Player Reflection Tool



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First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can

Choose a topic area

View your results and choose an area to study

Identify two aims

Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on

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Let your coach know what you are working on

This webpage has been especially designed to help you become a more creative footballer. The advice, tips and information we will work through may also help you become creative in other sports or at school. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.

Two Brazilian players - Amandinha (futsal) and Marta (football) - alongside Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech - will show us some beautiful examples of creativity later. But let's first begin by considering....

....what is creativity in football?

Let's start by thinking about what we mean by creativity in football. Watch the videos below. As you watch, try to find examples of players being creative.

The first video shows some individual creative moves. These moves may be rehearsed in practice before being used in the game, or they may be spontaneous actions used to get out of tricky situations. The second video shows some team goals, scored from free-kicks. These are obviously rehearsed moves, and are a result of some creative planning in practice.

Creativity is when we do something new. It could be on our own, or as a group. Creativity is important in football because it can help us perform better. It makes us unpredictable, harder to play against, and gives us many more options when we have the ball. It is also enjoyable to be creative and to invent new things.

Here are important things to know about creativity:

  • We all have creativity
  • We can learn to be more creative 

Trying new things, and making mistakes

In order to develop your creativity, you need to be comfortable trying new things. So you need a place to practice where it's ok to experiment with new ideas. 

When we try new things, we will probably make lots of mistakes at first. Some people are scared of making mistakes. They only do what they know they can do, and they never try new things. They look like they are very good at doing what they do, but they are not actually learning anything new. They are only practising what they already know how to do. It is impossible to develop your creativity if you only do what you already know how to do.


Watch the video on the right, which shows expert Matthew Syed talking about failing.

Once you have finished watching the video, answer the questions below.

  • He says that mistakes are an "inevitability". What does he mean by this?
  • What should the ice dancer do when they fall over when trying a tricky routine?


Try this exercise:

  1. Make a list of three new things you've learnt to do recently. (This could be anything, not just football)
  2. Write down how you learnt them, and write down what mistakes you made along the way.
  3. Now look at your list. Are there any things that you struggled with? What did you do when you made mistakes - did you give up and stop trying? How did the mistakes help you to improve and learn?


Below are three very different and very creative footballers. Choose one of them, watch the video, and answer the questions below:

1. Amandinha

2. Marta Viera da Silva

3. Hakim Ziyech


  • What examples of creativity do they show in the video?
  • How do you think they learned to do these creative things?
  • What can you copy from the player you have chosen?

Player Reflection Tool - Home

Dear Learner,

Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.

You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.

For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.

If any of the links on this page are broken, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch at:


Mark Carter

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Once you have completed all the homework, click on the 'Print the form' link. This will open a form which you need to print out and complete. Take this completed form to your coach.

Then click here to move onto the last part of the Tool.

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