Have you ever considered how not having the soccer coaching and playing experience makes a dent on the career of a coach? Allow me to present different angles of a coach’s persona that can aptly be called the traits of a soccer coach.

Personality: Experience is valuable but personality is more powerful. How successful a coach is, is determined by his/her personality, whether the end-result is a fun game without any physical and mental pressures or the creation of a consistently strong team.

Knowledge of the game: It’s important for the coach to learn new tips and techniques in soccer. Making yourself familiar with the game's rules, strategies, and tactics is essential to winning the respect.

Enthusiasm and interest: In the middle of soccer training program, be a salesperson. Once the kids are interested in the session, inspiring them becomes easy. It's also crucial to be open to a player's needs with respect to the aims of the team, irrespective of their age. If you encourage questions, they are certain to enjoy the game.

Persistence and Patience: It is bad to ignore the inability of the player to perform soccer drills. When a player is unable to perform, he or she loses interest in the game. Setting goals that are unreal leads to frustration in players. As such, be patient and persevere as the players try to stay inspired moving from one session to another.

Ability to manage priorities: Devise a step-by-step method of learning that meets the needs of all players in the team. At the time of soccer coaching, the players should have adequate time to practice what they have learnt in the sessions. Only when each player has become an expert in a certain skill, teach the new one.

Single-mindedness: A coach must show special interest in the skills and social and moral behavior of every player. If you show sensitivity to their needs and are honest with them, you will win their hearts. For becoming a great player, strength of character in victory as well as in defeat puts down the foundation for a player's success.

Understand the learning process: A better understanding of the learning process will help in effective player and team development. Motivate the players to do exercises that aid in alteration of their thinking and acting.

Stimulate the players to learn soccer skills through participation, demonstration, and guidance. The learning process ends only when the kids do what they have been taught. Learning is a sum of both experience and teaching.

Imagination: Develop situations that challenge the player's imaginations, bring them pleasure in performing tasks, and serve important game drills. Inspire the players to make their sessions enjoyable and interesting.

Please yourself and take these soccer coaching attributes and there will be no reason why you won’t be rated as a superior coach. You can lay your hands on loads of relevant information pertaining to coaching young players in form of newsletters, articles, and videos by subscribing to our youth soccer coaching community.

Author's Bio: 

Andre Botelho is a recognized authority in Soccer coaching and has already helped thousands of youth coaches to dramatically improve their coaching skills. To explode your players' skills and make training fun, download your free Soccer Coaching ebook at: Youth Soccer Drills.