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 childs 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:
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