Prioritise enjoyment If you want a positive team, you need to make football fun. Players shouldn’t be standing in line waiting for their turn on the ball or worrying about making mistakes. They should have the freedom to play and the licence to get creative.
To build an environment that prioritises enjoyment, allow your team to express themselves, encourage them to try new ideas and notice when they do things well. Whether you’re working with U7s or the England senior teams, everyone can benefit from this approach.
Want to know if it’s working? Spotting smiling faces is a great sign, but nothing beats checking in with your players – they might even have some ideas to make your session more fun.
Connect with parents and carers The simple fact is that no-one knows your players better or has a bigger impact on their life. So, when it comes to building a positive team – and a love of football – it’s essential that you’re all on the same page.
Some simple ways to connect with parents and carers include:
- sharing your learning objectives before the session or game
- holding your team talk within earshot
- working together to create a code of conduct.
You can also ask them to set a good example for your players by talking to ‘opposing’ parents on matchday and respecting the referee’s decisions.
Want to know more about how to build a positive team? Check out The FA Playmaker course – For All and for free.