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The player challenge examples can be adapted, added to or changed completely in order to meet the needs of your players.


Challenges are particularly useful at removing the emphasis from the end result and focusing more on the process of achieving that particular challenge. This could be done by asking the team to tally up how many times they try or complete the challenge e.g. “try to beat a player with a change of direction” can gain 2 points for actually trying to beat the player and an extra point if it was successful.


Themes and challenges should also be used to give ownership to the players.


For example, have a go at cutting out the challenges and take them to the next session for players to choose. Let them take them away, watch a game linked to their team and see what they come back with next week.


The challenges might even be written on a white board for them to discuss and share ideas at “training camp” or even adapted, changed and developed by the players. Take a look at the themes and challenges and start to think about how you could incorporate these into your world cup tournament. Remember, the key is to encourage young players to think, explore and adapt without pressure.


Run your own grassroots World Cup tournament:


We want to hear your stories about your World Cup themed tournaments and practice sessions. Which pointers from this article did you find useful? How did you change, amend and adapt the ideas? Tweet your stories and best images to @StGeorgesPark


Marcus Lincoln is the Team Leader of The FA Tesco Skills teams in Devon and Cornwall.


Marcus is a Level 2 qualified coach and has also completed the FA Youth Award modules 1 and 2 as well


as the Level 2 goalkeeping award.


Before joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme, he gained experience coaching at AFC Bournemouth and New York Red Bulls.


James Riches is the Team Leader of The FA Tesco Skills in West Riding and has been involved in the programme since its launch in 2007.


Andy Reynolds is the FA Tesco Skills Team Leader for Norfolk and Suffolk.


A former FA Youth Cup Winner with Ipswich


Town FC, he also coaches at Kirkley & Pakefield


FC (Step 5) and FA County Youth Cup finalists Suffolk FA U18 Representative side.


His role is to lead a team of coaches in supporting the development of 5 to 11 year old


children across the county.


Prior to joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme he spent his time working within community programmes to gain coaching experience whilst completing his MSc in Sport and Exercise Science.


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