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Collective Brilliance

In a time when self promotion and self celebration seem to be the focus of an entire generation, Lara Mossman explains why teamwork is still the most effective game plan of all.

Nick Levett, FA National Development Manager, says that first and foremost we should be building good character in young people. It is sound advice for players developing their dream style of play because character plays an important role in goal achievement.

The field of positive psychology has identified 24 character strengths that can enable us to reach our highest potential. One of these character strengths is teamwork. Teamwork can be overlooked in a highly competitive player development environment; not in a technical and strategic sense, but in terms of player mentality. The 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning German side understood this nuance. They are lauded by pundits the world over for shirking the individual superstar in favour of an unstoppable team machine.

So how is the character strength of teamwork defined? It involves cooperating, excelling as a member of a team, being loyal and dedicated. It means pulling our weight, doing our fair...

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