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Kerr: 5 secrets and techniques to Scotland’s historic success 

Scotland lately certified for his or her first FIFA Girls’s World Cup Shelley Kerr has overseen a serious change within the staff’s strategy She ...

  • Scotland lately certified for his or her first FIFA Girls’s World Cup
  • Shelley Kerr has overseen a serious change within the staff’s strategy
  • She explains the important thing elements behind their unprecedented success

The response stated all of it. Scotland, who had by no means made it to a FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ and had been underdogs all through their preliminary marketing campaign, had simply certified for France 2019.

For coach Shelley Kerr, the achievement was particularly candy. Kerr, in spite of everything, properly remembers being a part of a technology of Scottish gamers to whom such moments have been the stuff of desires.

The qualifying failures and frustrations she suffered throughout a 19-year worldwide taking part in profession additionally go away her properly positioned to evaluate why this Scotland staff succeeded the place so many predecessors failed. Kerr did so in an interview with, highlighting 5 key elements within the staff’s qualification.

1: Spirit and resilience

Of their seven victories en path to France 2019, 4 got here after Scotland had fallen behind. And the setbacks didn’t simply come on the sphere.

“The gamers have been examined each step of the way in which, and every time they’ve responded brilliantly. To offer you an thought, in our first sport, our baggage didn’t arrive and we ended up having to ask to borrow Belarus’s equipment simply to get some coaching in earlier than the sport. We’ve additionally had some bereavements to take care of alongside the way in which and, after all, we’ve usually gone behind in matches and needed to struggle again.

“For me, this staff has proven character in abundance. They’ve additionally been very targeted and decided. Scotland have had loads of ‘superb failures’ down the years however we weren’t eager about that, or in seeing ourselves as a small nation. I’ve at all times stated to the gamers that 99 per cent of the time you get out of a sport what you deserve, and I simply don’t purchase laborious luck tales. Our mantra is, ‘The ball doesn’t go into the online by likelihood’.”

2: Tactical modifications

Kerr made the daring resolution to alter the model that had served predecessor Anna Signeul properly for 12 years, introducing a extra expansive and attacking strategy.

“We needed to construct on what Anna had put in place, which was a really sturdy staff that was properly organised and difficult to interrupt down. We did loads of evaluation on the staff and appeared on the essential elements and tendencies on the high stage of girls’s soccer, and the place we might bridge the hole.

” our model of play, and being extra expansive from an attacking perspective, was key to that and is one thing we’ve labored very laborious on. We’ve at all times believed that we had gamers with the person expertise to try this, and that’s been borne out. Technically and tactically, the staff have matured massively throughout this marketing campaign.”

three: Embracing their Scottishness

Kerr requested her gamers to shed any inferiority advanced and maximise the optimistic attributes for which Scots have beforehand been famend.

“We laid down some guiding rules for the staff final 12 months and one of many issues we stated was, ‘Sure, look globally, but additionally do not forget that we’re Scottish’. We have to have our personal identification and our personal model – one which displays our tradition. I believe that hasn’t been obvious in Scottish nationwide groups prior to now, however we noticed that Scottishness in abundance through the Girls’s World Cup qualifiers.

“I’ve talked about Erin Cuthbert (a troublesome and gifted Chelsea ahead) on this respect earlier than as a result of she personifies what I’m speaking about. She’s streetwise, she’s gallus (a Scottish time period reflecting model and swagger), she’s assured and he or she’s a fighter with an actual want to win. That’s the type of Scottishness we’re in search of.”

four: Elevated professionalism

The overwhelming majority of Scotland’s gamers now play for main skilled golf equipment within the high flights of England, Sweden, USA and Italy.

“We now have so many gamers working in skilled environments that carry out the perfect in them, and that are so, so aggressive. We even have an excellent partnership with Sport Scotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport that facilitates the home-based gamers when it comes to power and conditioning and sport science.

“Targets are set and the gamers are very eager to see and enhance their stats – and to compete towards each other. We’ve closed that bodily hole to the highest nations, which was very obvious in years passed by. Doing that has additionally been very important to the way in which we wish to play as a result of you possibly can solely undertake a high-energy model you probably have the bodily capabilities to tug it off.”

5: The staff behind the staff

Kerr additionally highlighted the work accomplished behind the scenes by her “excellent” help workers, paying a particular tribute to No2 Andy Thomson.

“Andy’s a former skilled footballer however he had no prior expertise of girls’s soccer earlier than turning into my assistant – and that was really an enormous cause for me asking him to do the job. I already knew virtually all the gamers from having performed with or coached them, and I needed somebody to return in with no preconceived concepts.

“Andy has added a lot worth to the teaching staff and he has been an actual tower of power to me. We now have some huge debates and discussions however we’re at all times on the identical web page with regards to the staff. He was a striker, so attacking is his huge focus, and he’s additionally an excellent statistician with regards to efficiency options. He is in all probability much less emotional than me too, and I really feel our strengths actually complement one another’s.”

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