When the game becomes a love for you at a young age it is much easier to understand, play, and work hard to improve your skill.
I believe that many soccer players love this game at a young age because of the influence from their parents, coaches and peers. Who you spend your time with and what you do with them in that time dictates the person you are and the culture you create. When a parent loves something and makes a connection with their child on this common interest then passion and love develops and grows.
My passion and love for soccer has been with me before I could walk. I cannot picture a moment in my life where soccer has been secondary. This passion that I own is because of the culture and environment that I grew up in. I grew up idolizing players like Roberto Baggio, Signori, Maldini, Dunga, Romario, Bergkamp, Overmars and the list goes on and on….I owe this great passion to my father and the way he lived his life through the game and created a household with soccer being a major component.
Now lets get to the 10-Step guide which you all came for. This is a guide for you to improve on your own! So when you go back to the field with your teammates and coaches you can be the player you dream of!
10 step Soccer Skill Development class:
- Dribbling in your basement around poles and pretending the poles are Maldini (Look him up if you don’t know him)
- Goalie Wars with your best friend until whatever time your parents allow you to stay up till.
- Go in your driveway shooting off the garage! If there is no driveway or garage, find a wall ANYWHERE!
- Then shooting at the garage and where you made dents in the garage try to hit the same Dent! (Accuracy) (Sorry mom and dad)
- Throwing the ball up and doing bicycle kicks until your back is completely red and itchy from the basement rug!
- Juggling the ball continuously trying to beat the next guys record, until you become so comfortable that the number doesn’t matter anymore.
- Finding new challenges such as 1 right 1 left, 2 right, 2 left, 3 right, 3 left….you get the picture
- You are now so good at juggling and so confident that you do it because it is a part of you and helps you solve a problem for school or takes your mind off a difficult issue you are dealing with.
- Making your dad throw balls perfectly in the spot you want it so you can score a diving header by landing on the family room sofa.
- Punting the ball up in the air and trying to wedge trap the ball perfectly 10 times in a row. Then 20. Then 30. Then 50…..No this isn’t an outline for you to do this and you’re done at 50. This is a lifestyle. Do whatever challenge makes sense in the moment for you. Then you will take a 60 yard ball down perfectly out of the air at 16 years of age and score the game winning goal for your team!
MAKE THIS YOUR GUIDE!
This is a 10 step guide to growing your passion for soccer and it comes from culture. When a coach tells you to work at home and practice on your own he/she is not giving you homework. He/she is reminding you how to live your life. If you are a player who loves this game and wants to be a better player then you have to act that way. These 10 steps are yours! You make your own challenges! You make your own success and your own failures. This game is yours, and the relationship you have with the ball is yours. You can be as creative as you like and when your lifestyle involves the ball and the game that is how creativity comes out.
I hope you find these “training on your own” tips helpful and you try them out!
Please let me know if you have any training routines you enjoy or have already created! We can grow the list together!