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There’s more to it than what you do with the ball


Dave Clarke

One of the qualities of a good team is the ability to think and react when they are playing in matches. And I don’t just mean how they react to the ball. There are some players who can be captains on the pitch and help their team mates by communicating and showing leadership qualities.

You should encourage these players to come to the fore during matches because if they can talk to each other and encourage each other they will help the team to get through difficult periods in games and to give 100% effort and skill.

Gareth Southgate the former English international footballer and manager of Middlesborough, now is the English FA head of elite development, believes leadership and strong communication are vital at the top level of youth football. Listen to what he has to say to a group of young players in the video clip below.


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