I'm new to coaching a team and have just taken charge of my sons newly formed U7 team. I've got previous experience of coaching soccer schools so I knew what I was getting into.
However, I'm struggling with a couple of players and was wondering if anyone had a similar situation and how's best to deal with it.
I've got a mixed ability team and I do try to cater for each ability in training so they will all continue to develop. Unfortunately I've got 2 players in the team that really enjoy coming to training and seeing there new friends. They take part in the drills I have setup but when it gets to the match in training they don't seem too keen or interested. This then follows on into the friendlies we have played. The boys don't want to go near the other team and don't ask for the ball. I do get the feeling that they like to come to training but particularly interested or ready for matches. It's starting to have an effect on the higher ability players when in the matches. I also don't feel like it's fair on the team as a whole.
Has anyone had a similar situation or can give guidance in what's the best approach?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.