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Soccer is not kicking?
If I hear this one more time, I think I will get sick.
If you ever hear someone say this, run away from them as
fast as possible.
don't get mad often and my tolerance has become wonderful
when dealing with my own
and through coaching others.
However, a short while back my daughter told me, "Dad
kicking has nothing to do with soccer." I looked at her
with one of those "Dad looks".
I wasn't mad at her, but I felt my blood boiling because I
wanted to know who put that lame thought in her head.
I sat her down in front of the TV and we watched 10 minutes
of a soccer match. I told her to tell me every time the ball
moved without being kicked. Of course on the first pass she
said NOW, I replied, side of the foot kick. The next pass,
she said NOW, I replied angle kick with the sweet spot. Then
a player started to dribble the ball hard down field. She
said NOW, I replied, lace, inside, lace, outside, lace, etc.
There are only 4 contacts that are NOT kicking. Headers,
chest, throw-in, and traps such as thigh. Everything else is
A VERY SAD
statement about our youth players.
The other day I dropped by a
local middle school practice. There were both boys and girls
soccer teams practicing. I watched for a while and could
feel my stomach start to turn as I these players took shots
Just prior to this "shooting exercise" they were all
juggling. While I watched them juggle I was truly amazed to
see what great "jugglers" they were. However I then sat and
watched these "advancing" soccer players taking shots and
more than half of them were kicking with their toe.
I thought to myself, "what a shame and poor reflection on US
as youth trainers". Many of these players had been playing
soccer for more than 6 years. Many had played 2 seasons a
year. Yet they never had even learned the right way to
simply kick a soccer ball.
This poor kicking display not only showed itself in the
"shooting exercise" but it carried down to every element of
their game. Passing, receiving, weight of balls and more.
Remember these simple points...
Individual Technical Training is the most important
aspect of developing a youth soccer player. If a child
doesn't learn proper TECHNICAL skills by the age of 14, it
is hard to change their habits.
Often players are deprived of
proper technical training because we as adults want to win.
Focusing on TACTICAL training is the wrong thing to
do in young players. If you have the time I would love for
you to read this article.