About

My name is Jeff Mitchell, I am a Community Sport Advisor for Sport Auckland. My role is to develop sport coaches, clubs and volunteers, which I do through workshops, mentoring and written resources. I have also run my own sport coaching consultancy for the past 9 years – Premier Coaching Services Limited.

This blog discusses the various ways that coaches can develop and improve. The main messages is that coaches should grow – as coaches and as individuals – and that by doing so they will help their athletes to grow. We grow by challenging ourselves, by reflecting on what we do, by learning, and by setting and working towards goals. Every day is another chance to improve.

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  1. Hi jeff.i sent you a message regards triggers to look out for in soccer.i have read up alot on your work and have found it a big help in my own coaching.thank you for your help

    • Hi Jonathan, some thoughts on helping to recognise cues when coaching soccer:
      – Make trainings realistic (e.g. use small-sided games). This means that players will get used to seeing – and searching for – the relevant cues. Drills and unrealistic activities do not contain the correct cues for them to look for.
      – Ask targeted questions to get players to look for the cues. These could be “What did you see” questions, “Where is …” to get them looking at the environment, questions like “What do you look for to do …” etc.
      – Work on developing technique and comfort on the ball. If a player can control and manipulate the ball by feel then they are free to get their head up and survey the environment (search for cues).
      – Encourage players to use their vision (the above questioning can help here). Silent soccer, holding up cones etc and using conditions such as making eye contact before passing can all improve vision.
      – Encourage players to look BEFORE they receive the ball – using their anticipation rather than reacting.
      – Look at a situation, tactic or technique and decide what are the cues that help a player to make the correct decision in that situation. Then set up small sided games that present those cues, in that situation, and have the players solve problems based on them.
      – The use of video can be helpful – pausing and having the player identify what in the environment could be a cue. This will help them to understand where in the environment to look.

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