Encouragement and motivation are key.
Make sure the trainer and only one other person are talking. Team conversations during the break should be short. The team should sit down, calm down, have a drink and say one or two main points they can take. Praise them for what they do well. Then indicate what they are doing wrong and how to fix it. This is the central point of a part-time conversation. Use your whole body, not just your lips. A positive attitude towards the body is crucial. ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE!
Praise them right away
Choose one or two things that they did very well before you remind them of things they didn’t do. Don’t step on their backs, but give them something to think about. ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE!
Play your game
So you lose 2-0 on the page you should beat. All players talk about a tall kid who is constantly pushing. Skillful boy on the wing worries your defender ……
Silence them, tell them to forget about the opposition and focus on what they do best every week. Note that if they continue to pass the ball, shielding it, throwing it, the chances will come and return to play.
Remind your players to enjoy the ball, only half the match left. Tell them to “play your game”, which will strengthen the confidence and teamwork that your coaching has developed. ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE, ENCOURAGE!
Stroke and weather conditions: solve problems during the break
Problem: Rain – wet field
Solution: A wet ball means faster movement. Tell your team to simplify the pass and not put too much weight on one leg. Goalkeepers and defenders must clear their lines to contact them.
Problem: Wind blowing in their faces
Solution: Tell your players to keep the ball low and walk to their feet. Tell them that long bullets against the wind don’t work. Your goalkeeper must kick aside – make sure he knows it. If your team played with the wind behind them in the first half, beware of complacency, because the other team will be ready to fight the wind.
Problem: long grass
Solution: The ball will stick, so players must keep their pass precision. The kick from the goal kicks will be poor, so be aware of it and be the first.
Tips to give right before returning to the pitch: Choose one or two points
- Remind players to be aware of their surroundings.
- Predict where the ball is heading.
- Be aware of the position of team members.
- Close and mark opposition players.
- Tell dribblers to dribble and shooters to shoot.
- Encourage your goalkeeper, don’t criticize – leave it for later.
Make your speech clear and effective. Do not include all the points listed here, but make two or three points that you want to pass. Don’t be tempted “and one more thing” …