Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Four

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In part three of this series on holding an effective soccer trial, we outlined how it’s necessary to assess the skills and technical ability of the trialists consistently. However, other considerations need to be taken into account as well.

Four other key elements are vital when choosing new players for your squad. These factors will ensure new members integrate well within the team and are a positive addition.

  • Teamwork
  • Demeanour
  • Mental state
  • Coachability


Evaluate how well the trialists play alongside their teammates. Are they selfish with the ball or does their game have a balanced approach? Do they know when to hold the ball and when to delegate to other team members?

Don’t have the notion that you just require a highly skilled player. It’s essential he can integrate effectively with your squad and offer a positive contribution.


To fit in with the rest of the squad successfully, the new player must possess a good demeanour. Does he get visibly annoyed when a teammate doesn’t pass accurately? Is there physical anger shown at other players’ mistakes? Does he shake his head or despair of a teammate who doesn’t take delivery of his pass or who misses a goal scoring opportunity?

Choose players who give encouragement to and are supportive of their teammates, not those who only offer negativity.

Mental state

Don’t forget the psychological aspects as well. Observe what kind of participants they are. For instance, when they lose possession to a defender, do they stay focused on getting the ball back? Or do they get annoyed and lack enthusiasm to chase after it? Do they adhere to rules and play fairly or do they turn to dirty tricks occasionally?

However, don’t always presume that discontent and irritability are negative factors in a player. One of the players in our team is a star. He does have a bad temper, sometimes criticizes teammates and occasionally gets upset at his own performance. However, he is still a champ.

He has a passion for the game and strives to succeed. As his coach, it’s my duty to focus and guide his enthusiasm in positive ways.


In order to perform well as part of a team a player must be coachable. This means he should be able to take instructions and carry them out to the best of his ability. It’s no good having a player who does as he pleases on the field, he must demonstrate he can listen and comprehend what the coach is telling him. Is your player aiming to learn and improve his abilities? Is he willing to carry out all that is required of him?

Even a player with lesser abilities can through good coaching, develop excellent soccer skills.

In the fifth and final part of this series on holding an effective soccer trial, we look at how best to deliver the good or bad news to the trialists awaiting your decision.

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Three

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial – Part Two

Holding an Effective Soccer Trial