Your players are heavily influenced by the ‘development journey’ they experience – and, good or bad, it’ll show when they play.
If you've grown up playing football, chances are that someone told you to 'find the easy pass', 'get rid of the ball' or 'play the way you face'.
Whilst this advice might provide short-term relief from pressure, it also reduces time spent on the ball. As a result, players have less opportunity to work on their technical and tactical abilities.
To help avoid this, the England DNA asks coaches to see the Foundation Phase as a period of investment. During this time, possession is an 'individual event' first and each child needs lots of time on the ball. This will help them to develop the skills required at a senior level, e.g. creativity, decision-making and confidence in possession.
Remember: if we want to produce players who have a positive impact on England's future, improving technical ability is a must. To find out how this applies to children in the Foundation Phase, scroll down now.
Step one: players aged 5-8As a Foundation Phase coach, your sessions are likely to be a player’s first experience of football. This isn’t the time to impose the ‘adult’ game on your team. Instead, focus on helping them to build a secure and confident connection with the ball – one that allows experimentation, creativity and exploration.
At this age, we want every child to: