Most 5-8 year olds won’t be anywhere near this yet and will still be developing their own individual mastery of the ball, their body and ultimately, their decisions.
For our 9-11 year olds, the ability and willingness to combine effectively with teammates will become more important, but this doesn’t mean we forget about the impact an individual can have on the game.
Individual brilliance must be encouraged – even as the team takes on greater importance. We want to produce players who have the individual capacity to change a game.
Here are some things we can support the players with, while remembering that individual mastery of the ball will still be a work in progress:
- Help players understand the value and power of combining with teammates.
- Put the players in tight situations to ‘force’ clever combinations.
- Help players with supporting positions and body shape.
- Encourage the use of different parts of the foot.
- Recognise and celebrate attempts to combine with teammates.
- Ensure lots of practice to refine decision-making.
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