Starting a New Game Checklist

Make sure you have your house in order before clicking continue with our ‘starting a new game checklist’.

Taking the job at a new club brings great responsibility and there are many considerations to factor-in from the get-go. If you want to get off to a good start and get the most out of your club, staff, players and self you’ll need to take action straight away.

Sam Allardyce organises his team from the touchline

  • Meetings – meet the board, staff, players and media. Understand the expectations, outline your philosophies and make requests to the board
  • Arrange pre-season friendly’s – every player needs some game time to build up their match fitness before the season starts proper. You might give some of your fringe players game time with the reserves/under 21’s
  • Assess the current squad – looks at the strengths and weaknesses of your players, possible formations, player familiarity with tactics, set piece takers, captain/vice-captain, and whether your short of numbers in certain areas
  • Assess the market – knowing what your team needs take a look potential signings, whether free transfers, loan deals or permanent signings
  • List players – transfer list any players who are surplus to requirements and try to loan out talented youth players who’s development would benefit from a temporary move away
  • Training – setup your training schedule (whole team and individual) and assign your coaches to specific areas. You may want to use a different pre-season schedule to the one used throughout the season. Will your players be getting a day off?
  • Create set plays – plan your set plays for both attacking and defending corners and free kicks
  • Assess your staff – Have you got enough coaches? What’s the ability of your scouting team like? At the start of a game you have an opportunity to release staff who are surplus to requirements, but be careful not to get rid of too many at once!
  • Set team preferences – apply responsibilities to your staff members and decide who is best placed to give advice you on various footballing matters

What else do you do at the start of a new game? Let us know in the comments below and we might add your suggestions to the list!