The development of teamwork is an essential element in all team sports. Very few sports teams can exist with a team of individuals playing for themselves. In soccer, it is even more important to have a good degree of teamwork and understanding. The improvisational nature of soccer requires the highest level of understanding and dedication amongst team mates.
As a coach, you need to develop a good relationship with players. Players play as much for the coach as they do for the team and their team mates. Developing a personal interest in their development on and off the field is they key to getting team mates to understand each other.
Share a vision with the players. It is easier to get players to work beyond their limits if they have shared ownership of the purpose of the team.
Play players in positions that get the best out of them. Once players are at an age where teamwork becomes more important than individual development, playing players in positions that give them the greatest chance of success will foster confidence in themselves, as well as confidence from their teammates.
Treat everyone fairly. Playing favourites is a sure fire way to disrupt harmony, so treating everyone with the same care and attention is important to develop teamwork in a soccer team.
Have a common focus. Whether that focus is on being the best, winning a trophy or improving from last year, anything that unites the group as a team will be important to maintaining bonds throughout the season.