Free Online Program to assist Club Directors of Coaching and Club Technical Directors
At Sports Path we recently completed a major research project on how coaches use the web, involving over 1,000 coaches throughout the world
We were interested if they used an Online Learning Network to assist in the development of coaches at their club.
We asked Coaches if and how they had used such a network and the responses were as follows:
Emails with links to practices or videos
Articles for the Club/Association Website
Establishing an Online Learning Network : A dedicated space designed specifically for coaches at your club
Regular E Mail Newsletter for coaches
Coach provides twitter feed
Coach provides their own blog
Only 10% of the coaches surveyed said that they did not use any aspect of the web to help them on developing coaches at their club
By establishing an Online Learning Network a coach can achieve a dedicated space on the web for their coaches to integrate emails, newsletters, practices, blogs, twitter feeds and links to videos all in one place. So we asked those who had developed an Online Learning Network what were the benefits. They listed the benefits of an Online Learning Network for their clubs as follows:
To have a central/integrated space which allows for simple sharing of materials, such as session planners, videos, curriculums, articles, ideas and best practices
To help/support the coaches to develop their knowledge and skills as part of a consistent club philosophy
To enable/ encourage interaction between coaches
To improve the quality and uniformity of coaching, e.g., standardized curriculum, common philosophy, consistent information with material which can be updated simplye and regulary
To reduce stress and minimize time for coaches to prepare their training as they access material at a convenient time from all devices
From December 2014 Sports Path will be providing an Online Program to show Coaches and especially Directors of Coaching how to establish an Online Learning Network to support the development of coaches at their club.
Sports Path will provide a range of services to help coaches develop these skills including Books, Factsheets, Webinars, Forums and an Online Learning Course
Sports Path can provide this Program FOR FREE for visitors to our Blog if they complete this simple 4 Question Survey here . (NB The details of individual clubs will never be revealed)
The most popular Session Planners as recommended by Soccer Coaches
Reviews for this course include the following feedback from coaches:
Tony Caig, Assistant Coach and Goalkeeping Coach, Carlisle United FC, Carlisle, UK
‘Very good course and it has really helped me on gathering content that's relevant to my coaching. I've also purchased the book 'Soccer Coaching and the web' by Robin Russell which takes the subject and moves it on even further’
Steve Davis, Technical Director, New York Rush Soccer Club, New York, USA
‘Great Information: Some interesting areas covered that will help any coach who is looking to bring the field and classroom to their players’
Nick D'Amore Director of Coaching & Development - Highlands Soccer Association & Highlands FC, Coach - ACT Academy of Sport, Australia:
‘Overall a course well worth doing and the guides that you have shown will save me hours of time.’
Daniel Harcock, Coach Munich International School, Germany
‘Course was a very god introduction into what is and will continue to become an important part of modern day coaching and teaching! Some useful resources and information for an inexperienced 'online' coach and for those looking for ways to improve their current practice!’
Rocky Castillo, Soccer Coach, New York, USA
‘This course is a great introduction to many resources and tools available on the Internet. I am a beginner in terms of creating content, and all the information available in this course is relevant and easy to understand and follow. Even though the possibilities and the resources are overwhelming, by taking this course I think I am better prepared to move on forward to create content.’
Rory Grand, Soccer Coach, Thailand
‘Good course does what it says, would be helpful for people with limited computer/web skills looking to improve their online presence’
In the weeks before the 2014 World Cup began Sports Path assembled a team of Soccer Coaches and Analysts to study key technical aspects of the tournament. Coaches who had completed the LMA School of Football Management Online Course on Evaluation (in conjunction with Prozone Sports) were invited to take part in this Project under the guidance of experienced analysts John Bilton from the UK and Dr. Peter Usher, Sport Psychology Consultant & Performance Analyst from Canada
The Team of Analysts subsequently recruited and briefed by John and Peter included coaches from Australia, Africa, Europe and North America .They have examined every Goal, Shot, Cross and even every throw in for EVERY Game and for ALL Teams in the tournament.
As part of the World Cup Technical Report we have a promotion to obtain to the 50% Discount on the LMA School of Football Management Course on ' Evaluating Performance ' before the end of August 2014. For Details go here
The report is targeted for coaches who are interested in potential practical lessons from the World Cup.These are the questions which are answered in the Sports Path World Cup Technical Report 2014
Strikes and Strikers : In excess of 150 goals have been scored during the World Cup
Which specific 'zone' on the pitch contributes the highest percentage of goal-scoring strikes?
What percentages of these goals result from long sequences of possession or rapid counter attacks?
In which third of the pitch does a goal-scoring possession originate?
Is there a difference in the rates of strike efficiency and strike accuracy between the 'average' and 'top' teams?
What are the qualities of the World Cup strikers? What makes them lethal?
2. Sequence of Scoring
What is the probability of winning a match when a team scores the first goal?
What is the probability of winning a match when a team is winning at half-time?
What is the probability of winning a match when a team scores two goals in the first- half?
