Aiding your team’s psychological development can be the most demanding area of The FA 4 Corner Model.
To provide support, the England DNA suggests a different way of working: allow your players greater responsibility and ownership over their own development.This approach involves reducing your ‘management’ of sessions, which can feel strange. However, it’s important to recognise that you're not handing over complete control. The right environment drip-feeds lots of opportunity to practise decision-making and problem solving.
You should encourage your players to adopt a growth mindset. Explain (and illustrate, e.g. "you couldn’t do that two weeks ago") that their current level of ability is not fixed. This will help them to recognise that improvement is within their control.
Coaching in this way encourages the development of executive functions, such as:
- intrinsic motivation
- regulation of emotions.
Although these skills don’t fully mature until a person’s late 20s, progress can be supported throughout the Foundation Phase. For more tips, scroll down now.
Step one: players aged 5-8Supporting the psychological development of your youngest players is incredibly important – it will help them to cope with the demands of both football and everyday life.
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