How to deliver effective team talks on matchday
Unsure what to say to your players on matchday? Here’s some guidance to help you approach your team talks.
Pre-match team talk
It can be easy to fall into the trap of overloading players with too much information. It’s understandable – there’s a lot to consider on matchday. But less can be more. As for passionate, rallying speeches? They’re not necessary.
The time before a match is an opportunity to welcome and check in with your team to find out how they feel. Some may be nervous ahead of kick-off. Here, you can seek to understand and help them with their emotions. Keeping your communication positive is important here.
It’s also ideal to deliver a calm, clear and concise pre-match team talk. As a tip, try providing your players with three quick key points. These could be based on how you want to play or your last matchday and training session.
If you’re working with young players, you could do the team talk in front of their parents and carers. Your behaviour here – and your key messages – could positively influence them ahead of the game.
Of course, all of this ultimately depends on the age and stage you’re working with. So be mindful of that and tailor your approach accordingly.
Here, The FA’s Pav Singh and Suey Smith discuss the need to understand the environment you’re working in and how your players are feeling before the match.