1. Greet every player by name as they arrive for football training sessions and matches – it’s the easiest way to make them feel wanted.
2. Take an interest in your players – find out what they like doing when they’re not playing soccer.
3. Make sure every player starts matches – don’t start with the same line-up every week.
4. Acknowledge effort – you want your players to give 100% so say ‘Well done!’ when they do.
5. Give your players responsibility – you don’t have to run every training session, let them choose what to do sometimes.
6. Be kind – never criticise a player in front of their team mates.
7. Encourage risk taking – don’t stifle creativity. If a player wants to dribble the ball out of defence, praise them. They will learn by the results.
8. Give players individual, achievable targets, for instance, for a player who doesn’t like to tackle you can set them the target of making two tackles in a match. That way all your players can be winners.
9. Make every player a key member of the team – there’s something special about every one of your players. Tell them what it is.
10. Rotate your team captain – all young soccer players like to be captain for a day.