confidence

The question this week comes from Daren: “I have a group of players who are U11 and there is a real mix of ability in the group. How can I help build the confidence of some of the players who may be of lesser ability? We have had a tough start to the season and after 4 losses the boys are struggling” Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Do you have a coaching question that we might be able to help with?  We would love to hear…

What does it take to build and sustain football confidence? Regular PDP contributor and President of New Edge Performance, John Haime provides some practical advice for this crucial element of player development and performance. Every week in the top leagues in the world, you’ll see fantastic displays of skill – players trying things in the middle of games, taking calculated risk and using their great abilities. Recently, I watched Marcelo of Real Madrid put on a confidence clinic – trying things in the game that…

One of the saddest things I had to do as a Director of Coaching for numerous soccer clubs was conduct exit interviews, meetings with players whom had decided to leave the club. Children quit sports for a litany of reasons, and my job was always to see what we could learn, so we could improve the experience for other children. When I got these players alone, and asked them “what was your least favorite moment in sports?” I often got a very similar and sad…

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