really frustrates the players and takes the fun out of the game for the kids.

  7. El Chos says:

    The shouting from the sides it is something very difficult to avoid as we humans get excited and love to do it. I prefer teaching the players to concentrate on the pitch and learn to ignore what is happening on the sides. This allows the players to develop the habit of focusing on the match and take their own decisions when playing despite parents and fans are yelling.

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