Winning Soccer Teams Typically Play with Great Teamwork

A soccer team with a strong bond - (Photo: Titaniumvertical.com)

There is no “I” in team.  Although the resounding cliché is well known by most young athletes, there are still a great number of players who try to run the game as a solo effort, and usually fail greatly in those attempts.  Teams that play the best soccer are usually the ones with the best bonds between all the players.  When a soccer team cares for one another and truly works to build a solid team performance, the results on the field often coincide accordingly.

Team camaraderie starts with the coach.  Too often a soccer coach is on a bit of an ego-trip and feels that they are the sole reason that a team will become a success.  Such a coach usually has a brilliant sounding game plan, perhaps highlighted by some sort of unusual formation.  During the games, this coach is often red faced and berating his players who simply cannot come together and work the magic that he drew up in his mind.  Do you see how this can negatively impact a team’s cohesiveness?

When the coach is an egomaniac, a team’s players will have no choice but to follow accordingly.  In an effort to avoid a talking to or benching from the angry coach, players will strive to show off how good they are, ignoring their wide open teammates in order to try (and fail) an audacious new trick.  These teams rarely perform well, and often result in disastrous seasons, leading to the coach and several players quitting the game for good, because the team’s issues took the fun out of soccer.

But this doesn’t need to be the case.  Great coaches always persuade the players to take a group focus on their game.  Soccer teams must pass efficiently in order to succeed.  With a desire and dedication to maintain strong possession throughout a game, a team will often dictate the course of events and often win the match.

A team also needs all of its players to be on the same page.  When the goal of a team is to pass, move, and score goals, players will be running to open spaces because there is a safe bet that a pass will be arriving.  Your players will pass the ball around defenders and begin to emulate that incredible team of Spain, where there are few superstar personalities, but instead 11 extremely solid players that work incredibly well together as a team.

Try to help your players develop friendships that extend beyond the soccer field as well.  Often lost in the demands of winning games is the notion that youth soccer is often just recreational.  Such an activity is often chosen by parents to get their kids hanging out with other kids and forming friendships.  Coaches should strive to spend a little bit of time making the game fun for players, and perhaps even orchestrate one or two social gathering completely outside of the sport.  This way, all your teammates will begin to see each other as other people, not just the numbers on their jersey.  This will help players come together on the field too.

Teams that win typically do so because they have a great understanding and bond between one another.  Try to foster these relationships and promote strong team ethics for your players so that your team is the strongest and most united force in your soccer league.


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