HOW IT WORKS
Complete the form
First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can
Choose a topic area
View your results and choose an area to study
Identify two aims
Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on
Practice to improve
Let your coach know what you are working on
This webpage has been especially designed to help you reflect on your football development, and set goals to improve. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.
Goal-setting can be one of the best ways to learn and grow, and the skills of setting goals and reflecting on progress can be used in other non-football areas of life also (at school, for example). Let's start by watching a video...
Goals that are within our control
In order to set a goal for ourselves, we need to think about what we want to achieve. We need our goal to be realistic, and also within our control.
HOMEWORK TASK 1
Below are some examples of goals you might set yourself. Which of these goals are within our control?
- (a) To be a more accurate passer of the ball
- (b) To get into the school team
- (c) To become more confident at communicating in games
- (d) To win the tournament
- (e) To improve my weaker foot
Goals (b) and (d) are actually out of our control. They depend on other people, not just ourselves. For example, you might improve massively as a footballer - but if everyone else also improves at the same rate then you still may not get into the school team. And you may practice very hard but still not win the tournament because there was a team that was a little bit better than you.
Goals (a), (c) and (e) are all completely in our control. They are all dependent only on us, and will not be affected by anyone else. These goals are known as Performance Goals, and these are the types of goals we will be looking at.
HOMEWORK TASK 2
Choose an area of your football game that you want to improve. This could be a physical area such as speed, or a technical area such as ball control, or a psychological area such as confidence. It's up to you.
Next we are going to write a Performance Goal for your area. Ideally, goals should be measurable. In other words, a goal should be very specific so you know exactly what you are aiming for and you'll know when you get there. Let's have a look at some measurable goals:
- A swimmer sets a goal to swim a length of the pool in 45 seconds.
- A tennis player sets a goal that 75% of their first serves are on target.
- A hockey player sets a goal that 8 out of 10 of their passes go to a team-mate (rather than an opponent)
Making goals measurable isn't always easy. For example, if you chose to increase confidence, how could we measure this? If it's not possible to be exactly measurable, then just be as specific as possible. You could say something like "I want to improve my weaker foot so I can use it with ease in games".
HOMEWORK TASK 3
Write a Performance Goal for your area. Choose something within your control, and not influenced by other people. Be specific in what you want to achieve, and make the goal measurable if possible.
Put a realistic deadline on your Goal which says when you want to achieve the goal by. (For example, by end of September).
In the video below is US World Cup winning goalkeeper, Briana Scurry. Some say she is the best goalkeeper in history. Watch the first 4 minutes. Listen to her talk about the power of having a vision and setting goals. This is a very powerful example of someone who thought carefully about the details of their vision and goals. What can we learn from what she says?
One of the key messages to take from the video is that "Success depends on action". This is important. A goal without action is just a dream. In order to achieve our Goal, we need an Action Plan.
HOMEWORK TASK 4
Write down all the things you could do to help you achieve your goal. You may need to do some research here. For example, you may need to talk to your coach or your parent in order to find out what you need to do in order to develop in the area you have chosen.
The question you need to answer is: "What do I need to do each week in order to achieve my goal?". These could be things like practising with a ball, trying new things in games, playing more football etc.
Self-Reflection and Evaluating Progress
Once you have written your Goal, it is important to evaluate your progress. You can this by "reflecting" on how well you have done each week. For example, you may planned to do two hours practice time each week - but how many did you actually do? If you didn't do as you planned, then write down why not. Over time this will help you to see how well you are doing and what you need to do better.
HOMEWORK TASK 5
Each week or each month, you need to evaluate how you are doing. You can do this by using the Action Plan below.
- ACTION PLAN - Click the link and print the plan
Print the plan, complete it with details of your goal. Stick it on your wall or on the fridge - somewhere you can see it often. Keep it updated with your progress each week.
Finally, and very importantly, it is a good idea to learn about the Growth Mindset. Click here to take you to the learning page for this topic. This will help you to become a more confident learner, and it will help you to reach your Goal.
Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.
You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.
For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.
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