EP 67 – José Figueira – Head Coach of the New Zealand U17 Men


Today on the show I’m joined by José Figueira.

José is currently the head coach and director of football at Team Wellington FC, where in 2017 he led the team to a New Zealand Football Championship at his first attempt. Under José, Team Wellington also won the 2018 OFC Champions League, qualifying for their first ever FIFA Club World Cup.

José also holds coaching positions with New Zealand Football, including assistant coach of the national men’s team and head coach of the men’s U17s.

José moved to New Zealand in 2003 after both playing and coaching stints in the UK.

It this episode, José discusses growing up in the UK with Spanish parents, his love of football and how it developed, why individualising development is so important for the youth player, dealing with pressure, and much more.

You can find José @JoseCoaching on Twitter.


Highlights from the show:

  • The huge influence José’s Dad had on his beliefs and values
  • Why the experiences José had in school P.E. significantly affected his career choice
  • How José landed his first full time coaching position in the game
  • José’s coaching philosophy and why it continue to evolve
  • The youth player, and optimising development
  • The one think José keeps in mind every time he goes out to coach
  • The importance of open, honest discussions in youth sport
  • Adversity, and its effect on development
  • What every young Kiwi player needs to do to make it in the world of football

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