While being easily one of the most popular sports in the world at the moment, more and more young players emerge from different countries across the globe. In the late 20th century and the World cup in the United States, soccer reached the wider audience as ever before and now it is being played in practically every corner of the planet. In order to achieve at this sport, you must be persistent, have goals and also have great trainers and soccer coaches that will teach you the beauty of this game.
Engaging in soccer practices and workouts is only the second part of your journey. The first journey includes some philosophical thoughts, engagement and motivation speeches. Loving the game and understanding the true value of a team sport is highly important and the basis for a successful soccer career. Team workouts is sometimes a great way to show this to a young athlete.
There are particular drills to improve a skillset you must have in order to remotely succeed in soccer. The most important skill is to learn to guide the ball a proper way. At the beginning of your youth career you often guide the ball looking at it, but over the years you must own the ball and only focus on the things in front of you. Once you have mastered this move, the next logical skill to focus on is the passing of the ball. A lot of great players have developed their careers solely based on their passing skill. In the early days of the youngster’s career, passing is essential to future growth. Simply placing two rows of players between one another and telling them to pass the ball, is a great way to start and probably the most effective drill in youth days. As they improve, simply increase the distance between them.
Shooting the ball is a skillset that requires multiple subskills to master it to an impressive level. Practice is actually the key stone here; it is not genetics or talent or anything else. Technical ability to place the shoot can be achieved through many drills that feature a goal in front of you. Physical strength of a shot can sometimes be pre-determined, but it can also determine how good your shot actually is. Young Miralem Pjanić, one of the most gifted midfielders right now, used to practice all day by simple shooting the ball up against a wall ahead of himself. Accuracy is also managed by workout and practice and it interferes in many levels to technical ability so it can both improve simultaneously.
Dribbling is not something that is considered crucial, especially if your turn out to be a defender or a goalkeeper but it can certainly be advantageous. Running between cones is something we all have experienced in our soccer routine and this rule does not change over time. Running with the ball and making sudden moves to the right or left is easy at start, but can be improved over time
When dealing with younger audience, never forget to add a fun element to a certain drill; it will ignite their interest in competitiveness and also look to children to give their best to succeed. And some days you, the coach, can be credited as developing a new Leo Messi or Ronaldo.