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7 Qualities of a Good Soccer Coach

There are certain qualities that every good coach in the world of soccer must possess, whatever their category or division. The coach has a series of managerial skills, which he must know how to handle most effectively to achieve the best results from the team and to best use strengths of each player.

Qualities that a soccer coach must have

1- Know how to command and make decisions.

A coach must know how to analyze a situation, decide which option to choose among all the possible ones and give the appropriate instructions to his players.

In the short term, this can be seen reflected during a soccer game when the team suffers an expulsion; the coach must analyze the condition of his team is in, choose what to do next and have the players carry out a plan.

In the long term, it could be seen at the time of reinforcements for the following season.

2- Moral authority, credibility.

To be seen as a moral authority within a group, two things are necessary: the first thing would be to have a proven professional career in soccer and long years of experience behind. The second to have achieved enough results or titles to be credible when directing other players.

This moral authority, achieved through experience, would be what would give the coach credibility. If you are a new coach, this moral authority and credibility must be achieved through daily work and effort.

3- Listen carefully.

If a coach wants to get the most out of each of his/her players, learning how to listen to their suggestions, complaints, etc., is a must. The same principle must be applied to those above him/her, bosses and other trained personnel.

Finally, we must learn from the great soccer coaches. Every great coach has had a teacher before whom he/she has paid attention to.

4- Serenity.

Without the ability to remain calm, nervousness and bad decision making are likely. A coach is not only the head of the team, his/her figure is a reference and an example for players to follow, therefore displaying equanimity under challenging situations is vital.

5- Humanity.

Every coach must remain relatable; this is to be able to empathize, to know how to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. The dialogue between the coach and all team members is crucial.

6- Anticipate success.

Any activity undertaken in this world requires the ability to foresee the results to reach success. For this purpose, a series of objectives must be established before the season begins; they must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and limited in time. This phase demands work to make the predictions a reality.

7- Do without the harmful ones.

In every group, there is usually a couple of discontented individuals who try to destabilize and upend order. A good leader has to know how to detect these people and remove them from the group to try to solve the problems. There have been many cases of great players who, thanks to their problematic character, and despite great talent, have not been able to succeed in big clubs.

8- Channeling emotions.

We have rarely seen the best coaches show euphoria after a win, nor do they look low after a defeat. As the one representing the team, knowing how to control emotions is obligatory; poorly managed emotions can also lead to results contrary to those expected.

7- Fairness.

The coach should try to treat everyone equally, never favoring any player over the others. Therefore, when the coach must choose from the selection of players available, the most effective way to do is based on personal merits.

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