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positioning and nervousness

we Played a Under 10 tournament on Sunday. My team lost 2 - 1o. My players have good ability , but they panicked a lot , they were very nervous. i thought them the formations and the roles of their respective positions , they understood all and they answered me while i asked questions to check out how much they understood. but inside the game they forgot everything and were ball watching and chasing the ball. This was their first tournament Playing outside . how to make kids understand their positioning and take away their nervousness

Hi,

It can be difficult to coach young players the importance of maintaining their position. A good way to start them off would be to get them all standing in their position (in the formation that you want to set them up in) and just get them passing the ball to each other without moving. You can then get them walking up and down the pitch, still passing the ball but aiming to maintain their formation and shape as they move up and down the pitch. Here is also a good session to use for young players possession and positioning: 

https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Football/sessionPlans/Passing-Possession-and-Attacking-Play-for-U9s-and-below-10924721.jsp

I hope this helps!

Matt

Thanks a lot i will try, thanks for ur reply 

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