September 28th, 2013 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
The best soccer coaches in the world are often celebrated for their inspiring halftime speeches to the team. Sometimes after a rather disheartening first half display, the team will return with great energy in excitement in the second half, scoring a batch of delightful goals that take the team on to victory. And so the great mystery always remains: what did the coach say to his or her team to get them so amped up for the second half? What tips can you take in order to help boost your team along?
This is where the art of coaching becomes apparent. Standing on the sideline during the first half of play in a match, you need to be keyed in on the subtle mistakes that your opposition continuously make. Does their right back too often venture forward in attacks and leave their zone wide open? If so, you can spark a successful counter-attack by telling your players to exploit that weakness. Maybe you notice that the opposing goalie doesn’t like to go to ground. Tell you players to take low shots. Develop a keen eye for watching the game and use that information to get your team ready to excel in the second half.
The other part of your halftime speech needs to focus on keeping up the players’ energy (or actually sparking something for a flat team). This is the tricky thing. Depending on the personalities of the players on your squad, you may want to take a different approach. Some players respond well to fiery, passionate speeches while others just need a pat on the back to build up some intensity. Determining what works best for your players is crucial.
Another thing to realize is that regardless of what the halftime score is, the match really gets decided in the second half. Even if you’re down 2-0, a big comeback can happen. Inspire your players by preaching the importance of pride and dedication to fight hard for one another and their teammates. Also, in addition to noticing mistakes by the other team, locate problems within your own team and make sure your players are aware so they can remedy them. The other team’s coach is probably pointing out those weaknesses to his squad so realize that your players will be exposed in the next half.
Another point to realize in your halftime soccer speech is that you should come up with fresh ideas and tips for each game. Ringing out the same old phrase at the end of each halftime will lose its spark with every successive game. Find new ways to inspire your players and keep enlightening them with new tips or ways to motivate them to take their play to higher levels.
You want your soccer players to be involved and care in every game they play. Therefore, make sure that you care as well, and deliver rousing and helpful halftime speeches in every game as well. When you show that you care, your soccer team will follow suit. So pay attention, detect weaknesses, and be sure to push your players on to glory the next time you bring the players together during the break!Coach, During, Halftime, Should, Soccer