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Colin Bennett said:
A good thought provoking blog Blake. I have coached both genders and at all different age groups in football and have found the following just relating to the girls:
1. At a young age the number of girl players was lower and so it was always a "boys" team with 1 or 2 girl players. These players were really into football and very supported by the parents - the dads (yes sorry it was usually the dads) were always there and would spend time watching and talking about football with their daughter. They (the girls) were very knowledgeable about the game and generally knew more and watched more football than the boys. So at that age, in that environment there was absolutely no difference in coaching the girls or boys.
2. As the girls got older they had to move over to girls only teams. Now they were in a team where a lot of players were there socially and so although the girls were the "stars" of the team they were no longer benefitting from their environment. As a coach you had to coach a range of players which meant turning it down a notch.
3. The better players would join academies, PDC, or the better local girl's teams and coaching was about developing the players and so was high level.
4. My current team is a higher level female team playing at a very competitive level. And I am finding very quickly that you have to find out about the individual players and what makes them tick and how to coach them both individually and as a team. I have found they need to be told the "why" a lot more than the men I have coached. I have to "create" competition within the session as they don't naturally want to beat each other. And positive individual reinforcement of their efforts brings more success than being negative. Although I find that a collective negative works well to galvanise the team as they possess a collective inner strength to do better.

I have to conclude that I agree with all the contributors to the blog.
1. Coach who is in front of you.
2. Coach to the environment.
3. Coach to the age group.
4. Coach to develop all the athletes in your charge.
5. Listen as much as you talk.
6. Keep learning.
7. Challenge them, challenge yourself.
8. Make it fun.
9. Prepare, deliver, review.
10. One size doesn't fit all - work out what makes your athletes tick and how to get the best out of them.
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Thank you for your input Colin, very interesting. I am planning a possible follow-up to this article. Hopefully a few more coaches will share their views. I linked to the article on the @CoachwiseUK Twitter account and there has been a positive response. Liam McCarthy is studying for a PhD in sports science and says he is keen to provide his thoughts after doing some work with Women's Super League footballers. Watch this space.
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Liam Mccarthy said:
Hi Blake. Still very happy to share my research on this, and provide additional thoughts for debate. Let me know.
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