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A coach walks along a grass pitch with a bag of footballs over her right shoulder and some cones in her left hand.

The main role and responsibilities of a coach  

The role and responsibilities of a coach are context dependent. For instance, a grassroots coach won’t have the same to-do list as one working at the top of the game.   

But while the finer details may differ, the priority is the same. To create a safe and fun learning environment for football players. 

Every football coach needs to give their players a great experience, meet their needs, and help them fall in love with the game. That way, they’ll keep coming back. And they’ll have more chance of performing to their potential. 

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Keep in mind the age and stage of the players you work with. Some of these tips may be easier with different age groups. While you could make some of them more advanced for older players.  

For instance, if you work with 5-11s and 12-16s, you’re more likely to have parents and carers there. You then have the option of asking them for help. However, if you work with 17-21s or adults, you may not have spectators to support you. But you may be able to give older players more responsibility.  

And it’s important to understand your players and their needs. Giving them ownership or responsibilities might not be suitable for them at the moment. But when you feel it’s right to do so, keep in mind that it may not go perfectly. For example, you may need to readjust pitch sizes if they’ve been tasked with setting them up. But over time, things will run more smoothly.  

Things to remember when trying to manage your time effectively

Top tips for managing your time effectively as a coach. It's important to understand yourself and what you need to do to relax and recharge to be your best self. Seek the help of others – you never know what support is out there until you ask. Think about the age and stage of your players and how they can help you – it can be something as simple as asking them to create a pitch for an activity. Save time by displaying key messages, tasks, or activities on whiteboards. Prioritise your tasks so you know what's urgent and what's not.

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