Priorities for U8s

We (the coaches) had a chat at the end of today’s session to talk about priorities for our young players and I’ll give you the context for the discussion…

On Sunday the boys went to a football tournament (I wasn’t there) and we had two teams playing against sides from nearby towns and even a couple from London. Both teams lost most of their games and those who attended said our players seemed to struggle on a few fronts:

1) The other teams seemed bigger and stronger
2) They seemed to have more match awareness
3) They had more positional sense

These points make you think as a coach – am I / are we getting it wrong? Most of our focus is on developing the boys skills and encouraging them to try new tricks etc but I’m wondering if there are areas we’re not covering.

I’m wondering…were you a coach of this team, what questions might you be asking and, ultimately, would a bunch of defeats at a tournament bother you?