The Difference Between Amateur And Professional Soccer Coaching

When we talk about professional soccer coaching, the first thing that springs to mind, is the subject of access. Access to the players, access to facilities and equipment, access to medical care, access to coaches.

Let’s look at these access points in greater detail.

Access to players

In professional soccer coaching you’re able to train everyday, at least 4 hours a day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. It could work out to around 24 hours per week. At amateur level 24 hours of coaching may take 3 months to achieve. So in terms of players development, they will see progress faster because of the frequency of the coaching.

Access to facilities and equipment

At amateur level things may be very tight financially, so coaches will be limited with what support equipment they can provide. The training park may have to double up as the home pitch for games. The surface of the pitch maybe poorly maintained adding a risk element for players, due to lack of funds. Which may also mean only one kit for both home games and away games. Indoor training pitches are unlikely too, and sometimes just having enough footballs can prove to be a struggle.

Access to medical care

The difference between the amateur and professional game where medicine is concerned is huge. With professional soccer coaching you get the very best medical backup. Players are closely monitored to ensure they are in peak physical condition. Constant telemetry tracks the miles they run in training and match days.

This helps doctors to calculate how much rest is needed between games. But it doesn’t end there, players are screened regularly for their heart function, they’re also tested for lung capacity and oxygen levels. Add into the mix sports psychologists who ensure players are mentally prepared, and you are light years away from the amateur game.

Access to coaches

At the professional level you are going to get better coaching. But is this because the coaches are better, or because the coaches have more time with the players? The truth is probably a bit of both. Not every coach at professional level is going to be better than an amateur coach, just more fortunate. Although not every coach at the amateur level is going to be good either, however they are at a disadvantage because of the time they get to spend with players.

So to sum it all up, amateur coaching and professional coaching are the same thing.

You are essentially teaching the same game. However, with professional soccer coaching you are open to a whole host of resources, that enable you to massively improve the players in your squad.