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  • Keep high concentration at all times.
  • Stay fit – endurance and strength.
  • Be positive and play your best.
  • Have realistic expectations of teammates.
  • Communicate on the field (don’t scream or blame each other).
  • Have the ability to combine with players.
  • Show creativity and vision.
  • Play the way you’re facing (play simple).


  • Be aware at all times.
  • Play smart and anticipate.
  • Always get behind the ball on defense.
  • Stay on the goal side when defending.
  • When challenged, make the play predictable so your teammate can anticipate
    the next pass or play.
  • To make a player commit, take a quick step forward and quickly back off
    using your body to block the run. Not obstructing the player but anticipating the play.
  • When faced with a two on one: buy time until help arrives (use space, don’t dive in).
    take away the pass and force the ball in one direction.
  • Always recover centrally (toward the penalty spot).
  • Always find a free player and mark-up.


  • Keep it simple.
  • Have vision of the entire field.
  • Play the ball back when options are limited or dangerous.
  • Always look around before collecting a pass.
  • Have a first time pass in mind before collecting the ball.
  • Be calm with the ball.
  • Always be in position to support teammates.
  • Give options to player with the ball (check in and check out asking for the
  • Keep your elbows up and use your body to protect and shield the ball.
  • Take on players in offensive third of the field.
  • Dribble toward defender until he leaves his mark then pass or beat him.

Key Training Tips

  • Get lots of touches on the ball.
  • Small sided games help develop creativity and skill (keep the training area small so players have less time on the ball, must make quick decisions and are always under pressure).
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