NWSF 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 for players
- Set up changeroom (if available) and warm-up area. You may like to place posters of key information on the walls, if possible (such as set piece responsibilities)
- This may include announcing the starting line up
- Deliver a clear, concise & consistent team talk. Try to use language which is familiar to the players, and reinforce information that you have covered in training or previous matches
- Complete a warm up, including injury prevention
- Consider and pre-plan, if appropriate, substitutions. This may be particularly applicable for younger players
- Assess on and off the ball for DNA outcomes and your style of play
- Maintain cultural expectations and reflect the values of your environment in how you conduct yourself, and communicate with others
- Prior to half-time, plan the main message of your team talk
- Deliver team talk to all players (potentially using whiteboards)
- Coaches should keep to no more than 2-3 main points
- Consider ‘signposting’ your team talk by clearly outlining what you are going to say at the start
- Talk to individual players where appropriate. Give them clear cues that link to your main points.
- Finish with motivational resilient & ruthless messages to motivate players
- You may debrief with your team on the main messages of the game.
- However, this should be concise – no more than 2-3 minutes
- 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.