A Soccer Coaches’ Guide to Mind Mapping, an interactive coaching learning resource specifically designed to support the learning process of coaches, is a tool that will help you become an expert coach. Although this particular learning resource uses soccer examples, it is a technique that can be universally applied within any sporting context and accessible to coaches undertaking any sporting qualification. Because the current demands of modern-day (soccer) coaching require coaches to know and deliver a greater deal of knowledge to players, the mind mapping technique aims to support the coaching process by helping you to identify and develop your ability to recall technical and tactical knowledge from memory. Additionally, the resource can be used to help facilitate the knowledge acquisition process as the learner journeys through their coaching qualifications while developing key learning skills.
This book focuses on developing how you–the coach–can remember, organize, and deliver the technical and tactical information that your players need. The learning resource is divided into seven step-by-step chapters, with guidelines for developing, creating, and evaluating the impact of the mind mapping technique. Throughout the learning resource, familiar soccer themes are used to help you follow the mind mapping examples with ease. The chapters also include simple worksheets for you to practice the mind mapping technique, reflect on your development, and set personal targets. So go ahead–learn, coach, develop!
About the Author
Temisan Williams is an UEFA licensed coach and MSc sports science graduate. He is a senior education officer at West Ham United Foundation and worked within Youth and Professional Development Phases at category 1 and 3 soccer academies. Temisan has over six years of experience working within women and men’s soccer across the grassroots and elite level.
Dr. Misia Gervis is a chartered psychologist and Postgraduate Programs director (Coaching & Performance/ Sport Psychology) at Brunel University. She has been a senior consultant sport psychologist to the FA (English soccer association) since 2002 and founding member of the British Olympic Association Psychology Advisory Group. Misia was the sport psychologist to the English women’s senior national soccer team and accompanied them to the World Cup in 2007 and the European Championships in 2009.