This may come as a big shock to you but let’s think about the 9 seconds you have the ball on average per game.
What are you doing the rest of the game. You are supporting, helping other players defend certain spaces of the field, and you are making runs into space.
What do all these have in common?
Sure while they require some physical running which is easy to train for, they are mostly mental.
Most people tend to play soccer physically. How do you know if you should go in for a slide tackle or you should jockey the defender? Should you then push the offensive player towards the sideline so he doesn’t have a place to go or should you turn him inside towards another teammate that’s supporting you?
These are all things coaches really do fail in teaching kids. Please don’t make that mistake!
There is a huge line between being a soccer player and a great soccer player. But there is a super fine line between a great soccer player and an epic soccer player that people will remember, will want to play with, and fear playing against.
This all starts with the right guidance, the right mental mindset, and the right soccer training.
Soccer has and will always be coined as a sport of mistakes. It’s who makes less mistakes and who can capitalize on the other team’s mistakes.
So whether you are a coach, a parent, or a soccer player that’s looking to become great remember that it all starts with your individual soccer training before anything else.