A good friend of mine has recently delved into the puzzling world of youth coaching. He his long term plan to me, about how he would take pride in developing these players over 5 or more years. He said for the first three years that he would focus on individual skills and would leave passing for when they are older. I was confused by this. Then I took a brief look around this forum and found that most of your advice would have been similar. That we should teach individual technique first and anything else later. But why shouldn't we teach the children how to pass. These are my thoughts. - If they learn how to pass properly here they will be better at it when they are older. Learning how to pass at 10 or 11 may be too late. - Passing means that all members of the team get touches on the ball. - Passing leads to an improved understanding of the game. If you teach players to only dribble, will they gain any tactical knowledge at all. - Children naturally will get creative. First you teach them the through pass and suddenly, all by themselves, they will teach themselves the reverse through pass. - It will improve their technique as well. If you teach them to look for the best pass each time they will begin to get their heads up and be composed on the ball as they take their time to find the right option. This, taking of time will teach the player composure and close control. - It discourages simply giving the ball to the biggest, strongest and fastest player and letting him breeze by the other kids to score is 50th goal of the season. - It should produce the results to please the parents too. I also can't help but think that this individual development philosophy isn't working. It is certainly implemented firmly in America, who have never produced a world class player, and it is implemented in England too; who although they have produced many great players, it hasn't been nearly enough for a country of our facilities, passion and population (and most of them were street footballers anyway). Your thoughts?