Effectively Coaching Girls during Football Training

If you are used to coaching boys during football training, you may experience a slight change of pace when coaching girls. While coaching is the same overall, there will be a slight adjustment as far as goals, technique application, and personality are concerned. Here, you will learn ways to effectively coach girls during football training.

The first thing that you should understand when it comes to effectively coaching girls during football training is that all techniques and game play can be achieved from girls as with boys. The main part involved in football training is strength and proper timing. Girls are just as capable of delivering an excellent football  game as boys are. It is important that you understand this right up front – this is especially true if you are coaching girl’s football training for the first time.

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The second thing that you should understand when coaching girls during football training is that girls are often just as competitive as boys are. It is important that you have faith in their ability to compete and complete tasks as you define for them. Many coaches come over to a girl’s football team in a resentful way because they are so used to working with boys. However, it is important to avoid this mindset. Females have proven to be extremely effective in various types of sports. It is essential that you do what you can to develop each of your players during football practice. Not doing so can result in a negative mindset among members of your team.

The third thing to understand when you are coaching a girl’s team in football training is that there may be emotional differences. Many coaches use various types of motivational techniques to get their team on the ball, however, the same tactics that work for boys may not work for girls. In addition to this, many girls may be quite offended if you yell while giving commands. Many boys do not cry in this situation. However, with girls, this may be a common experience. While it is important to treat both boys and girls as equals, it is equally important to safeguard the way that you act and react with each.

When you coach girls during football training, you will find that the parents can be similar in attitude as far as coaching methods are concerned. You may or may not have issues with parents. If parents do face you in a threatening way, remember to stay as professional as possible. Let them know that you understand their place. If you have an opinion on the situation, then you should express it as well. Parents should be welcomed to express their concerns, ask questions, or share their opinions with you. Let them know that you welcome any and all feedback. This will help to make your coaching girls during football training much easier.

There are many ways that you can effectively coach girls during football training. It is not as important to focus on the fact that you are coaching girls as it is that you are coaching a football team. Keeping this in mind will help make the task much easier.


Ten Qualities of a Good Youth Soccer/Football Coach


Time for a pop quiz – would you rather your child played on a team where the coach calls the game or practice for weather if there is thunder audible, or keeps the children playing through rain and nearby lightning strikes? How about a coach who offers equal playing time to all players, even though their win-loss record is abysmal, or a coach who only plays the best and leaves the other children on the bench?

Do you think you can tell the difference between an OK coach and a good coach?

Stage Equipe de France Chris Bonzon

Here are ten qualities you can look for:

1. A good coach demonstrates his knowledge of and commitment to physical health and safety. He is experienced in CPR, has a readily available first aid kit with him at all practices and games, and teaches the players about injury treatment and prevention.

2. He teaches and models, always, respectful behavior, fairness and good sportsmanship. He will not be teaching your child to respond to adversary with tantrums or cursing.

3. He demands and receives appropriate sideline behavior from parents. He ignores taunts and insults from abusive parents, and does not let a parent to berate a player, even his own child.

4. He understands gender differences, especially on a mixed-sex team, but does not adhere to stereotypes and allows each player to play to his or her potential. He is sympathetic to an all-female team, especially young teens who tend to be quite emotional.

5. He is patient and calm, and always positive. He leaves his personal life out of the gam, and does not take a bad mood out on his players.

6. He sets realistic and age-appropriate expectations for the players. He neither promises them too much, nor encourages them too little.

7. He makes both practices and games fun, emphasizing the “fun” quality versus winning. While winning is important, and everyone should strive to do their personal best, it is not the sole reason in playing team sports. Actually, studies have shown that “winning” does not even rank in the top 5 reasons when children are asked why they play team sports.

8. He adjusts his advice to suit the each player, and is sensitive to their needs. A good coach understands that a team is made up of individual players, and that some need a great deal of attention while others do not.

9. He actively seeks out team-building opportunities, and includes every player. Such activities can include team parties, fund-raising events like car washes, and special team-only pre-game and post-game rituals, like the huddle.

A good coach is someone who a parent should feel no hesitation to approach with any questions or concerns. He should be a good listener as well as a good communicator, and should take into consideration any constructive criticism offered by a parent. He should adhere firmly to his convictions, but he should also be flexible enough to consider new ideas. And lastly, he should be an effective motivator of his players, as well as an inspiring leader. His players should look up to him and want to play their best.

Author: Darcey Deeds

Can Brazil Win 2014 Soccer World Cup?


Obviously, it is a very difficult question to answer. In fact, it is also too early to answer this question, but we can ask is Brazil capable of winning the next soccer World Cup 2014? Does Brazil deserve it? Well, for lots of people, this question was very easy to answer as the five-time winner was shaky not very long ago. Brazil’s performance was not solid, but the result of the Confederation Cup 2013 made everything difficult for the Brazil haters. Now, we have to admit that Brazil played really well in the Confederation Cup 2013, and it can hope for the title of the upcoming Soccer World Cup 2014. Scolari does think so.

