The mission of the Performance Profile is to inspire players to take ownership of their personal development and growth. By taking a snapshot of key performance indicators and suggesting areas of development focus, we hope all players can accelerate their growth, both on and off the field.
A players personal development starts with understanding where they are at the moment, versus where they want to be, and what is expected of them to get there. To understand and identify development opportunities, players need to know their strengths and weaknesses. And this is exactly the kind of feedback the Performance Profile provides.
At the end of each COE season the profile will identify 3 characteristics, that if developed further would have the greatest impact on overall development. Two of these characteristics will be weaknesses and players will be advised to try and improve these during the upcoming three month period. The third characteristic will be the players greatest strength.
Identification of key characteristics to be improved, should assist the player in forming a focussed plan of action for working on elements of the game that are less well established, as well as helping to reduce any uncertainty the player should have as to what to work on.
This feedback may then be used to form the basis of the initiation of training goals to facilitate the player improving their scores on the characteristics identified as well as impacting on other, related characteristics and, as a consequence, raise their competency scores overall.
Although in coaching there has traditionally been a reliance on deficit-focused feedback, the use of feedback that acknowledges and reinforces areas of relative strength are also beneficial as a basis for development. While it is important that such feedback does not result in players employing the characteristic as their ‘go-to’ default skill or it becoming the sole basis of their soccer identity, it does demonstrate to players that strengths are recognized.
This provides a stimulus and incentive for focussing on both ends of the development spectrum. As a consequence of adopting this dual approach, motivation and enjoyment are likely to be enhanced, not to mention the mental health benefits.