One on One coaching has become the new norm for coaches in giving players the adequate training to achieve their dreams. The origination of the word ‘coaching’ began in the latter part of the 1880s. It has grown as a vital part of the sporting industry with one on one coaching now in both the sporting and business worlds. Football Teams normally train for a few hours per week. Unfortunately this often leaves gaps in a player’s development, which is where 1on1 coaching can provide benefits to players. One on One Training is beneficial for players in the following areas:
Players new to the game and looking to learn how to play soccer
For players wanting to play at an advanced or elite level
Players wanting to turn professional
Players looking to make the next step
To learn and refine technique
Build confidence as a football player
Focusing on the individual needs as a football player
Many coaches including Tom Byer (Leading youth coach) stated the importance of one on one training to children’s development.According to The World Game website earlier this year, Youth Development Guru Tom Byer stated that for footballers to get better, they need to practice outside the team environment.
“In the community leagues the season only runs for about 18 weeks,” he said. “It’s a very short window. Often in these community clubs, kids might only train once a week. So if you add that up you’re talking 18 weeks — 18 hours, maybe 20 hours — which is tantamount going to school about three days a year.”
“So what we’re trying to show is that if you really want to be a good footballer it takes engaging with a ball outside the organized practice.”
Coaching 1on1 or in small groups helps the person being coached open to develop more of a growth mindset, as they will get more specific and individualised feedback. Rene Meulensteen, who also worked with Manchester United’s Academy for five years helping develop talents including Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford, says repetition is also vital when it comes to one on one soccer training.
“Repetition might sound boring, but it isn’t- the kids love playing with the ball and mastering a skill.”
“You also need that repetition in games. There is no point having a lot of exercises working with the ball individually and then playing eight v eight, because the kids touch the ball.”