It is vital to encourage your young players who don't have the ball to get into positions to support the player who does. The following tips and soccer drill will boost their awareness.
When you hear the shouts: "Coach he's not passing to me!" you have to find out why – often it's because the player is not making himself available for the pass.
The skills you are looking for in your players – and you're the coach so you need to find these in them – are:
- Communication – calling out names letting everyone know where you are.
- Taking a position that allows the player on the ball to see you.
- Being in a good position to see what is going on.
- Good first-touch skills.
- Good ball position skills.
Set up support play drill
Set up an area 30 x 20 metres and play four attackers against two defenders. Put a target player at each end of the pitch – they must stay outside the pitch behind the back lines.
Soccer drill tips
"Make yourself available."
"Call for it."
"Make an angle."
"Pass and move."