Even few days ago, Legend like Zico and Pele were very frustrated. Don’t forget the number of coaches Brazil changed to get a good result. Finally, Brazil achieved something good.

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Yes, Brazil has tried its best, and its performance shown that it worked, but things will not be the same in the next competition. World Cup is much tougher than the Confederation Cup. Pressure plays a great role. Do you think Neymar will be able handle that enormous amount of pressure? I don’t think so. He is still too young. What about other competitors like Germany, England, and arch rivals Argentina? Though Spain was devastated by Brazil in the final, but you can’t rule out Spain from the title race. Spain has too many high-profile players, and they will be more desperate to defend their title.

Some believe that the next winner will be a team from Latin America. Do you think Brazil can beat Argentina now or in the World Cup 2014? I don’ t think it will be easy to beat Argentina, though it is obvious that Brazil will play better in the World Cup, but the team lacks experience. Argentina could be stronger than Brazil in 2014, I think. Alejandro Sabella, head coach of Argentina, has tried to find the best combination to help Messi. Messi could be more dangerous in 2014! This magician deserves a World Cup title.

Germany will be a more matured team in 2014. We have seen their young guns in 2010 World Cup. They must be dying to get the title after 1990.

To be honest, Brazil has not faced extreme level of pressure, competition, and expectation in the last competition. This cup is nothing compared to the upcoming World Cup-the greatest show on earth, but you never know what will happen in the next level. Players like Hulk, Fred, and Neymar could make a difference. Scolari has lots of experience. He does know how to win a World Cup, though he has no Ronaldo this time. Good luck for everyone!

Michael Chris

Ones to Watch European Under-17 Championship 2013 / Top 5 Hot Prospects in Football

Check out our list of the ones to watch in the European Under-17 Championship 2013. Five hot prospects who can claim the title Golden Player of the Tournament. The hot prospects of European Under-17 Championship will follow in the footpaths of former European Under-17 starlets such as Karim Benzema, Bojan Krkic, Stephan El Shaarawy, Wayne Rooney and Mario Götze among others.

Alberto Cerri, Striker, Parma

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Alberto Cerri is the captain of the Italian Under-17 and can be recognised by wearing the number 9 shirt. He was born in Parma 6 April 1996. The 190cm tall, striker earned his professional debut at March 30th 2013 playing 16 minutes against Pescara making him the youngest debutante in Serie A in the history of Parma. He is one of the reasons why Italy Under-17 qualified for the final round, as he scored two decisive goals, one against Holland in the 78th minute and the other against Norway.

Alen Halilović, Attacking Midfielder, Dinamo Zagreb


He was born 18th of June 1996 in Dubrovnik and is regarded as a remarkable hot prospect. The 170cm tall elegant attacking midfielder became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Croatian First Division. The young wonderkid has recorded 2 goals in 16 appearances for Dinamo. He has also featured in the UEFA Champions League this season. A remarkable talented player, with a fierce left foot. Free-kick specialist and can be compared to Lionel Messi!

Fran Brodic, Striker, Dinamo Zagreb

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The lethal striker born 8. January 1997 is regarded as the most hot prospect in Croatia. The new wonderkid have been followed by the best teams in the world. He got his professional debut for Dinamo Zagreb on 14th April 2013 and beat Alen Halilovic in becoming the youngest ever playing for the first team of Dinamo. Fran Brodic has recorded 4 assists and 2 goals in 5 appearances and have been the most important player for the Croatian Under-17 teams qualification to the final round of European Championship 2013.

Perhaps this young football talent should be on the list of the Top Talents for 2013?

Valentino Lazaro, Attacking Midfielder, FC Red Bull Salzburg


The elegant midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest Austrian talents. The 180cm tall hot prospect of Greek and Angolan origin is contracted to FC Red Bull Salzburg. He got his professional debut in start of November 2012 where he substituted Valon Beisha, the older brother of Veton Berisha who is described as one of the best talents in the Norwegian Premier League. The Austrian technical attacking midfielder wearing the number 10 shirt could be compared to Zinedine Zidane because of his excellent passes and flick ons.

Federico Bonazzoli, Striker, Inter Milan 


He is regarded as one of the best Italian talents coming through the Nerazzurri academy. In the last couple of weeks he has trained with the first team of Inter Milan. The left footed striker is remarkable lethal. Federico Bonazzoli, scored a hat-trick against Lichtenstein in only 10 minutes! He is one of the youngest talents in the tournament, but is definitely one to watch as he could become one of the best Italian strikers ever!

Author: Espen Hoegli