If you’re familiar with my blog then you know how important I think creativity is for player development and that I’m concerned about an overemphasis on quick passing at too early an age. I hear “don’t dribble” too often.
So I was glad to read the following comments from our U16 National Team coach, Shaun Tsakiris, during an interview with GoalNation at Surf Cup a few weeks ago:
“It’s interesting, I think our youth soccer players aren’t as creative as they used to be.
We’re so structured in training that we’ve lost a little creativity in our players. I think we’ve created more good players and less special players.
I often remind myself not to take the love of the game and the creativity away from my players.
While the Federation has made great strides in coaching education in the past few years, even I have to remember not to over-structure.
It is our responsibility as coaches to help our players develop the creative aspects of the game.”