Key Training Principles

"Film is your coaching mentor. It is the quality control."
  1. Film and review all sessions. 
  2. Clearly define and communicate the goals of the session and each activity well before it begins. 
  3. Clearly communicate the tempo and contact level. Do not try to interrupt to "teach" at the same time as trying to have a "fast" or "intense" session. Be clear on the purpose of that particular session. Teaching tempo vs. match plus conditions need to be treated separately. 
  4. Create competitive activities. Increase emotion. And it is fun. 
  5. Players (and coaches) need to understand the plan, the goal of each activity and how it connects to the larger context of the game. 
  6. Overall, narrow the gap as much as possible between the training environment and match play. Strive to produce match-plus conditions in training. 
  7. Players must ‘feel’ similar pressures found in a competitive match in training. 
  8. Players need to practice, psychologically and physiologically, as if they were in a make-or-break moment in a match. 
  9. Players (and coaches) need to practice being in anxiety moments and how to manage. 
  10. Players must be allowed to test themselves in training, “controlling” their decisions, in an environment that limits fear of failure. 
  11. Leadership development:
    1. Driving leadership development throughout all players.
    2. Provide opportunities for players to speak in front of the team, in front of small groups.
    3. Get the right ‘classroom culture’ – everyone is accountable, and “I don’t know answer” needs to be resolved before moving on. Team members can’t opt out
"What was supposed to be accomplished  / learned? What was accomplished? Why the gap? What to do about it next time?"

Weekly Training Periodization

What:  a structured weekly training plan to align all pillars of performance - technical, tactical, physical and mental towards the desired style of play, peaking on match day. This training week can be adapted depending on the training time/frequency of sessions allotted.

Keys to implementing the Weekly Training Periodization (WTP)

Set the metric and focus for the day and be disciplined to train it - do not run too fast or too far on installation days and do not spend too much time coaching and resting on fast and intensity days. The week works sequentially so compromising one day will have a knock on effect to all other days.

Use a metric to monitor train above the game - depending on budget and resources this can range from GPS and heart rate to simple video analysis and a stop watch to record the cumulative ball in play time.

Avoid as much as possible joining learning/installation and speed/intensity sessions - this is nearly impossible in a two day per week schedule but outside of that scenario should be limited as much as possible.

4-5 Training Days per Week

2 Training Days per Week

3 Training Days per Week