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Developing Your Coaching Philosophy

Think Beyond Tactics When considering a coaching philosophy, many immediately think of tactics, formations, and practice designs. However, a coaching philosophy encompasses much more than just the on-field strategy. It includes the values and beliefs that shape your interactions, relationships, and decision-making processes.

  1. Know What You Stand For Your actions and behaviour should be a reflection of your coaching philosophy. It's essential to determine what truly matters to you. Are you focused on the holistic development of your players, or are you driven by achieving results?

  2. Consider These Questions

  • What are my objectives?

  • What do my players need, and how can I support them?

  • What defines my moral standards and integrity?

  • What would be my personal and team mission statement(s)?

  • What ethical and inclusive principles underpin my coaching philosophy?

  1. Take Responsibility Answering the above questions will help you outline your values, belief system, and mission statement. It is then your responsibility to put these into action, demonstrating that your philosophy is both authentic and robust.

  2. Stay Consistent Your coaching philosophy should not be something you switch on and off. Consistency is key. Ensure that the principles you emphasise during training are also upheld on matchdays.

  3. Communicate Your Philosophy Clearly articulating your coaching philosophy helps in assuming responsibility for your actions. This transparency is beneficial for parents, players, and other coaches, as it sets clear expectations.

  4. Write It Down, Live It Daily Documenting your philosophy can aid in reflecting on your approach. However, to truly impact your team, you need to live by these principles every day. Strive to ensure that those around you understand what you stand for through your actions rather than just your words.

  5. Embrace Adaptation Research indicates that 'expert' coaches understand how various contexts influence their philosophy. Your environment can alter your perspective, whether it's a new committee member or a significant life event. Ensure that your coaching philosophy remains an ever-evolving framework, adaptable to new circumstances. Steve Halls is an FA qualified football coach and football consultant, generally working at grassroots level but hugely passionate about the beautiful game as a whole. Steve works closely with clubs in his local area and offers consultancy services and player representation.


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