3. Passing and Possession
Do winning teams use more forward passes than losing teams?
Possession entries into the attacking third are essential for teams to create striking and scoring opportunities.
What role do goalkeepers play in teams gaining attacking-third possessions?
4. Goalkeepers: During the 2014 World Cup Goal Keeper (GK) distributions were observed and data was collected. During a match a GK may have between 15 to 35 opportunities to start an attacking move.
What percentages of those opportunities result in a possession in the attacking-third?
What is the most effective means for a GK to initiate an attacking-third possession?
What GK actions lead to a loss of team possession in the defending and middle-thirds
5. Throw-Ins provide an opportunity to start an attacking movement either towards the attacking-third or towards a striking opportunity from within the attacking-third
Are Throw-ins important in term of gaining attacking-third possessions?
If so, what opportunities do they provide and how can they be maximized?
Do teams take maximum advantage of these opportunities which range from 15 to 25 in a match? If so, how do they do it? If not, what (in) actions lead to a breakdown of such opportunities?
John Bilton and Dr.Peter Usher have also created Edition1 of this EBook which had 6800+ readers. Edition 2 has been re-designed with more detailed information for soccer coaches, analysts and students. It focuses on the individual analysis of a player and the contribution that analysis can play within a purposeful coaching programme. Performance analysis has made the authors better coaches and we expect it will do the same for you. Produced by coaches for coaches it has been designed to allow the reader to interact with video, illustrations, diagrams, tables and charts. Though this book covers essential detail for the experienced coach, we feel it will also inspire the beginner coach, analyst and student of the game. Positions analysed include a player's an attacking abilities. Goalkeeper's distribution and an in-depth case study of a strikers goal scoring. Implications for coaching and purposeful work on the training ground are shown.
Cost : $9.99 but for a limited period the introduction price has been reduced by 25%. USA $7.49, UK £4.49.For Details go here
At Under 17 Level England won the UEFA Under 17 Tournament again this year having qualified for the Semi - Final for the SEVENTH time since 2001 to equal Spain's 7 Semi final appearances in the same period. France ? 4 Semis Germany ? 3Semis
So on average England Under 17’s reach last 4 every other year.England joint top of UEFA rankings for Under 17’s
This would tend to indicate the system is not broken up to 17 years and ......may be working quite well?
The performances of England teams after this age is not as good as can be seen below - do the players get experience after 17 years of age ? Do the best players get released by their clubs to get International experience for UEFA and FIFA Tournaments?
UEFA U21 European Championships
FIFA U20 World Cup
UEFA U19 European Championships
UEFA U17 European Championships
2 (last won in 1984 but not in a tournament format then )
9 (last won 1993 when the tournament was in England)
2 (last won 2014)
1 (last won 2009)
1 (last won 1981)
2 (last won 2008)
3 (last won 2009)
3 (last won 2012)
1 (last won 1999)
9 (last won 2012)
6 (last won 2008)
Development between 17-21 years of age
Below is a comparison of the International Experience of the German Players who were in the team which beat Italy on Tuesday and the starting team for England v Italy in this year's World Cup
You will see that from U19 to U21 the German players had 50% more International exposure than the England players
Development after 21 years of age
Go back to the UEFA Under 21 Championship of 2009- England and Germany reach the Final. England had previously drawn 1-1 with the German U21’s in the group stage. England had beaten Spain ( yes !) ,Finland and Sweden and actually topped their group ahead of Germany so technically England would have been favourites for the Final having topped the group. As it happens Germany won 4-0 but there is reasonable evidence therefore to assume England’s U21’s were –at the time - not that far behind.What happened to the players from this Final on June 26th 2009 ?– See the bottom of this page Here
6 of the Germans played in the team that beat Brazil this week. Only one Englishman – James Milner – made the squad to Brazil and he didn’t make the first 11 v Italy. Joe Hart was actually the regular GK but was suspended for the Final. Scott Loach took his place
Don't these three studies strengthen the arguement for improving the opportunities for gifted young players to get 1st Team Club and International Exprience AFTER 17 years ofage?
Another New Kindle -which you can get FREE as simple PDF
We have launched another new Kindle this week:
Soccer Coaching and the Web: A Digital Guide to Support Player Development.
Kindle Series Part 2:
'Developing a Network of Trusted Colleagues Online'
This Kindle Guide focuses on these aspects
Developing a network of trusted Colleagues
Developing an Online Profile
Collaborating Effectively with Colleagues
Online Note Taking
'10 Ways Twitter Can Improve Your Coaching'
The price of the Kindle is $2.59 (£1.55)
-for details click here but you can obtain this Publication for FREE as a PDF if you complete this short 5 minute online survey here on which social media sites you use and how you use them e.g. Who do you follow on Twitter ?
We are dedicated to the idea of using the web to support the development of soccer players and coaches.If you missed any of our previous Newsletter please you can see them all in our archive here To enroll on for the Sports Path Newsletter go here