Team sport is about collaboration. In this module Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman is hosted by PDP Co-Founder, Dave Wright to discuss how coaches can develop team work, some of the research around communication and how you can support your players in working together more effectively.

How Coaching for Character Works

  1. Watch the video of Lara & Dave discussing the character trait
  2. Make some notes as to how this applies to your team or key points you want to remember
  3. View the two session plan videos presented by Dave with practices for you to implement with your players on the grass
  4. Download the PDF session plan of the practice, read through the rules, possible constraints and considerations and adapt the practice for your players

Coaching for Character is about the players working on character building, developing character strengths and using the game of football to deliver this personal growth. This is not the time for a tactical masterclass from the coach, but a time for the players to work together, face challenges and get success. From a coaching perspective, use your observation and listening skills, ask questions and allow the sessions to flow.

Introduction Video: Team Work & Collaboration in Football

Key Points

  • Fun factor at the forefront
  • Team work is built on respect
  • Encouraging open, honest, respectful peer to peer communication
  • The environment is made up of interactions
  • Implement player led sessions and facilitate autonomy supportive environments

Video Session Plan 1


  • Communication and co-operation
  • Working in pairs
  • Defensive intelligence and desire
  • Transition
  • Patience in possession
  • Combination play
  • Collective defending
  • Finishing

Click here to download Session Plan 1 PDF

Video Session Plan 2


  • Defending in groups
  • Communication
  • Delay and deny
  • Screening and blocking
  • Combination play
  • Split passes
  • Creativity on the ball
  • Resilience 1v1

Click here to download Session Plan 2 PDF

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