Try the FAs’ seven behaviour management tips at your next training session and observe the impact on your players.

1) Get started quickly

Get the players on task quickly. By doing so, a coach can identify which players want to focus and which may need additional support as the session develops.

2) Don’t give your attention to those who are poorly behaved

Give it when it is deserved. Affording attention to players for doing the wrong thing sends the message that negative behaviour is a method of gaining the coach’s time. Instead, seek out players who are performing well, trying hard and investing in their own learning and make a strong example of this positive behaviour.

3) Let the players make some of the decisions

Give ownership to players, it will give them more involvement and more control over their own development.


4) Don’t stop the whole group to highlight a ‘mistake’

Don’t draw attention to individual player mistakes. If guidance is required, it should be one-to-one while the other players are busy with the task.


5) Encourage group work and discussion

Get the players to work together in small groups. Challenge them to work together in identifying ways of succeeding in tasks and practices. Give them ownership for solving the task.

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6) Let the players know your session is a ‘safe’ place


Make the players feel comfortable making mistakes and give them the freedom to try again and self-correct.


7) More time on task

No need for lengthy instruction or de-briefs. Get the players in, get them on task and get them playing. Want more top-tips like this? Read our guide to effective behaviour management here


Article courtesy of The FA Boot Room


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