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I’m into the flow of Futsal practices and games at this point. My teams are training less during the week but the weekends are crazing because most of my teams are split into two teams for the league. This gives them more playing time but that means more games for me. It’s worth it though.
The teams are all progressing nicely. I have a slightly different focus with each team. With the younger teams we’re talking a lot about using the skills that are more common in Futsal. That means a lot of work with the sole of the foot. The older teams are doing the same skills but we’re spending more of our time focused on passing and moving to create openings and passing options.
They’ve gotten up to speed quickly and I’m very happy with the quality of their play at this point in the season.
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Today’s question comes from Dimi. He’s asking about how to motivate a team during challenging games
”I coach a u12 girls team. It’s early in the season, but it looks like it’s going to be a long one. We’ve been on the receiving end of some heavy defeats and might go the entire season without a point. I praise the players throughout the game and try to point out positives even in bad situations, but the players still look deflated.
When we concede, the only thing I can think to say is “Come on *insert team name* let’s keep at it/keep going/straight back on it” etc, but a lot of their heads go down as they lose confidence. Have you any suggestions on what else to say in this moment? When we’re conceding a lot I don’t want to sound like a broken record.
After our games, the players are extremely disappointed. I keep praising their effort but it has no affect on their mood. Despite me being positive, they’ll know that we aren’t able to compete which must be disheartening. Have you any advice on how to pick them back up after regular set backs?“
Thanks for your question Dimi!
That is a tough situation and I’ve been there. I would suggest setting up some process related goals that are object like: tackles won, passes completed, most passes in a row, shots, etc to move the focus of of the result of the game.
Sometimes I say nothing after we concede a goal. We take the kickoff and I just go back to coaching as I had before. Other times I’ll give suggestions for what to do next time. You have to be careful with that one because you don’t need to call out a player that already realizes that they made a mistake.
It sounds like you’re staying positive and doing the right things.
In this Episode
This week I’m talking to a health care professional about injuries, specifically orthopedic injuries, and how they can be prevented. His hospital has developed a protocol that has shown remarkable effectiveness in reducing the incident of one of the most common soccer injuries.
Here’s a link to the Hospital for Special Surgeries courses – sports-safety.hss.edu
To inquire about a workshop for your coaching staff or team please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a while since I talked about the training I’m doing with my teams so next week I’ll go over everything to do with Futsal training: practices, the way I divide my teams, what game days look like and how I structure player positions and rotations. If there’s something else specific you’d like to know about my approach to Futsal just shoot me an email and I’ll add it to my list.
An idea . . . can your guest contact the United Soccer Coaches organization about presenting session(s) at the annual convention (10,000+ coaches each year) regarding injury prevention methods, i.e., teaching coaches the correct way to teach these things. In addition to the live session, it would also give a good foundation for coaches to move forward and use the online resources.
Good idea Steven!
I have listened to about 100 of your podcasts over the last 8 months. It is interesting to see your progression as a coach over the 215 episodes. I don’t think there is one episode that I listened to as closely as this one. This is so important. Thank you for getting me the information. My play-practice-play will now go: “play-neuro-muscular connection practice – practice- play.
Thanks for listening Nathan.
I’m still trying to decide how I’m going to incorporate movement practice into training. I’m leaning toward adding it at the end so as not to disrupt the PPP session.
I am wondering why sports specialization and year round training was not asked about as possible causes for the rise in injuries. There is plenty of research that says this is a major contributor to the rise in non contact injuries.
That’s a good point. I wish I would have asked that. I’m sure that early specialization and a lack of cross training plays a part in an increased rate of injury.