Development first, winning second. How some youth coaches stunt player growth

There are many ways a coach can give themselves a better chance of winning youth football matches, and in my opinion many of those are short-term wins at the expense of long-term player development. In this blog post, I have recognised some of the traits of youth coaches and tried to explain what I believe are the pros and cons of each.

Technique Before Tactics

…Not a bad idea from an inexperienced coach but once again, here we have a group of players who could potentially play for me in the next step in our club – the Youth Academy.  My concern is that very few (if any) of these players understand what good passing and receiving technique looks like.  The basic principles which underline good team play and make the game ‘tolerable’ to watch – is the ability to pass and trap the soccer ball. I worry that none of these players will have the basic skills necessary to survive the next level of development.

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Technique Before Tactics