February 6, 2007
Referees - You Guys Are My Heroes!
Koach Karl - Here's Part 3 of 4 from Coach Gianni…
We have a great responsibility. Our job is to teach the kids the
fundamentals of soccer. Practices are so short so, every year, let’s
set a simple target that we can reach at the end of the season. Not
the same for every player. You know exactly what the strengths and
weaknesses are of all of your players ’individually’. So set a goal
for each of them, like cross, shoot, trap, pass or whatever. Divide
them in groups and just develop that unique soccer skill, with
different exercises, for the whole season. Clearly, besides that,
develop the whole team in doing a few fixed plays. A counter attack or
move all together, or work on corner in defense and in attack, or play
possession. Set one simple topic and always work on that. Year after
year you’ll have a competitive team that you have built brick by brick
on top of something solid, that was put there correctly and can hold
the rest of the construction.
Give them home work about foot work. 10 minutes a day of 10 simple
exercises, 1 minute each.
You guys are my heroes. I really thank you for all your sacrifices in
studying the laws of the beautiful game with the only result, if you
are lucky, of being insulted for the whole game, if not worse!
You, besides the other ‘actors’ like players and coaches, are the main
protagonists, that have to pretend not even to be there, that
permits soccer to exist and be passed to the next generations.
Having said this and having thanked you one more time for your passion
and dedication that permits all of us to enjoy our passion, if you
have a chance, please try to improve a litt le your fitness and be
closer to the action for better judging of what happens. I know that
sometimes you referee many games during the week and you have to
distribute your energy considering the next games but, just a little
more back and fourth, would be greatly appreciated. In particular, in
doing the correct diagonal so you constantly face your line-man,
supposing that you are so lucky to have one, and don’t have to judge
even the off-side from an impossible angle so, you bring home your
extra portion of insults.
I’m a professional coach, so I’m getting paid (not enough!!!!) for
coaching but I’ll NEVER, EVER do what you do even if I would get
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