We often look at great football players who may not be the quickest or strongest physically but who have what appears to be a natural ability to do the right thing at the right time, during a game that is packed with variables and pictures that are ever-changing.

With the modern game becoming faster-paced both in and out of possession, decisions by players need to be made more rapidly than ever before.

But is it a natural ability, or can better decision-making be coached in players?

This course brings together the expert knowledge of our football coaching and academic Mentors to help you understand what good decision-making is.

You will learn about the science behind how good decisions are made and how you can develop sessions to coach your players to make better decisions and become more creative in matches.

Through this course, our expert Mentors will guide you through the underpinning science behind decision-making and help coaches understand how they can develop players who make better choices on the football pitch.

This course will enable you to:

  • To understand what decision-making is and science behind the process of decision-making
  • To understand the mechanics behind each step of the decision-making process
  • To have an understanding of what good and bad decision-making looks like but more importantly why these decisions have been made
  • To understand how to create coaching sessions that support your players to make better decisions.
  • To understand the considerations and adaptations when coaching decision-making.

Six Course Lessons and Quizzes

26 Decision-Making Videos

30+ Sessions and Practices

Course Workbook and CPD Certificate

01: What Is Decision-Making

In this lesson we introduce the decision-making process and consider what good decision-making and poor decision-making looks like is.

02: Decision-Making Skills

In this lesson we delve deeper into the decision-making process and looked closely at the different stages and skills that are required to make the most effective decisions.

03: The Mechanics and Theory Behind Decision-Making

In lesson three we build on the knowledge learned so far and help you understand how experience and memory can affect how decisions are made. We also look at a master at work, and assess how Xavi Hernandez acts before, during and after having possession of the ball.

04: What Does Decision-Making Look Like?

In part four we consider the principles and theories of decision-making and apply them to match situations, sharing a number of various moments in games, from an individual and team perspective, both in and out of possession, while attacking and defending.

05: Developing Decision-Making and Creative Players

In this lesson we arm you with a whole host of practice ideas from Pro-Licence Coach Ben Garner with the focus on improving decision-making and awareness. We also share ‘game-realistic’ practices to mimic scenarios within a football match to provide more challenges and pressure for players.

06: Considerations and Adaptations

In the final lesson we offer principles and advice around planning your sessions, preparing yourself as a coach, ensuring players understand the messaging and are receiving appropriate information. There are also session concepts to help you learn about where your players are currently with regards to their game awareness and ability to make decisions.

07: Course Summary

The course summary goes through everything we’ve learnt throughout the course and offers some further reading and references to help you understand ‘decision-making’ and level-up your coaching.

This extensive Decision-Making in Football course has been developed in collaboration between our MiMentor technical and academic experts, supported by our team of football coaches.

Ben Garner is a highly respected UEFA Pro Licence Coach with a proven track record in developing elite young players.

During an eight-year spell at Crystal Palace Academy he coached players including Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Clyne and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Ben spent then three years with the Eagles’ first team, and has also had spells at West Bromwich Albion, Indian Super League club ATK and as manager at League One side Bristol Rovers.

He has collaborated with MiMentor on the ‘Coach’s Toolbox Series’, which includes courses on  The Art of Effective Communication, Planning and the FREE Creating an Identity module.

Ben Garner

Jamie Godbold, a former professional footballer with Stoke City, has spent the past 18 years in various coaching roles, starting at Norwich City Community Sports Foundation before making the move to the FA.

There he was deployed as a specialist foundation phase skills coach prior to taking a role within the Coach Education department. He is a leading specialist coach educator, working with grassroots level coaches on the technical and tactical side of coaching both in training and competition.

Godbold has continued his involvement within non-league football as a player and served as manager of AFC Sudbury, Kirkley & Pakefield, Wroxham and currently Lowestoft Town.

Jamie Godbold

Itay Basevitch is a sport psychologist and has worked with athletes and teams at various levels and across different sports.

His research, applied focus and expertise is on measuring and training decision-making skills of players in team sports, mainly in football.

Itay has research publications in the top journals and has several book chapters about decision-making in football. Itay is currently an adjunct professor in sport psychology.


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