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For Coaches to Consider

Here are some thoughts you should consider as you plan a training session:

  • Make a plan and write it down.  Carry it on the field with you and use it as a guide.  Do not “Wing It”!
  • Instead of running to promote fitness, use small-sided games.  You will increase fitness, technique and tactics with SSG!!!
  • Use problem solving (Discovery Method) of teaching as much as possible.  For example, two team playing 3v3 – How can you get the ball from one end line to the other with three passes?
  • Do not use drills where the players are waiting in lines.  There is not enough training time as it is! Use activities!
  • Make all sessions as realistic to the game as possible.
  • Restrict each activity to a set time period.  For example, we will play 3v3 for seven minutes.  Then stick to it.  You will get more out of your team
  • Tell the player what they will be doing in the training session and why!

Dr. Jay Martin

Editor: United Soccer Coaches, “Soccer Journal” Author: Recently published his first book, “Lessons from a Great Coach: Develop a Winning Team Culture That Lasts!” Head Coach: Ohio Wesleyan is the winningest coach in NCAA men's soccer history with 749 wins, making him the first men's soccer coach to reach 700 wins. Heading into the 2023 season, he boasts a 749-158-80 record and a career winning percentage of .799, ranking 14th all-time in the NCAA. Under his guidance, the 2022 Bishops were NCAC tournament champions, and the staff was named NCAC Coaching Staff of the Year for the 10th time. In 45 seasons, Martin's teams have a 297-30-24 conference play record, winning 26 conference crowns. Martin led Ohio Wesleyan to NCAA Division III national championships in 1998 and 2011 and has reached the NCAA Division III semifinals nine times. His teams hold records for playoff appearances (43) and victories (65). Awards: 16-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year. Inducted into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame in 2020. Beyond soccer: A successful lacrosse coaching career and has turned out 61 All-America and 214 all-region or All-Midwest players in both sports. He served as president of the NSCAA and spent six years on the NCAA Division III selection committee. Martin, a professor and former athletics director at Ohio Wesleyan, has also been a color analyst for the MLS's Columbus Crew for nine seasons. Learn more about Dr. Jay Martin at Super Soccer Camp at Ohio Wesleyan University.