Positive Coaching Alliance: How watching the World Cup with their coaches can benefit youth players

Positive Coaching Alliance: How watching the World Cup with their coaches can benefit youth players

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching EducationParent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

Erin Chastain is the women’s soccer head coach at DePaul University. Before bringing her coaching talents to Chicago in 2007, Chastain served as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University, where she helped the program win four West Coast Conference titles and reach the championship match of the 2002 NCAA Championship. 

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off next week, Chastain advocates for youth coaches to watch matches with their players. Erin explains how these matches serve as an opportunity for coaches to analyze the play of some of the world’s top players and point out specific skills and strategies to their own youth players. Coaches can also use the matches as a quiz by instructing players to focus on a player who plays their same position, and ask them what they learned from watching that player after the game.

Coaches can host watch parties for their players and their families, which also serves as a team building exercise to strength camaraderie. 

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