1st team coach - professional profile

1st team coach - professional profile

Currently the 1st team coach job demands a profile that has to touch in different branches of a professional football team. The ability to be flexible, loyal, to follow the Manager?s philosophy and guidelines is the trigger point of an excellent professional. He has to be focused on improving the performance of players and team alike through the establishment of effective development strategies along with the Manager, applying extensive knowledge and a well-rounded skill set to solve problems and adapt to change. Other abilities as the game knowledge (strategic and analyst planner), methodological skills to lead the training in the field, management principles to develop and coordinate the work in the pitch integrated in a team of staff, leadership capacity to integrate a multidisciplinary team between the motivation of staff and the different profile of each player.

Work ethic
The coach has to be reliable and to demand high standard from self and others to ensure consistent progression. He should understand that players must be challenged as well as supported to produce competitive and mentally prepared professionals.
He has to encourage a productive working environment in which there are close relations between all players, coaches, and other staff. The professional has to try to get the best of each individual promoting the participation in the Club’s daily life making everyone to a part of the family.

Game knowledge and Player development/evaluation
To be a part of a football coaching staff team knowing the game is a must especially to the 1st team coach that has to know it from the basis to the more complex structure of the game. In this field is important to permanent analyze the game evolution in the high performance level (top competitions) to structure the vision of the coach in the present and what is the best path to follow in the future.
The coach needs to identify where players can improve and to design training programs to develop these areas. Prioritizes a clear and structured system so players have specific targets to aim for, and implements phase specific drills that improve game intelligence and decision making skills.
The Manager has to make good decisions regarding the players and to help him the 1st team coach should have Scouting skills in order to evaluate and analyze the team and even to identify potential players do advise.

Training methodology skills
The professional has to have vision and knowledge about the training trends and what are the most recent approaches regarding football training. This knowledge will help him to integrate the information that is produced by the other staff elements.
The 1st team coach has to embrace different areas of knowledge (Sports Science) to gather the most important information to communicate to the Manager. In this field he has to be capable of articulating and plan the Team’s work with different staff professionals and to create a good working environment.
Every drill and session should focus on improving the decision making capabilities of the players, leading to more intelligent and confident players on the pitch regarding the Manager’s Philosophy. There should be a direct link between in game situations and the training exercise, so if the players are taught through specific phases of play they will have a greater chance of applying what they learn to a match scenario.

Management and coordination capacities
Managing a group of individuals demands an organized coach which can coordinate a group of staff and to lead the work in the pitch. He has to have a good decision making capacity under pressure to assure that the guidelines stablished by the Manager are follow.
The coach has to be able to foster a competitive focus during training sessions, which will also be beneficial, because players that are encouraged to be competitive and disciplined in training will in turn carry this attitude into matches. A 1st team coach has to be able to communicate and to promote a positive working relationship between the team.
The Manager, in his decisions, has a huge pressure, so his right arm has to have a sense of fairness and assertiveness that can support him. 

“Football psychologist”
Working as 1st team coach leads to big number of situations in which our personality, playing experience and psychological knowledge are put to test. In this job the professional needs to know how and when to act (for instance after winning or losing). This can make the difference in reducing the pressure around the players and to release them from it.
In this field the coach has to reach the staff and the players in order to know them and to help when there is the need. This way the 1st team coach will help the Manager to identify potential trigger moments that can be crucial to the team’s performance.
In the present, managing emotions in the right way can promote a commitment environment in which all individuals search for the team’s success. The coach has to have a sensible and flexible profile because in specific moments acting in the right way will promote positive emotions and results.

In my perspective a good marriage between the Gaffer and the 1st team coach will promote a positive work environment between the staff and the players. Most of all it will build emotions between the individuals as a family and this bonds will lead to the Team’s objectives.
Organization, training, work ethic and fairness can build great things between a Team and great things will give us something to remind, the great emotions of this Game.


Sobre Bruno Romão

Bruno Romão

A highly experienced and qualified UEFA PRO football coach having worked for elite level clubs including Sporting Clube de Portugal and Al-Hilal Saudi FC as well as the Portuguese Football Federation and Cape Verde National Team. Focused on improving the performance of players and teams alike through the establishment of effective development strategies, applying extensive knowledge and a...

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