Soccer coaches develop the skills of individual players and help teams to win games. They are generally former players who want to pass on their knowledge and skills by coaching in schools and colleges, as well as in amateur and professional soccer clubs. They develop their coaching skills through certification by organizations such as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America or US Youth Soccer.
Coaches plan and supervise training sessions to develop general fitness and specific soccer skills. They may manage a team of coaches who focus on specific areas, such as defensive or offensive play, or goalkeeping. During training sessions, they practice tactics for specific plays such as free kicks or corner kicks. Coaches develop different types of training sessions for different periods. In the pre-season period, they concentrate on helping players regain their fitness and sharpness. During the competitive season, they aim to maintain the fitness of the team for upcoming games and balance intense training with recovery sessions after games.
To plan tactics for games, coaches study the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams and consider the best way to approach each game. At the professional level, coaches study videos of opponents’ games and highlight important issues, such as defensive weaknesses or a team’s ability to counter-attack quickly. Before a game, they decide the formation the team will adopt and explain the roles each player must take in that formation.
Coaches generally choose the 11 players and the substitutes for each game from a larger, practice squad. They base their decisions on the tactics they have chosen and the importance of the game. If they are playing a relatively weak team in the upcoming game, but face difficult opponents in the following game, they may decide to rest key players from the first game. Teams in contention for titles or major trophies may adopt a policy of squad rotation, changing three or four players in each game, rather than retaining a fixed team. Rotation enables coaches to give all squad players game time, and keeps the squad fresh through a long season.
Games are a major test of a coach’s abilities. Before the game, they must motivate the team to play at their best from the start. During the game, they follow play to ensure that the team is following the tactics and issue instructions to maintain momentum. If the game is going badly, coaches must decide whether to change tactics or make substitutions to deal with problems. At half-time, they review the first half with the team, highlighting any problems and motivating them to maintain performance or improve. After the game, they review the team’s performance with the players and identify any issues that they will work on in preparation for the next game.
Coaches must ensure that they have a squad that is strong enough to compete effectively throughout the season. They monitor the performance of each player during the season and must also take account of injuries to the players. If they find weaknesses in the squad, they must recruit new players, working with teams of scouts or negotiating with players’ agents at the professional level. In larger soccer clubs, the coach may be able to draw on players who were previously in the reserve team or are members of the club’s youth team.
COACH ISIAKA UMORU
Other Names: UMORU
DOB: / AGE : 2nd October 1986
State Of Origin: BENUE
Highest Educational level: NATIONAL DIPLOMA
Phone Number: 07037231410
Your Brief Football History: (Not more than a page)
Previous Teams played for and duration:
Obeya Babe – 1994
El-kanemi Warriors – 1995 – 2003
Plateau United – 2003
Harmrom Sparta of Malta – 2005 – 2009
Malsa FC of Malta – 2005 – 2009
Alha St.Joseph FC of Malta – 2005 – 2009
Commencement of coaching: 2013
Teams coached so far:
Apa United FC – 2013 – 2015
Lucky Star FC – 2015 – 2016
Dream FC – 2016 – 2017