Soccer Coaching and Psychology

By: Alex Kauffman

SWOT Analysis of a Soccer Team
Before any strategy or intervention is applied, it is important for a coach to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the individual members and the team as a whole. This will serve as a guide as to how to approach them and the kind of professional relationship that should be developed, which area to focus on, and how to teach the required game skills to enhance their performance. The SWOT Analysis also includes the evaluation of opportunities and threats that comes along with the unique dynamics of the team.

Goal-Setting for a Soccer Team
The SWOT evaluation result will then be presented to the team followed by goal-setting. Team goals should be very specific, clear, and understandable because this is the end result of future endeavors, be it on training or actual situations. The individual and team goals provide a common guide for everybody and it also serves as a unifying force to begin with. Goals should be re-evaluated all throughout the season as a form of reinforcement as to why things are being done the way it is.

Game simulation
Physical training and learning new strategies will be in vain if not experienced in an actual game. There is no need to wait for the real match, though, because the players can be subjected to simulated games, making sure that everything is as close to the real thing as possible. The crowd, the palpable tension, real opponents and game plays. A coach can subject his team to informal matches, deliberately setting the stage to ensure that the situation will call for the athletes' gained knowledge and techniques during and as part of the training.

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