Summertime is here, the season is finished, tryouts are over, and kids are out of school so now what? Well, Summer is the best time to improve and work on your own game. Here are some tips that I am telling all my players and parents about improving this summer.
1. Watch the World Cup!
It's no secret the greatest show on earth starts today. What better way to improve your game mentally then by watching the best players in the world on TV? Players who watch soccer have an advantage over those who don't. Those players usually have a better soccer iq as there's so much to learn from watching the game and players in the game. Watch the World Cup! Anybody can watch a game, but not everybody can analyze the game. This is some of what we have our players do when watching a game.
Take note of what formations both teams are using
analyze the tactics & the style of play (eg short passing, long ball, play out of the back, counter attack, speed of play)
Pick a player who plays in your position and learn what you could bring into your game from them
Just Announced yesterday USA, Mexcio, & Canada will host the World Cup in 2026! Amazing
2. Play, Play, Play
Players need to play as much as possible on their own time. Pick up soccer is a great way to play and express yourself. Get out in the yard and practice your skills. Use your imagination and be creative the only way you can do that is by playing. Unstructured free from coaching play is great way to improve this summer.
3. Private Training
I'm a big believer that the difference is in the details.
Players who have a private coach get that coach's full attention. They can focus on every detail of the players game to help them improve and motivate them. Having a private coach can do wonders to players overall game.
We know players will improve if they are outside playing a lot, the question is how quickly will they improve.
There are tons of camps out there but not all are created equally. Do your research and find the one that best suits you. You want to make sure you'll receive some attention and that you will improve. It can be hard to find that combination, but with our camps and everything we do, we believe in quality over quantity. Smaller camps with much more player centered focus approach that makes sure our players get the attention they need and improve.
Make the most of this summer! Focus on your own game, dominate your own game and see an explosion to your soccer growth & training! Remember practice with your team is never enough!