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The Truth About Professional Soccer

The Truth About Professional Soccer

The game is broken down into very small increments called "winnable moments", as aggressive, sometimes violent players go head to head against other aggressive, sometimes violent players who all want to win the ball. These are the points where heroes are made and careers are ended.

“Free-Play” Soccer in the USA

“Free-Play” Soccer in the USA

The more kids go out and freely play soccer with other kids of varying ages and skill levels, the better they can predict what another player will do in a game situation. You can’t teach these things in practice. They have to be experienced and learned by the individual, at their own pace and interest level. The more free-play participation, the more patterns of behavior a player will see and the easier it is to predict an opponent’s action on the field.

STOP Paying Players for Goals

STOP Paying Players for Goals

It’s not uncommon for parents to reward players monetarily for actions on the field, in order to give their player a little more motivation.  However, there are certain accomplishments that are actually WAY outside of their control, to the point that offering rewards for the accomplishment actually limits their ability to ever achieve it.

Paying for Goals Hurts

stop paying your child for goalsRewarding players for goals only sets your player up for failure, destroying their confidence and hurting their relationship with their teammates.  If you’re currently doing this or have thought about it – STOP.

Consider that it took a field-wide effort of ten...


Winning Does NOT Equal Happiness

Winning Does NOT Equal Happiness

There is one universal thing that all parents want for their kids: happiness. Parents just want their kids to be happy. Among team sports parents, it’s a common misconception that winning equals happiness, because when our kids lose, they leave the field unhappy. However, that’s not necessarily true;  Kids can feel pretty good after they [...]