What makes a good environment in football?
We explore what it means to create a good environment, why it matters and how it can help you develop skilful players.
The environment you create has a significant impact on your team. Get it right, and you can help players develop. Get it wrong, and you can hinder their enjoyment and chance to be skilful.
It might feel a bit daunting. But creating a good environment doesn't need to be complicated. To help, we've broken it down into four key areas:
1. Create a positive atmosphere
This is about supporting your players. To thrive, they need to feel safe and happy.
Remember that, as a coach, you're a role model. Having an open, 'can do' attitude sets a great example – for both your team and their parents.
2. Promote unstructured play
This type of football is player-led. It allows your team to make their own decisions, like what activity to try or what rules to use. This freedom is fun – and it encourages players to develop their skills.
3. Include competition
Kids love the competitive element of football. By mixing up the opposition's ability, you can provide fantastic learning opportunities.
4. Vary your setting
Experiencing a mix of physical environments can help your players to hone their skills. So, when planning training and matches, include some variation. Try playing on different surfaces and in different weather. And switch up your equipment too.