Managing training sessions and preparing your team physically and technically
It's essential to prepare your team to keep up the level of effort throughout the entire season. It's sometimes difficult to keep your group motivated during pre-season prep, in large part made up of muscle strengthening and cardio workouts—typically not players' favourite activities! To get the most out of those times, I recommend adding some exercises that involve touching the ball at the end of each session to keep your players motivated. The pre-season is also a good opportunity to organise some team activities together, like playing together at a park for fun or going to watch a football match. The team spirit that such activities build will be important during the season's tough moments, and believe me, they will come!
The pre-season is also an opportunity for you to test your players, try out different tactics, and, above all, get your team on the same page when it comes to work methods and playing systems.
During the season don't forget to vary the exercises from one session to the next to avoid boredom. And don't be afraid to include workshops on the basics like passing, dribbling, and shooting, to help players reinforce or improve on the fundamentals. Often it's helpful to wrap up a training session with some scrimmage play in order to prepare for the weekend match and get your team into the mindset for match conditions. And don't forget to praise and reward your team when they perform well, in whatever way seems best to you.