Our Coaching Philosophy

In the beginning (see JUFA Coaches), we coach the kids in the academy how to deal with each other and respect their differences. The concept is simple: respect leads to trust, and trust between any group of individuals always produces positive results.

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Sometimes kids do not know why they are there, and that’s normal too. Since football in Jordan has traditionally been taught and coached using game-centric methods, it may take time for some players to see the full picture.

The next step is to observe each player’s behavior through his interactions with me and the other kids. This helps in knowing how to ask what is it they want out of the football course and relatively to their own lives. This sequence of steps creates a comfort zone for the players to showcase their abilities while always keeping the game of football in perspective.

The practice atmosphere is a positive, comfortable environment that gives the kids the courage to speak about their ambition in life and what bothers them on and off the field.

Another role for the coach comes in effect when he becomes a problem solver. The coach should react as a mentor, by pointing out the positive ways to deal with the problem, leaving the decision-making to the kids. The trust in their ability to make a decision empowers the kids and helps in the development of their personalities.

Practices, matches, tournaments, team lunches, and gatherings are social events that provide opportunities for bonding and building strong relationships between the players, regardless of their social backgrounds. At JUFA, character-building is not limited to scheduled practice times, it is an exercise that continually takes place in all of the academy’s activities.

Finally, the training covers both the physical fitness and the technical aspects the game demands from the players in order to practice in a healthy and knowledgeable manner.

Physical training is closely monitored. According to the age group and the tolerance levels of each individual player to avoid injuries. I use elastic training methods, which are both fun and endurable. This training strengthens the joints, develops muscles using only body weight and is a process that comes naturally to the human body.

Building self esteem

How a coach deals with the kids’ mistakes during practice and matches is crucial. All players from amateurs to professionals make mistakes. It is, therefore, up to the coach to correct and direct.

When a player makes a mistake, more often than not, he knows he made one. The coach should know that and should confirm by asking for example “What if you pass it to the left winger” and then listen. The coach can ask “Can you show me another choice? Which do you think would serve this situation best?” Challenging the player can be an effective method of assessing his level of understanding and pin-pointing his area of weakness.

By doing so, we encourage the kids to use their minds and see their options, and therefore, make better decisions.

Kids will always look up to their coaches, which is why I am a believer in leading by example. If the coach is enthusiastic but also calm, the kids will adapt such manners and a winning team is born on and off the pitch.

This coaching method, as developed by the English FA is characterized by the four corners:

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