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Soccer Teammates Guide

Soccer Teammates

Teammates are a big part of soccer.  Your soccer teammates are there in your triumphant victories and horrifying defeats.  I have created this soccer guide to help you get along with your soccer teammates.

Why do Soccer Teammates need to get along?

Soccer is supposed to be fun.

Having a good relationship with your teammates allows you to have a good time.

Teammates support you.

Whether you score a fantastic goal or miss a break-away, good soccer teammates will support you.

Close teammates produce better teams.

You are much more motivated to play when you have good teammates around.  You also know where your teammates are going to do at all times.  These factors seem to create soccer teams that play better.

Soccer teammates can help you get over coach's negativity.

If you are feeling un-confident because of coaches negativity, it is good to have other people in the same boat to support you.

Are you a good soccer teammate?

You may complain about bad teammates, but are you a good teammate?  If you answer "yes" to these questions you probably are:

  • Do you compliment your teammates?

  • Do you communicate effectively with your teammates?

  • Do you talk to your teammates?

  • Do you consider yourself friends with some of your soccer teammates?

  • Do you use constructive criticism (explained later) to help your teammates become better?

  • Do you get take constructive criticism from teammates as a way to get better?

  • Do you pass the ball a decent amount?

  • When you score a goal do you celebrate or congratulate the players who helped create the goal?

  • Do you stand up for teammates being made fun of(in a mean way that makes someone sad)?

Are you a bad soccer teammate?

If you didn't answer some of the questions with a "yes" then you could be a bad soccer teammate.  That's okay, we're here to help you.  If you answer "yes" to any of these questions you are a bad soccer teammate in some ways.

  • Do you hog the ball?

  • Do you make fun of teammates in a non-joking way?

  • Do you get mad at teammates when they use constructive criticism?

  • Do you get mad at teammates  when they mess up?

Even if you don't do anything listed here, you should try to make yourself a great soccer teammate by complying to the guidelines of a good soccer teammate.


 

Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism can help you become a great soccer teammate.  Constructive criticism is the act of telling your teammate something they can improve on in their play in a way in which they are not offended and may actually take your advice.  Note: you should probably tell the player after the game, not during the game for better effect.  Steps:

1.  Get the player alone.  

You don't want to tell him in front of the team.  This could cause him/she to be embarrassed.

2.  Compliment the player.

Tell him/her something good about his play or that he/she is a good player.  Then, in a nice way, say something along the lines of can "you do this, or improve this."

3.  Look for your teammates reaction.

If he/she says "okay" and seems to be listening(not in an okay just leave me alone I will play how I want stance (trust me, you can tell) your confrontation was probably a successful one.

4.  Ask Him

Being held on equal grounds will ease the tension, and allow you to get better.  They will feel much better if they can tell you what to improve on.

5.  Get the Help of Another Teammate

If the player still repeats something and is not trying to improve it, ask another player to confront him.  Two players telling him the same thing will make a much deeper impression on him.

6.  Ask the Coach

If nothing seems to be correcting the problem, bringing in the coach is a must; mention it to him casually and away from other players.  The coach will fix the problem or become embarrassed.

If none of these steps work, that player is overconfident.  Maybe reading the soccer overconfidenceguide will help.


 

Dealing with Negative Teasing

On a close soccer team there is a lot of joking around.  That's good.  However, when someone is trying to be negative in a non-joking way, it can affect the player being teased greatly.  The questen to ask when decideing if it is bad or good teasing is, "Does the person getting teased laugh?"  Here are some things to do when you are teased or someone on your team is teased.

Tell him/her to stop.

Joke back at him/her.

Stand up for yourself or your teammate; don't back down.

If the teasing is relentless tell your parents or coach.

Don't let it bother your play.  This is just feeding him/her.  They probably tease you because they have high confidence or have low confidence.

Make sure to stop it.  If you don't soon, it will affect your play.

Team plays

Now that you have figured out how to be a teammate it is important to learn plays they can do.  Some plays are available in the Soccer Passing Guide.


 

 

Calling for the Ball

Calling for the ball can be the difference between goals and soccer balls stolen.

Call loudly for the ball.

This isn't a business meeting or classroom, you can yell as loud as you want.

Don't call for the ball unless you're open.

This can be distracting to your teammate, and he/she may get mad at you.

People Like it.

Coaches like players who call for the ball.

If you are not open or you see someone else open you should yell that he/she is open.


 

Communicating with your Soccer Teammates

Here are some terms you can use to communicate with your soccer teammates.  They are short because in a game you do not have time.

Through

This indicates you want the ball to be player into space.  Sometimes the player uses his hands to gesture to where the ball should go.

One-Two/Wall Pass

Indicates he is ready for a one two pass.

Over lap

Signals for an over-lap.  You should also use the command "hold" to make sure your teammate doesn't give you the ball to early.

Drop

Tells the ball holder to play the ball back.

Got me

When there are many options, this indicates that you are ready to receive the ball but there are also other good options.

Got time

Say when the player has open space.

Turn

Say when the player doesn't have anyone on his back and can turn.

Man-on

Tells the player he has a man coming to him or a man behind him.

Go/run

Tells a teammate to run.  Usually said by the person with the ball.

Wide

Tells teammate to get wide.

Line

Tells teammate to pass the ball down the line.

Keeper

This tells the team that the keeper will get the ball.

Leave

Used to signify keeper will get the ball, for a dummy, and when two players of the same team are near the ball.

To feet

Say when you want the ball player to your feet, not through.

Switch

Tell teammate to switch, or pass the ball to the other side of the field.

Mark

Tells teammates to mark a man.  You can point or say what number he/she is.

Goal side

Tell a player to get goal side.(explained in defending guide).

Far/near post

Tells teammates that you are making a run to the near or far post depending on which one you say.

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