1. Technique. One thing that players can never stop improving is their technique. It is what separates players playing at higher levels so it is important that they continue to practice their technical skills. The best way to do that is to practice on your own or get a personal trainer. Getting lots extra touches on the ball helps no matter what level you play at. Take a ball with you everywhere you go. Practice your juggling, passing, dribbling, shooting, & ball control. The better you are at the fundamentals, the better player you’ll be.
2. Physique – Players need to be strong and physically fit. I am not talking about the size of the player rather how effectively they use their body to engage in the physical battles. Players need to be able to hold their own on the field. They also must be able to run for an entire game. Fitness and conditioning are important. For younger players doing core workouts and other bodyweight exercises like, push ups, squats, sit ups, is a good way to become stronger. For older players lifting weights for strengthen purposes and not for bulking is good.
3. Watch Soccer – Watching the game on tv is really important. It can help players develop their game intelligence which is super critical to be play at the highest levels. Watching a player who plays in the same position you do can do wonders for a players game like helping them see and develop their vision, tactical awareness, composure on the ball and their overall knowledge of teams and players. It always helps and is fun for players when they have someone they can watch and try to emulate on the field.
4. Mindset – The most overlooked part of the game by coaches is the players mindset. There are many traits that fall under this category and players need all of them on and off the field. Do you have the passion and hunger to succeed? The mental toughness to overcome adversity or handle the pressure? Are you a leader? Are you coachable? How do you react or respond to instructions, criticism, suggestions and feedback from coaches? Are you open to learning new things? How motivated are you? Are you willing to do extra training or spend countless hours learning and mastering new skills? How about responsibility? Are you willing to take care of yourself and make the right choices off the field? Questions like these and the answers to them are key to unlocking potential in players
Development is a long process that takes many years so it is important to remember that these 4 soccer player attributes will develop at different stages throughout the years, but there is no doubt that all will be needed to be a top level soccer player. It also worth noting that all can be developed and worked on to improve a players abilities and take their game to the next level. This is what Skillability Soccer Training is all about. It's more than just ‘’training”. If you would like for your child to experience our 1on1 or small group training programs that are designed to take players games to the next level, send a message on our website.