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Under 8s - team play and spatial awareness

I have justed started coaching an under 8 team that plays 5-a-side, as is normal with small kids the tendency is to follow the ball around like sheep. How do I get then to maintain their positions and move as a unit? What drills would be useful to teach positional awareness and team play?thanks

Hi Armeet,

Here are some links and past answers I found with the search bar. I hope they help!

Vary the games, you don't always need goals as they can be like a magnet for players and can distract them away from what you are coaching, also use games where children hold the ball, they are great for developing spatial awareness.

Dave (read full answer)

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