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Position Specific Attributes

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INDIVIDUAL PLAYER ATTRIBUTES
 
The following information outlines the attributes required to perform certain roles and responsibilities within a team environment, and how the youth coach can effectively utilize this dynamic to create well-rounded, complete players.  
 
KEY CONSIDERATIONS:
 
  • Each playing position on the field places a different demand on players, which in turn requires them to develop a different skill set in order to excel.
  • The precise combination of desired attributes varies greatly as a function of the formation, playing style, and philosophy a team employs.
  • For example, a team playing a 1-4-4-2 may require their central striker to have markedly different attributes to that of a team employing a 1-4-5-1.
  • However, there are a certain number of constants that remain true, irrespective of team shape and tactics.
  • For example, a defensive minded player typically needs to be a more efficient tackler, while an attack minded player may need to be more competent at dribbling.
PLAYER ATTRIBUTES:
 
The following technical, physical, and mental attributes have been selected to illustrate the varying demands of each playing position:
 
TECHNICAL
PHYSICAL MENTAL
Short Passing
Speed
Concentration
Long Passing / Crossing
Acceleration
Discipline
First Touch
Strength
Aggression
Dribbling
Balance
Confidence
Shooting
Jumping
Composure
Heading
Agility
Anticipation
Tackling
Endurance
Creativity
 
 
CREATING BALANCED PLAYERS:
 
  • To develop well-rounded players, every attribute is important for every player on the field.
  • Some attributes are more valuable than others in certain positions, so the youth coach must rotate playing positions.
  • Rotation helps players see how the game looks from different areas of the field while simultaneously developing the attributes required to effectively cope with the full spectrum of positional demands.
A VISUAL GUIDE:
 
Click on the positions specified below to view graphics which break down the fundamental player attributes into their technical, physical, and mental components. Each peak and valley illustrates how important a specific attribute is to each playing position.
 
The following positions are outlined:
 
IMPORTANT: These visuals are provided as guidelines only, and should not be used as justification to pigeon-hole players into certain positions at an early age based on the attributes they already demonstrate. Rather they should be used as incentive to rotate roles, enhance skill sets, and ultimately develop complete players.
 
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