A young college player sent me a message looking for guidance on his professional soccer…
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Most kids who are new to the game are usually assigned to coaches who are equally new to the game. This the REAL problem of our youth system and the actual CAUSE of concussions in young players. That’s because 99% of concussions in youth soccer games u-8 and younger are directly related to CHASING THE BALL.
10,000 hours of playing soft with 21 other over-fed softies won’t make anyone HUNGER for more – more food, more money or more love. 10,000 hours of training provided to a 12 year old kid who’s driven every day to the gifted program at his school in a luxury car and given all of the love and encouragement necessary to become anything he wants in life isn’t going to produce a top quality professional soccer player.
The USWNT win of the World Cup last July is one of my greatest soccer experiences in the last few years. I was happy to have found it in it’s entirety on YouTube. You can view it here.
The most memorable moments a player has about the game are rarely whether they won or lost, but instead, they remember the winnable moments.
The game was close and it looked like we would lose and possibly be eliminated from the competition. It was tense, and everyone was quiet as time rapidly ticked away.
In the 89th minute however, my 5 year old son, Jonah (who’s still quite a cheerleader) began chanting “USA… USA… USA
Japan was leading Ivory Coast 1 – 0 into the second half of last night’s World Cup game, and for all practical purposes, it looked like they would win. Their passing was crisp and opportunities were coming. The Orange were having trouble just getting the ball on frame. Then Didier Drogba came into the game
Assembling the best team of individuals available to create the best team possible is more like assembling a baking recipe than it is a puzzle. There is no one right answer, but there is certainly a best possible combination. To get to there though, coaches must consider every player individually, and look at their relationships with other players on the team first.