For young players to reach their full potential, coaches must encourage development in all four corners of The FA’s player development model.
Modern coaches must be skilled in the technical, physical, social and psychological issues which impact on player development. Having an understanding that methods and approaches must be changed and adapted for different individuals is crucial to the process.
Three introductory fact sheets focusing on psychology for you to download are included here, with information on the Five C’s – a model used in The FA Advanced Youth Award that looks at Commitment, Communication, Concentration, Control and Confidence.
The fact sheets offer information for coaches, parents and youth players and act as initial starting point to help increase your awareness and confidence in influencing important psycho-social skills for players.
The 5 C's: Five Essential Mental Skills for Young Footballers
An overview of the 5 C's model, this fact sheet outlines how each of the 5 C's relates to a young player's development
Developing the 5 C's in Training: Top Tips For Coaches
This fact sheet provides some helfpul hints and tips for how coaches can integrate the 5 C's model in to training sessions
The 5 C's: Top Tips for Parents
This fact sheet provides 10 top tips for parents to help young players improve their 5 C's
The FA’s Research Manager for Psychology and co-author of the forthcoming book Talent Development in Football, Dr Matt Pain, explains that the information included on these fact sheets are meant to be integrated into training sessions rather than used to lead them:
“Coaches play a significant developmental role in shaping these qualities in youth players, and all of these qualities can be focused on within natural coaching sessions,” he said.
“We encourage coaches to weave these psychological skills into the fabric of normal technical and tactical coaching practice at developmental stages where your players are most open to psychological skills training.”
More psychology information and updates will appear on the Licensed Coaches’ Club website and we will alert you to these updates as they happen via our official Twitter account, www.twitter.com/StGeorgesPark.
Talent Development in Football, due to be published later this year, is a study into the science that supports The FA’s core psychology and learning research and underpins The FA Tesco Skills Programme, Youth Awards and The Future Game.