It’s that awful time of year when clubs and players discover who is staying and who is leaving – and whether the team has enough players to keep going for the next season. MORE
What to do when you have players of different skill levels
My Under-8s side has players at very different skill levels. Some criticise others when things aren’t going well – how can I make them appreciate that it’s a team game and they’re all as important as one another?
Make sure you don’t single out individuals for praise at the end of a match. If your team did well, praise everyone. If they didn’t do so well, praise everyone!
Tell your players that your team is like a jigsaw – it needs all of its pieces (players) to be in the right place and no single piece is more important than any other.
Don’t allow cliques to develop at training sessions. If the ‘best’ players always seem to be standing together, split them up and play games that require children to work together.
And don’t ignore the situation. If you do you’ll have a lot of unhappy players!