Grassroots Coach Profile

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

  • Child knowledge
    • General aspects of development at different ages
    • Relationship, behavior, communication, and language
  • Pedagogical capacities for teaching and organization
    • Learning methods
    • Organizing a soccer session
    • Organizing a tournament
    • The organization of a festival
  • Basic knowledge of soccer
    • The reduced games
    • Training games
    • Learning technical gestures

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    Baseball: Advantages of variants with fewer players

    An option increasingly used in grassroots football is matches with fewer players and adapted rules. In the Grassroots manual, it is commented that it has been verified 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 the concentration increases 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 more variety of different situations from which children can draw experience and knowledge.

    There are several important statistics on the benefits of reduced soccer compared to eleven player soccer. Between them:

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

    In reduced football, each player:

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

    Depending on abilities and age, game formats without goalkeepers should also be used. During the first few bars, it is important to make sure that it is easy to score goals. This encourages children to shoot on goal and also makes it easier to teach the technique. The most outstanding players have to face a greater difficulty, for this reason we must generate more complex situations for them.

    Introducing a doorman increases this complexity. Small games are perfect to teach goalkeepers the tactical aspect of the game and to make a better reading of the different situations in the game.

    In summary: The increased frequency of decision-making situations helps children learn and have a positive experience, and their active participation in play 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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