Top tips for matchday
Everyone looks forward to the game at the weekend. But the day can be a bit hectic. So, here are some top tips that can help you manage matchday.
Create a checklist
Everyone loves matchday. But with so much going on, it can be chaotic for coaches. There’s a lot to think about.
To help, some may find it useful to create a checklist of things to consider. You can then run through this in the lead-up to each matchday. The list should include things like, have the opposition and officials been contacted? What players are available? Does everyone know where the venue is? Is the pitch ready, or will it need setting up? What time is kick-off? When should I arrive? When should players turn up? You can fill it with notes, questions and reminders to help you during and after the game, too.
After going through your checklist, if you need to get some answers – and get everyone on the same page – post the relevant questions into a WhatsApp group with the players’ parents and carers. The FA’s Matchday app can also be a helpful tool to make matchday admin much easier.
Be a good delegator
At grassroots level, you may be the only coach. But that doesn’t mean you have to do everything. Now you’ve got your checklist, try delegating some tasks to the player’s parents. You may find that some want to get involved.
Here, The FA’s Pav Singh and Suey Smith talk about the importance of coaches being good delegators.