It has become commonplace among many coaches that our youngest players need to master technique before learning tactics. After all, how can we teach players to switch the point of attack if they can’t even pass or control the ball?
Clubs and coaches providing post-season player evaluations is a trend that has caught on in the last few years. The best clubs will even provide a mid-season evaluation or report to allow players time to work on specific skills before the end of the season.
Many coaches, when we are conducting training sessions, will emphasize certain actions that we want our players to do. We want players to consistently perform these actions to make them more aware of their surroundings and be able to make better decisions.