Every football coach will tell you the same thing: talent is not enough to win a game of football. Yes, having the best team as a whole, will win you more games than inferior teams. But to go from a good team to an extraordinary team takes something more. That talent needs to be maximized and put in the right position. That is what good coaches do.
Lifelong football sensation and award-winning coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: “If you are not preparing to win, the chances are that you will lose.” Lombardi made it his mission to ensure his players were always training to their optimum potential. He understood that in order for an athlete to succeed, there must be a robust program in place literally. Whether it’s pushing players to the physical limit with intense exercises, or exposing them to new strategies on the field, great coaches know how to take each player’s game to a whole new level.
For the game, we love so much, here is a look at tactics football coaches use to push players beyond their limits and get the most out of their abilities.
1. Choose the right player
It may be tempting to bring in the best players you can find, but when you’re building a team from scratch, it’s better to choose players who are willing to learn, and take on responsibility. That way, even if your initial instincts about them turn out to be off-base for example if you think they can’t run fast enough for soccer or shoot well enough for basketball; you’ll still have a strong foundation and good attitude from which they can grow.
2. Give them freedom, give them responsibility
One of the most common mistakes coaches make is to over-coach. They take decisions away from players, and then complain when they don’t win games. Football is a game of mistakes – you can’t play without making any mistakes. But you need to be able to learn from those errors, and improve as a player or a team. If your coach takes all the responsibility out of your hands, this will never happen! You will end up being afraid of making decisions; because if things go wrong then it’s not your fault – it’s because someone else told you what to do!
A good coach allows their players room for personal expression while at the same time giving them enough guidance so that they have an idea of where they should be going on the pitch at any given time during a match. Coaches who allow their players too much freedom often find themselves in trouble later down the line because these same players end up taking advantage of their generosity by making bad decisions on occasion which leads directly back towards a defeat for everyone involved…
3. Give them attention, make them feel special
The third way to transform players is by giving them attention, and making them feel special.
This may sound like a simple idea, but coaches don’t just need to know how to give attention, they also need to understand what kind of attention works best for each player type. For example, your hardworking, serious athlete might be most motivated by being challenged and pushed harder on the field; in contrast, your laid-back but talented athlete may respond better when given free rein off the field or during downtime at practice (and maybe even during games).
The best way to give any player attention is simply through positive communication—for example: “You’re doing great today!” Or “I’m proud of how hard you’ve been working this week.” This kind of positive feedback will help reinforce good behavior, and encourage your athletes’ development.
4. Give them confidence, make them believe
The most important thing you can do as a coach is to give players confidence. It’s not just about telling them they’re good, it’s about making them believe it.
When people are confident, they do better at their jobs and perform at a higher level. So if you have a bunch of mediocre players, who you think can turn into great ones by giving them confidence, then your job becomes much easier and more effective, not only because the team will be better but also because it’ll be less stressful and frustrating for both you and your players!
5. Allow personality to shine through
Much of the football coach’s role is about molding and shaping players’ personalities so that they fit into the team’s culture. This could mean any number of things, but one thing it does not mean, is being a dictator who demands blind obedience from his or her players at all times. It means letting your players know that they are valued members of a team and helping them feel like they can grow as people while still doing what they do best on the field.
The best coaches understand that there are many different ways to lead, motivate, and inspire others—and most importantly: that everyone has their own unique personality! By encouraging each individual player’s unique characteristics rather than trying to force conformity onto everyone by making all players conform to his/her expectations alone. Football coaches help give them confidence in themselves as well as confidence with their teammates who may have different ideas than their own.”
Now let us take a look at Jürgen Klopp’s leadership style
The way you communicate with your players is very important. The way you make them feel is also very important.
For example, in the case of Jürgen Klopp, he makes his players feel that they are part of the team, and he makes them believe that they can achieve great things together. He has fun with them as well, but at the same time, he commands respect by being a leader who demands excellence, and respect from his players.
The German football coach has made a name for himself as one of the best in the world. He has done so by creating a team that is both talented, and driven by passion. However, he is also known for his ability to turn ordinary players into extraordinary ones.
In fact, Jürgen Klopp has been able to do this with every team he has managed—from Mainz 05 to Borussia Dortmund. With Liverpool, it is no different. He has taken some of the best players in England and turned them into better versions of themselves.
Klopp’s secret to success lies in his ability to motivate each player on a personal level. While there are many factors that go into making a good football team, none are more important than having great players who want nothing more than to win championships for their manager and teammates.
What about Pep Guardiola’s leadership style?
Pep Guardiola is a football coach who analyzes his opponents, looks for weaknesses, and is not afraid to take risks. He wants to play the perfect game every time, no matter what it takes.
For instance, when he was at Barcelona B he decided that there were too many players in midfield so he had them practice without any midfielders – just attacking forwards and defensive backs. This taught them how to move around as a team without being able to pass into midfield. It also helped teach them how important it was for defenders to do their jobs by covering for their teammates so that they could join the attack more often and help score goals.
In his first season at Barcelona senior team, Guardiola inherited a team with a core of exceptional players, who had already won multiple La Liga titles under their former coach Frank Rijkaard. These players included Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, and Deco. However, Guardiola wanted to build a team that would achieve new heights on the pitch by making each player better than they already were: “I was looking for something more than just winning matches; I wanted to create something special.”
Guardiola’s approach involved identifying each player’s strengths and weaknesses and then teaching them how to improve upon them, through repetition and drills. For example, he took Deco aside, and told him that he needed to improve his passing accuracy, if he wanted to stay on the pitch; after several weeks of working on this aspect of Deco’s game in training sessions, Deco became one of Barcelona’s most creative passers on the pitch.
Even in Manchester city, we can see how players like Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and lots of others have improved under his leadership.
Coaches have a big influence on their players’ level of play.
As a coach, you have a big influence on the level of play your players achieve. You can provide guidance, motivation, and knowledge that helps them reach their potential. Your role is to help players develop skills, and knowledge in order for them to perform at their best. In addition, your job is to help them develop self-discipline; this will help keep them focused on what they need to do, while playing football games or practicing their sport.
There are many different types of coaches: youth football coaches: who focus on teaching kids how to play. high school football coaches: who teach teenagers how not just play but also win. college football coaches: who teach young adults how to compete academically while also striving athletically. head coaches: who lead entire teams.
In conclusion, we all know there are several major attributes that separate successful athletes from the average and common jock. Whether it is a high level of persistence, confidence, or relentlessness, there are many skills an athlete must have to reach the next level. These abilities aren’t all that uncommon in high school athletes; however, when coaches take the time to identify a player’s potential and highlight their strengths through constant motivation, incredible things can happen. Coaches can transform ordinary players into extraordinary ones!