Children should not be burdened with tactics. However, the skilled coach can promote, in a discreet fashion, the following points:
Play with head up
Go forward when possible, either dribbling or passing
Shoot at every realistic opportunity
Be available for a pass by losing opponents with quick changes of speed and direction
Avoid clumsy tackles
Small sided games have their origins in traditional street soccer. These very competitive games, organized by the children themselves, were motivated by a love of the game and a desire to experiment with skills and tricks. Children should play soccer for the pleasure it can bring. Today the excesses of trophies and medals bring added pressure to win. An over-emphasis on winning can reduce the joy to be gained from just playing the game. It is in this context that adults have a very significant role to play.