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Is there some basic info (DVD, video or manuals) that?

Is there some basic info (DVD, video or manuals) that outline basic positional play and roles for new players to the game. I have entered a school team (15-16 yr old girls) into a weekend comp. They are coming up against strong club teams who have been playing for several years. It has been difficult getting them to maintain some structure in their play - possession is a big problem. Also, hitting the ball is an issue - a skill that I have taken for granted as it has never been a problem with all the boys teams I have coached (even 7 amp; 8 yr olds) Any advice greatly appreciated.

i would say do drills with them and set up a seperate drill where you work with 1 person at a time so that you can tell your player what you want as well as get some games to watch and use that to explain where you want each player in the field and if a mistake occurs how they could have overcome that problem....i do that with my team and they holding that structure pretty well

Thank you Elton - I'll give this a go. thanks again.

it was the only way i could explain to my team while using the knowledge you as a player has and try explain what they should have done...

here is a short corner that has never failed me in the last 10 games so far for the session is has a 80% scoring record in my books

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One of the main errors that are made by teams that lose the ball easily lies in their positional play. The main rule is that diagonal pass are NOT allowed. They always bring the ball closer to the opponent with an opportunity to intercept or at least to increase pressure on the receiver. Carefully check you practice drills for diagonal passes and also instruct the players to always position themselves on a horizontal or vertical line from the player with the ball. Using cones to set up the starting positions and passing and receiving points you can easily get them going on this. It should make it easier for the team to maintain possession longer and thus making it easier to build up and put pressure on the opponent. When your team has the ball the others can not score.

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