Why I want to improve the development of young footballers in England?
July 17, 2010 6 Comments
For a numbers of years now I’ve been moaning and complaining about the quality of football we play at an international level and how, quite clearly, our coaches are getting it wrong at a grassroots level. Without knowing it, this began to irritate me more and more as international tournaments came and went, and England flattered to deceive on every occasion; this is what fuelled my desire to get in to coaching.
I thought it’d be valuable to log what problems I think I’m going to help solve, how I think I’m going to solve them and record my football ethos (as it stands currently) and then be able to come back to this in the future. A reference point if you will, to see if my football and coaching values change over time.
So, what are my beliefs and ethos?
- Young players today need to spend a lot more time developing their technical ability
- Coaches need to find ways to develop the technique of young children and find practical ways to develop skills
- Passing, control and an ability to use both feet are core skills for any player and must be improved at all levels across England / Britain
- The need to develop must be higher than the need to win
- Retaining possession, which often requires a player to pass backwards, should be seen as a positive, not a negative
- The FA’s desire to have children playing Small-Sided-Games (SSGs) must continue, and the senior game must also see more training focussed on these types of sessions.
- We must start developing players who are less rigid in their positions
- Football is a passing game, and teams who pass the ball the best often have the greatest success
- Success on a football pitch is equally about preparation, players and systems – these are the three pillars of success for any team
Those are some of my views and beliefs on the way we currently develop and play the game in England, but I expect these to change. Coaching will provide me with a completely different perspective on the game of football and I expect to be continuously changing my beliefs and ethos as I develop and gain further experience.
Keeping possession of the football has, historically, been seen as a negative way to play the game but more and more teams are showing that possession, at pace, is the most beautiful form of the game and many of the most successful teams in the world are masters of keeping possession – in Britain, we need to change our mentality to align with this fact.