This article is not intended for professional coaches, whose missions and especially the issues are different from those of volunteer coaches in football clubs in dubai who officiate at the departmental level for seniors or youth.

The coach is a technical leader

Without being an example, the coach must have enough technical and tactical background to advise, guide or train his players. It is often this “knowledge” that gives it its authority and its credit (this is what sociologists call “domination by expertise”).

The coach is a facilitator

His role is to carry out objectives set by him and his players (for example the rise in a higher pool, a minimum number of victories …) without altering the pleasure that will take players on the field. In the associative and amateur world, the victory must not be at the expense of the pleasure of playing, otherwise the victory is only temporary. It is through dialogue with the team that will set up an organization (number of training per week, objectives of the season, working method).

It should not only allow the team to achieve goals in terms of victory, but also ensure a friendly and relaxed working atmosphere, cordial relations with and between players, a desire to progress and a group cohesion . That’s why his method of work can not be completely imposed on the team, but at least “negotiated” with the captain or the players.

The coach is a pedagogue

To win, you have to master several areas of action: individual fundamentals, collective fundamentals, reading the game, the mind, the physical.

It is on these points that the coach has a role to play. It is he who has the keys to learning the basics, it is he who initiates the reading of the game,  who is in charge of the physical preparation (and possibly mental). But the knowledge of fundamentals is not enough to teach, the coach must know how to demonstrate pedagogy, that is to say, he must know the learning mechanisms of a player, put in place strategies learning, build a program and of course demonstrate many qualities (patience, calm, empathic (understanding), etc.

The coach is an emotion manager

It is he who, by a little psychology, acts on the mind, the emotions as well as on the motivation of the players. A coach who dramatizes that is to say who considers only the problems without retaining the good sides of a defeat in particular) contributes to lowering the morale of the troops. He is also responsible during the matches of the emotions of the players. Indeed, to be effective in the field, they must not be too upset or too sleepy, and the coach manages the changes based on these data.

The coach is also the source of calm and serenity during games. It must be less irritated than the players, especially when those are getting upset against an opponent or the referee. It is he who will calm everyone and give each of the technical instructions to improve the situation. Football coaches in Dubai screaming at the players, the referee or even the table gives a negative example and a very bad spirit to the team. In addition, it raises the tension of players who will then get upset, panic, make mistakes and demobilize. In short, it is he who brings the “wisdom” of the group.

The coach is not a player or a friend

Contrary to what we think, the coach is not integrated into the team on a par with the players. He always remains “the coach”. Who has not spent an evening with his players without those who call him “coach”, while between them they are not called “player”. It may be that the coaching function is provided by a player, but this usually results in him losing some of his friend status or, if not, making him a somewhat discredited coach. .

But that’s not really a problem, but every coach needs to know that you can not be both a coach and a buddy at the same time.

Some tips to the coach:

The coach is the representative of the spirit of the team, so he must adopt attitudes in consequence. It is therefore essential that he come to training in sportswear. A denim coach undeniably reflects a negative image of carelessness and non-involvement in the group. Similarly, his punctuality is essential.

The training must have a well-oiled mechanics and routines must be put in place from the beginning (for example players get together before the start of training, drink at certain key moments …). In this way time is better managed and learning optimized.

The coach must clearly articulate goals: what is the purpose of an exercise, what is the purpose of the meeting, what is the goal of the game (because it is not always victory, this may be the number of points scored …), what is the purpose of the season, etc. These objectives are, in the best case, decided with the players and possibly the leadership of the football clubs for kids.