A great soccer player is trained to follow the play, and fluidly solve hypothetical scenarios – until the ball actually comes to her/him, and they’re forced to execute. A well trained soccer player will follow the play around the field thinking “If this, then this“, and then – BAM!
The military trains it’s people the same way.
SOCOM: Special Operations Military Command units are military personnel of the highest caliber – guys like Navy SEALS, Army Green Berets, Delta Force, Air Force Combat Controllers, and Marines. They’re trained to overcome life or death situations in the most effective and quickest way possible. These aren’t “problems“, they’re “situations“, because problems need to be solved, but situations are rehearsed. They’re also trained to improvise, when necessary.
A well trained soccer player has been rehearsing on-field situations to the point that almost nothing surprises them. And when things don’t go as planned, they improvise. Many military personnel were athletes growing up, and MOST SOCOM personnel. Great athletes are usually the ones who thrive in SOCOM.
Competitive soccer athletes have all the mental & physical tools to become members of the most exclusive military units in the world. However, you must keep in mind that any military duty has the possibility of F’ing you up physically & mentally.
Other careers that are great for athletes are fireman, paramedics, Coast Guard and Border Patrol. These are all physical jobs with the high pressure situations that athletes look for… and they pay more than most pro soccer contracts.
COLLEGE SOCCER SCHOLARSHIPS
The fact is that the cost of competitive youth soccer just doesn’t justify playing for a soccer scholarship in college – and most college programs won’t give your competitive soccer athlete the kind of opportunities that great athletes are looking for. The military career options and other careers mentioned above don’t require college.
People by nature are herd animals; we like being part of a team. Youth soccer creates great, high level, high intensity thinkers who do well on the same sorts of teams in the real world. The military has those sorts of teams.