Every team needs a manager, and every manager needs a team. football coaching is one of the hardest and most stressful professions; however, it can be very rewarding. You may not earn millions like Scolari or Wenger straight away but seeing your team work hard and score a last minute winning penalty is as rewarding as any job gets. It is well worth considering taking courses in football coaching, as it won't just improve your coaching skills, but other key personality skills and characteristics too.
football Coaching requires a diverse array of abilities in order to be successful ranging from man management to making instant on the spot decisions on the field. It also requires lots of preparation pre-match, to make sure you and your team are prepared in the best possible way for their forthcoming match. One key fundamental to football coaching is knowing how to perform drills in training. It is important that coaches set up a whole range of training drills, for example, combination plans, counter-attacking and regaining possession are all key drills among with many others.
For those eager and young football coaches out there, quality training is a must and with this comes qualifications. The official FA football Coaching pathway is as followed: 'FA Level 1', 'FA Level 2', 'UEFA 'B' and lastly 'UEFA 'A'. The four different stages will help you prepare as a life as a coach, and each will help you attain various skills needed in order to become a professional coach. For instance, FA Level 1 Coaching Badge includes practical and theory elements, level two is similar, however, is far more advanced and complex with an 'Observed coaching practice' added in. Thirdly, the 'UEFA B' badge goes back to just theory and practical, but has new sections including 'psychological factors' and 'attitudes and ethics'. Both of these sections are both very apparent in modern day coaching, even though many years ago they may not have been considered.
football coaching is also a job that requires experience. Most of the top managers around the world are usually in their fifties or sixties, with the experience they have gained and their glossy CV attracts owners around the world. So, most football managers are not an instant success as soon as they get their licence. If we use Paul Ince as an example, he was dismissed from the managerial job at Blackburn just months into it due to lack of results. He had never managed in the premiership before, so struggled to turn things around while still building up his contact list as a manager. This really highlights the need of experience at the top level.
football management and coaching is a very hard job, with many different areas in it. It requires patience and a strong personality, to guide you through the tough times. On the other hand, it is extremely rewarding, not only financially but morally as well. A lot of the learning is also 'on the job', meaning classroom lessons become a rare necessity. Experience is also vital along with your qualifications, and it's certainly a sticky ride for all football coaches throughout their careers, from the top level to the 'Grassroots' level. At the end of the day though, whatever you put into being a football coach, you'll get that back, with interest and the amazing skills you pick up while learning.
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