Locating yourself at the right distance from your teammate is a skill that is developed over time.
The understanding of what is happening in the game and what that specific person/player needs at the moment will assist in finding the best location for the player and collective group.
While building a new team, often times, players will stay close to the space of their teammates, lack mobility and are focused on the ball when attacking.
With good intentions, if we recognize a weakness of one of our players, usually the first reaction is to help by doing the job for them, however this affects the collective play.
Of course the ball will be lost and there will be times we need to be closer together than others however finding the appropriate distances are so important.
In life, we are challenged by how close or far we should be from our co-workers, parents, siblings, friends, community, country and world.
Personally, I find myself invading my teammate’s space when my natural curiosity and care for the well being of them gets the most of me.
At these times, I must understand what distance (close or far) is best for that person and the collective group rather than my own desire.
It is a learning process for us all…
Yours in soccer,