3. Mental Skills

Learning technique requires concentration and determination. Physical training requires determination and effort. Already we can see that ignoring the mental side of the game would be detrimental to a child’s progress. Young players must understand that concentration, dedication, determination and effort are not just desirable, but they are in fact essential. Throughout the program these ideas are reinforced, with the emphasis placed on how they should never be forgotten. It must also be remembered that soccer is a highly team-reliant sport, so how individuals deal with others must be addressed. Young players must learn to be positive and encouraging to their teammates, always being supportive and respectful of others. Soccer brings out these qualities and any good player must have them. Therefore, they need to be taught.

Soccer is also a complex game. Understanding the rules for less experienced players is obviously important. However, learning how to play positions and general tactics must also be learned as well as specific plays and skills.
But on top of everything else is sportsmanship. Sport is about how you play yourself, how you treat your teammates, but also how you treat the opposition. These are lessons every child should learn and, if done at an early age, they will carry them for the rest of their lives.
Thus, the following will also be taught:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Tactics
  • Positional Play
  • Rules
  • Team Play
  • Concentration
  • Determination
  • Effort
  • Bravery
  • Dedication
  • Confidence

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