One of the best things you can do to become a better coach and to help your players at the same time is to video each game and then analyze the game video afterwards in the peace and solitude of your home / office.
SocrPro is a great FREE source for this game analysis.
The truth of what really happened during the game will present itself to you and then you will truly understand what happened in the game versus what you “thought” happened in the game.
Your “game eyes” will lie to you on a regular basis so you will make poor decisions about your team and players based upon faulty information i.e. garbage in, garbage out. You will incrementally become a better coach by watching your games and breaking them down for the players.
Your players will become better as they become smarter from the knowledge transfer you provide. When players have the opportunity to see with their own eyes what they are actually doing in a game, they will do more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff.
But …(BIG BUT), you need to tell them, you need to show them, you need to make it simple for them to understand or they will not get any benefit from watching their game film.
You need to coach them through the video the same way you coach them through practice and games.
When you incorporate video analysis into your coaching, you will become a better coach, your players will become smarter, better, players, you’ll win more games and everyone will be happier – guaranteed!