Do you love football? Do you enjoy playing the sport and are you looking for a way to continue to work with the game? Then coaching might be a career option to consider.
Coaching is exciting and fulfilling and gives you an opportunity to pass your skills on to a new generation of players. Maybe you have spent hours on a football game and have led to the pinnacle of club football, But what if you can become a properly qualified coach. Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Fabio Cappello all great managers, but how were they when they were playing.
Not all great players make great managers. So the question arises, what qualities does a manager require. Is it like the FIFA Manager game. Well yes but with a lot more responsibilities, expectations and immense pressure from the fans as well as the board.
Football is a demanding sport and requires dedication , qualification and experience to get into the circle. In the book Coaching Football, Tom Flores and Bob O’Connor write: “As a coach, you have a deep responsibility to your players. It is your job to know the young people you are teaching, the game you are teaching, and how the game of football can bring your players to their highest potential as happy and contributing citizens, husbands, and fathers.” As a coach, you have a deep responsibility to your players. It is your job to know the young people you are teaching, the game you are teaching, and how the game of football can bring your players to their highest potential .
With kind of money involved in the modern era of football expectations are bound to be there. If you’re in your teens or twenties, time is on your side especially if you have experience as a college football player. But prepared because ” It’s not really about winning.” Success and failure is part of the game.
1.To become a successful football coach, you must be willing to spend most of the time for the game
2.Start by playing at local level .Watch the coach and learn from him, spend time with other players to learn the game
3.Approach your local schools and high schools they often hire part-time coaches for their football teams. Once you have some experience apply for one of these jobs. A college degree in physical education will help you win one of these positions.
4.Use experience to build your career. It usually takes years of coaching experience and a winning record to reach the ranks of professional coaching.
5. A coach should have open mindedness to take any new information and then judge what is right and wrong
6. Strong personality, philosophy, command and leadership is essential to become a good coach
7. No coach can produce a player it is the talent of the player which is polished with the help of a coach
8. Be positive and encouraging ,do not expect your team will always win try to be optimistic and avoid negative words
9. Always keep in mind that performance is more important than winning – result will follow the performance
1. After Plus 2, try to do degree in Physical Education from a good institution
2. Take football as the specialization
3. Develop good English
4. Get associated with District Football Association and keep in touch with them
5. Attend selection trials of district teams and university teams and get selected
6. Do basic courses in football during vacation especially in grass root football
7. Good reading habit and collect as many literature as possible about football
8. Try to complete post graduation also in physical education and pass UGC Net exam, which makes him eligible to be a college physical education teacher.
9. Once you complete your degree or Post graduation in physical education, you are prepared to be a teacher and coach
10. You would be around 20 or 22 years of age by this time.
11. You get a lot of information about football training and coaching from the course, internet and library during your time in the college. Collect as much as possible.
12. It is an ever changing science
13. Always ask why I am doing this? why I am asking my players to do this
14. Prepare before every session FAILING TO PREPARE IS THE PREPARATION FOR FAILURE
15. Do football association courses and not NIS
Deepa Nair and Mitai Shukla writes for FootballKerala.com with inputs from India U-16 Coach Narayana Menon VA