As a coach at the youth level, you often come across the problem of lopsided games; one team is superior to the other and the final scoreline will reflect this. There are instances where the more goals a team scores, the more excited they get at beating a clearly inferior side leaving them feeling demoralized. But as a coach, how do you manage your players in this situation? Let's look at both sides from the point of view of the superior and inferior team.
If your team has just been on the receiving end of a heavy defeat, point out some positive aspects of their performance. Use the experience as a learning one, ask them what they noticed about the team they just lost to. For example, did you see their off-ball movement creating space to receive a pass? Or, did you hear how well they communicated? Playing quality opposition can show younger players the rewards of dedication and practice rather than destroying their confidence.