NWS coaches understand that a planned matchday is crucial to develop skilful players who know and understand the skills of the game. Therefore, the following information is provided as a recommendation for what coaches should consider within their matchday environment in order to facilitate player development.


  • Set clear arrival times
  • Set up changeroom (if available) and warm-up area
  • Deliver a team talk
  • Warm up & injury prevention 
  • Announce starting line up
  • Consider and pre-plan, if appropriate, substitutions
  • Set team outcomes
  • Set individual player outcomes


  • Assess play on and off the ball for DNA outcomes
  • Keep to cultural expectations
  • Ensure all people understand their roles and expectations
  • Define half-time team talk messages
  • Deliver team talk to all players (potentially using whiteboards)
    • Coaches should keep to no more than 3 main points
  • Talk to individual players where appropriate
  • Finish with resilient & ruthless messages to motivate players


  • Leave ground/change room tidy
  • Reflect on:
    • What individual and team outcomes did you achieve?
    • Are there any other DNA outcomes which need attention?
    • What will my focus be for next week’s training sessions?
    • Is there any information that other people need to know?

Example team talks

Below is an example of a team talk delivered by NWSF AYL coach, Connor Lovely. You can see in the video his use of the whiteboard and DNA language to support player understanding.