This post is brought about from numerous conversations, tweets, and texts about perceptions in team sports about successful programs, coaches, and players.

Team goes undefeated and wins a championship!

Perception: Great coach!

Team doesn’t win a game all season.

Perception: Bad coach.

Team wins a lot of games in consecutive seasons.

Perception: Great off-season workout/conditioning program.

Team doesn’t win a lot of games in consecutive seasons.

Perception: Poor off-season workout/conditioning program.


The Coaches Corner Chats Podcast has been an amazing experience focusing on the coach, as a person … beyond the tactics, beyond the training sessions!

I look forward to chatting with more coaches as I have begun season 2 of the podcast! But I want more … more opportunities to share the coach journey of my guests!

Couple of ideas I have to grow Coaches Corner Chats … Podcast

Continue to chat with guests on the podcast and post on


Look to create videos beyond just posting podcast episodes.

Twitter Spaces

I created a Twitter Space the other day to discuss the topic of “In Game Coaching”. The discussion focused on the questions:

During a game …

What is enough…

The more I get into coaching soccer, the more I continue to learn more about the great game of soccer!

I have spent a lot of time focusing on Periodization. That has led me to focusing on Player Load (physical, emotional, cognitive).

With the season over now, I am doing a deep dive into my program’s player weaknesses:

Inconsistent quality of decisions.

Inconsistent quality of executions.

Decisions: For many of…

OBJECTIVE: Have the most talented soccer team in the program on the pitch for each game during the season who are the most healthy and fit, mentally and physically.

Layout of the Weeks

Intro Week: I AM MiddiesSoccer / Zero Point Day

Weeks 1–2: 11v11–8v8 / Extensive Endurance Training

Weeks 3–4: 7v7–5v5 / Intensive Endurance Training

Weeks 5–6: 4v4–1v1 / Extensive Endurance Training

Session Types

Football Technical → Execution: Position — Moment — Direction — Speed

Football Tactical → Game Insight — Decision Making (Lots…


Execution (Monday)

— develop defensive vocabulary; field during the activity was too small; will need to make grid bigger for decision making (tactical) days.

Tactical (Tuesday / Wednesday)

— larger space was super helpful for the boys; players are recognizing that they don’t have to run so much and can still be effective;

Conditioning (Thursday)

— 2 games of 13:00 with 2:00 rest; effort good but room for improvement; must improve transitional moments individually and as a team.

Recovery (Friday)

— recognized that the boys seemed tired mentally/physically, so really wanted to run a very easy recovery session; did a very thorough warm-up and then played a game of kickball. So good for the team socially, mentally, and physically.

Planning on making some changes for next week by taking out one of the tactical days and adding in a weight room session. The change of venue and another opportunity for the boys to connect outside the turf will be super beneficial!

Next Week …

Monday: Lifting Session


Monday — torrential rain so cancelled this morning’s session.

Tuesday — Technical focus (9v9 on smaller pitch): stress team communication; individual position, moment, direction, speed.

Observations: communication is an issue; understanding communication such as “man on” = pass ball back (one touch) then look to play a forward pass (principle of play).

Wednesday — Tactical focus(9v9 on smaller pitch): scenarios, question (what options are available? what if this happens, then what? etc.)

Observations:backline must look to play vertical (very robotic at times and play laterally without…

Recap of this past week.

Wednesday: Team Meeting — set non-negotiable list; stress little things/expectations for summer sessions.

Thursday: Zero Point Day — Objective: How long can we play at high level before the effort and quality of play drops (soccer fitness)?

We played (11v11) 10:00 games with 2:00 rest…

I had a conversation yesterday with Tyler Wickham (@twickham06), assistant mens soccer coach at Notre Dame College, and he made a remark to a comment I made about “monitoring player training load”.

Tyler said “increased load leads to increased stress”.

But it’s what he said next that really caught my…

Hey this is Kieron, Coaches Corner Chats, and today I am talking MiddiesSoccer…FAMILY and specifically in this episode, “Don’t Be A Silo Coach!”

What I mean by this is, don’t get so locked in to your program (I’m talking at the HS level here). The reason why I am bringing…

Kieron Boyle

Head Coach Middletown High School Boys Soccer— 1on1withKieron Individual Player Training —Twitter: @coach_boyle — — 513.267.261

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