Learning can be made more entertaining by using games. They generate a large number of scenarios in which the players are required to make choices.

If they make a poor choice during this game, it forces them to consider how they can do better in order to win the following game. The fact that games are competitive in nature encourages players to work harder and search for more solutions.

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Games that have been appropriately altered can provide environments in which particular talents can be improved. When the pitch is small, there will be more contact, and when it is wide, there will be long passes.

What could possibly be unappealing about playing games? Then why do we put so much effort into practising?

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The word "drill" is considered offensive by a significant number of coach educators, and for good cause. Something that we do mindlessly in a repeating manner is called a drill. That prevents the player from gaining a perception of when and where to employ it and hence prevents the player from developing that perception.

The training that we do should include both competitive games and practise activities. Both have their place somewhere along the spectrum of learning.