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Match Day Coaching - Half Time

The game is the ultimate feedback. Matchday is, therefore, a golden learning experience for both players and coaches. Our natural temptation is to put every moment of the first half under a microscope of investigation, believing this will support our players to make better decisions in the second half. Does it though? Here are a few ways to have more impactful half times...


“We have a vision where we want a self-organised team: not just 11 players on the pitch but 11 coaches”
FC Nordsjaelland

🗣 Information Sharing:

Who are you interacting with and when? How are you sharing information amongst the player group? What are you doing to make your message impactful and embedded? Is it always the same players speaking? How can you engage the non-engaged?


Are you connecting with certain players and coaches to capture their thoughts before further sharing these messages to the group? Less is sometimes more and the sharing of stories are anchors of behaviour and actions to support the coming periods of play.


📍 Position-specific feedback:

How many times have we stood in the huddle at halftime and heard the coach spend 10 minutes going on about midfield connections or attacking movements yet 2/3 of the squad are standing there not getting any feedback?