Have you ever wondered how to become a youth football coach? If so, you’re not alone! Coaching kids is an incredibly rewarding activity, but it’s also important to know all the steps involved in becoming one before jumping in headfirst. This guide will help you understand the process, so you can start leading your own teams today!
Planning on Becoming a Youth Football Coach?
Often coaches at youth level are Mums, Dads, Aunts & Uncles with a passion for football and a willingness to share their love of the game with the next generation. However this needn’t be the case, if you’re thinking about becoming a youth football coach, it can be incredibly rewarding and even unlock potential career opportunities, but there are a few things you need consider first.
Understanding the Rules of the Game
In order to coach football, you must first understand the rules of the game. The rules of football can be complex, but there are loads of resources available to help you from the FA to learn learn them. Once you understand the rules, you can begin teaching them to your players.
Most passionate coaches at youth level have been playing or watching football for years – but this alone doesn’t qualify them with any ability to coach, so dont worry if you get confused by formations or dont underside the offside trap fully!
Get your FA coaching badge
The first step to becoming a youth football coach is to obtain your FA coaching badge. This can be done by attending an FA coaching course, which will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to coach football. Once you have obtained your badge, you will be able to register as a coach with the FA.
In order to become a youth football coach, you must first obtain your FA coaching badge by attending an FA coaching course. This course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to coach football. It is often attended with lots of other people in the same position as you, so its an excellent opporunity to meet likeminded people and share your experience.
Knowing What Gear You Need
In order to coach football, you need more than just a whistle and a clipboard – in fact most coaches use neither of those! You’ll also need some basic gear to help you teach the game and keep yourself organized. A few essentials would be: balls, bibs, cones, hurdles and slalom posts or goals.
Your kit, training and anything else you need will be covered by a club like Marldon, ensuring you are well prepared to conduct safe training and match environments.
Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically
Before you can even think about becoming a youth football coach, you need to make sure that you’re prepared mentally and physically. This means being able to handle the stress of the job, as well as being in good enough shape to keep up with the kids.
You will need to prepare for setting expectations for children around ability, communication around peer groups and should be actively encouraging positivity at all times, if you get the culture right for your team you will find the children demonstrating positve leadership for each other. Get your communication style wrong and you will find that is echoed right back at you!
Aligning your coaching philosophy to your values
Before you can start coaching, it’s important to take some time to reflect on your personal values. This will help you develop a coaching philosophy that is in line with your own beliefs. Once you have your philosophy sorted out, it will be much easier to communicate it to your players and their parents.
Every group of players is different, they will have collective and indivudal values of their own. Understanding their goals, preferences for how to approach their development by asking these questions openly with them, will enable you guide them to reaching their potential and offer them transferable skills to developing skills.
We really hope that this has helped, if you are interested in becoming a youth foootball coach then get in touch with us and we can have an informal chat to answer some of the questions you may have.