Base football coach profile

Although a youth soccer coach is not required to be a great expert, the soccer educator must possess certain basic knowledge to carry out his task successfully:

  • Knowledge of the child
    • General aspects of development at different ages
    • Relationship, behavior, communication and language
  • Pedagogical teaching and organizational skills
    • Learning methods
    • Organizing a soccer session
    • The organization of a tournament
    • The organization of a festival
  • Basic knowledge of soccer
    • The reduced games
    • The training games
    • The learning of technical gestures

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Grassroots football: Advantages of variants with fewer players

An increasingly used option in grassroots football are matches with fewer players and adapted rules. In the Grassroots manual, it is mentioned that it has been proven through studies and observations that children enjoy the game more since they have more contact with the ball and the individual incidence of each player in the game is greater.

Another advantage is that concentration is increased because the ball is always close to the player. In addition, fewer players implies more attention to what happens on the field, more roles to be assumed by each player and a greater variety of different situations from which children can gain experience and knowledge.

There are several important statistics about the benefits of reduced football compared to eleven-a-side football. Between them:

  • On average, players touch the ball 5 times more often in 4-a-side football, and 50% more in 7-a-side football.
  • One-on-one situations occur three times more often in 4-a-side football, and twice as often in 7-a-side football.
  • A goal is scored every two minutes in football 4, and every four minutes in football 7.
  • Goalkeepers act two to four times more frequently in soccer 7 than in soccer 11.
  • The ball is not in play 8% of the time in football 4, 14% in football 7, and 34% in football 11.

In reduced football, each player:

  • Play all the time
  • Get the ball often
  • Try to dial all the time
  • You are free to play
  • It is always encouraged by the educator
  • He is supported by his parents and educators

Depending on abilities and age, game formats without goalkeepers should also be used. During the early stages, it is important to make sure that it is easy to score goals. This encourages children to shoot at goal and also facilitates the teaching of the technique. The most outstanding players must be faced with greater difficulty, so we must generate more complex situations for them.

The introduction of a goalkeeper increases this complexity. Small-sided games are perfect for teaching goalkeepers the tactical aspect of the game and to get a better read of the different situations in the game.

In summary: More frequent decision-making situations help children to learn and have a positive experience, and their active participation in the game increases their pleasure in playing. In this way, the game becomes easier to understand and, above all, children have fun and enjoy more freedom of expression with the ball at their feet.

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