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How do you play against a team with a Star Player?

Last season we played a couple of teams with a Star player in a key position who ran the game for their side. Any tips on how to stop this sort of team. Especially with many teams these days having a player/coach who is ex-national league this is happening more and more. We played 3 teams last season, 2 with a Star sweeper and another with a Star centre-half. How can we stop them playing and still play our game?

Hi I found that what worked for my team was to ensure that 2 players attack and mark the star player everytime. If the player is a wing, easy...push off side by attacking from the side and driving the player out of play. Centre half...play up to your wings and keep the ball in play with wing and inner working together. The CF and CH of your team can mark the stronger centre! Hope it helps

hi i think u must strong ur mid field then 3 half backs !! and on sweeper formation 2-4-3-1-1

"Id" the strength opposition players so all team members are aware when he/she is on the pitch. Make all efforts to channel this player away from his/her dominent side and work to create space away whenever possible. Teammates must stay focused when this is happening so they can move off ball to help divert ball around the star players. Aerials are another way of clearing a tightened area of opposition strength. Communication amongst teammates is key because everyone will be 'on focus' to work together with a pack mentality.

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