EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

6 ways to get your players working together

Preparing for a new season means getting players to work together as a team and building understanding between them.

Here are six ideas to help you prepare for the new season:

Start by getting to know all your players and finding out what each one of them does outside the game. When Phil Neville took over the England women’s national team he made some great points, find out in Get to know your team as boys and girls.

Team preparation is one area that teams of all levels must work on. In Team preparation key to Guardiola success you can find out how the top coaches prepare their teams for a winning start to the season.

Communication is the key to working as a team – a collapse in communication leads to a breakdown on the pitch. A simple move like Score from crosses looks easy but it is a great way to get players talking and combining in attacking areas. In the Sweeper game, a conductor gives instructions – if you’re not listening your team will lose. And it helps teamwork if you get your players get used to giving Info on the pass as a tactical skill.

To help younger players become more aware of their team mates, the walking game Robocops is great fun and gets youngsters talking to each other.

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