Focus is important when soccer training drills are being planned. As a soccer trainer, you have the responsibility of including drills that will develop specific players’ skills and team skills during the practice sessions.
If you make your players repeat the same drills day after day, they are soon going to get bored with practice, which is something you cannot afford. Soccer motivation is an essential factor.
It is true that your players must practice a particular skill that needs developing, but what you could do is give them a variety of activities that will help them develop a particular skill, guaranteeing that they are kept lively and happy during practice.
- Practice Makes Perfect, But Variety Keeps It Fun
It is very easy to be repetitive with a youth soccer drill or activity. It takes committed effort on the coach’s part to be prepared with an organized plan so that he can handle any situation that may develop. Suppose only fifteen out of your group of 25 turn up, you should be able to handle it with ease.
A major part of handling soccer training is the planning part, but it is well worth the effort as you will never be short of activities to give your players and they will never experience boredom.
- Having An Alternate Plan
The worst thing a coach can do is to feel confident that his practice session will go well without any planning. Invariably these sessions turn out to be disorganized with the players going away dissatisfied and without direction.
There are coaches who do have a plan and just hope that things will go well, but if they do not, they are lost without a back up plan. This also happens during soccer tryouts. The best coach is the one who has a contingency plan in addition to his main plan, so that in case of any change, he can easily switch to a different routine and keep his players just as interested in the practice session.
You must always make sure that you tell your players the purpose of the drill, as it makes your players work at it more enthusiastically.
While running soccer training drills, preferably show them how to perform it and invite them to each try it before they practice it so that you can correct them if need be. During practice, you can evaluate their playing so that any further action that needs to be taken can be planned.