Based on the feedback from these players, there are a number of common themes among “Good” coaches.
1. A good soccer coach has Love for the players – good soccer coaches are primarily concerned with the well-being of their players on and off the field. Good coaches desire that their players are successful in life and on the field whether that be with their team or even a competitor.
2. A Good Soccer Coach Knows his or her players – good soccer coaches if unfamiliar with players take the time to get to know them on a level other than athletics. They learn how each player responds to criticism, encouragement, and mistakes. Coaches often need to tailor their communication differently depending on the player. This allows trust to be built among the individual players. This is tricky because a coach does not want to appear to have favorites on the team. Before individual communication, it may be wise to address the team as a whole and discuss the effort to get to know them and the way they best respond to feedback. This does not mean that communication will always be nice, everyone needs to have their “feet held to the fire” so to speak to motivate and to create a sense of urgency.
3. A Good Soccer Coach is a Student of the Game of Soccer – A good soccer coach is always learning more about the game of soccer and the strategy involved in the game. A Good Soccer coach learns from some of the best coaches not only in soccer, but in other sports as well. Great coaches in all sports have many similarities among them.
4. A Good Soccer Coach I willing to listen to and implement his or her players feedback – Many soccer coaches will have very talented soccer players on their team that at times will see the game differently than the coach. The feedback from these players that be instrumental in the outcome of soccer games.
5. Professional Soccer is a different story, but in the amateur ranks, soccer coaches should be concerned more with the development of their players above winning the game. This is especially true with younger soccer teams. All players especially at a young age need to be given the opportunity to play as well as to play in all of the positions on the field. This helps them develop a sense of which position they like as well as allowing them to see the soccer game from a striker or forward’s perspective, defender and midfielder perspective, and even a goalie’s perspective.