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Zidane –

“I reached this level by sheer dint of hard work, toiling away at scores of tricks and experiments. I used to play with the ball from dawn till dusk and just kept practising. If I wasn’t playing matches, it was trying out one on one or two against two with a tennis ball. Then I used to try aiming at certain targets. That’s the only way to learn. And if I missed the target, I kept trying until I scored”

-Zinedine Zidane


Why it is important that ‘We Cannot Not Communicate’

When delivering your next session consider the following below:

60% is non verbal body lanuage, eye contact, facial expressions

30% Speed, Rhythm, Tonality of Speech

90% of how we communicate is not words

Communication Skills have become vital in the way children learn and understand. With experience and practicing these communication skills you can hone in on the effect of each word you use. The information from above shows though; it’s not just the what you say but it’s more importantly the way you say it.

60% being our non verbal body language – think about when you coach how you can gain eye contact with an individual, use it to express how you feel about what they have done. If you are standing on the side line with your arms folded, leaning against a wall – what perception does this cast for the children and parents?

30% how you say it – Know what your going to say – be precise when giving information and make sure you say it with a varied pitch. Consider when, who, where you are giving information this will change each time how you say something. If you hesitate, and speak in the same tone each time – the information you give will be broken down, and not digested properly.

90% is not words – Think body language, think diagrams & think demonstrations… Be the coach who communicates to each individual in all of these areas the most effectively.

You cannot coach Personality – but like anything you can practice and improve this skill.

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Many Thanks,

Ross Brooks.

Session: 2v1 Continious Game

Hi Coaches,

Here is a session well worth looking at for overloading play – can be an excellent Pre Season exercises full of lots of repetition of the 2v1 situation.

4v4 Continuous 2v1 Game_1298715839

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Many Thanks,

Ross Brooks.

‘ Session diagrams created with the Session Template software at www.academysoccercoach.com‘ .

Messi – The Worlds Greatest Player

See the link below to see what made Messi the Worlds Greatest Player.


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Many Thanks,

Ross Brooks.

Nutirition for all levels

Nutrition at the professional level is become very important; with each individual given a specific diet regime for their physical requirements. I was at professional club over the weekend, and was able to explore their first team training facility – as they were in the stage of applying for the Grade A Category for the EPPP. Their was a great level of details of Nutritional posters all over the complex, with lots of different things they recommend drinking and eating etc.

Below is a good read from FIFA which covers a variety of different foods that Professional should eat. What I always wanted to know is how to advice players on different levels what they should eat, telling them they should eat this etc. Could cause a number of problems, and this documents covers it well.


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Many Thanks,

Ross Brooks.

Sessions: Don’t deliver; if they don’t understand.

A session can speak volume of your coaching ability, understanding of what your players need – and also your style of coaching. I don’t think a session makes a good coach; too many coaches copy and paste sessions but don’t deliver. I believe to be an expert, you need to regularly rehearse the session, it can be done through visualization or actually by doing it with your group of players.

Something I’ve always been thinking about how to maximize time in your session, at GR level you are given limited time to work with your players. If a session is becoming too challenging for the players to the point where they don’t understand and can’t actually partake in the session, what do you do? Well, I think if it has lead to this; it shouldn’t. Simplicity is key, deliver sessions were the format is simple, and you know that all players will understand. Communicate it in the right way, use visual aids and demonstration techniques to explain how the session works. Repetition – don’t be afraid to use the session a number of times? The more players become with the more familiar it becomes, meaning you will cut time wasting out! Beware this doesn’t become tedious, add competition and coach with lots of enthusiasm.

During the course of your session, you shouldn’t have to stop the session to explain it again. Largely make individual comments, small group comments – don’t let the session stop from flowing. I think we’ve all done it, so bite your tounge and note down what you have to say etc.

Plan Effectively

Design Simple sessions that get what you want to achieve from players

Communicate exercise effectively

Don’t be afraid to repeat the exercises

Avoid delivering sessions were you had to explain it over and over again.

Take players out of their comfort zone, but not to the point where they don’t understand or can’t succeed

Please feel free to follow or contact me on ross.brooks@coerver.co.uk or on Twitter @CoerverRoss

Many thanks,
Ross Brooks

Effective Communication

‘Anxiety’ is a trait that can be common in footballers of all different ages and abilities. Through effective communication players become able to ‘self regulate’ themselves which is key in a footballers mindset.

For example if a player develops through becoming reliant on the coach to tell them where to go and what to do, when they loose that support – they don’t have the answers to solve the problems. As soon as they feel this they become anxious – and come across this word ‘fear.’

It’s vitally important you give information at the right time, ask open questions and ensure they can solve problems individually and in a team.

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Many Thanks