How to coach blind football
Inspired by Jonathan Pugh, England Blind head coach, we've created this list of top tips for coaching blind footballers.
Identify your building blocks
Remember that your players may not have been exposed to what you're asking them to do. For example, a grassroots football team may never have run backwards. This means it's important to break things down. Try using technical skill games to teach the smaller parts of football.
Give scenarios a go
Use realistic game scenarios to make sessions messy and unpredictable. Then, see how players deal with them. When using scenarios, leave your team alone as much as possible. If you do need to intervene, try using guided discovery.
Create individual programmes
After sessions, try giving players tailored training programmes that explain what they need to work on. This provides the opportunity to improve their game away from training.
Clarify pitch markings
Break down your pitch into different sections and give each area a name. This makes it easier for players to understand where you want them to be. Jonathan uses L1, L2, L3, R1, R2, R3 and middle thirds.