To encourage your players’ technical and tactical development, you need to challenge them in different ways.
This can be as simple as creating an environment that includes a variety of game-like situations, formats, overloads and constraints.
Tailoring your coaching means that you can meet different needs – and it's fun for your players too. Futsal is another great tool. This game, with its heavier ball and smaller pitch, can help your players to hone their skills. It provides the perfect opportunity to play under pressure, deal with tight spaces and get creative.
The England DNA wants children to feel confident and capable in possession. If you move too quickly towards an adult version of football, your players may fail to develop important skills and abilities. For more info about how to support your Foundation Phase team, scroll down now.
Step one: players aged 5-8
At this age, it’s all about promoting ball contact, movement and small-sided games. Two versus two (2v2) is a great place to start: it gives the opportunity to work individually and provides a passing option if needed. Whilst younger children may not pass often, the benefits of being part of a game – and being on and around the ball – shouldn't be underestimated.
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