The United States is NOT developing technical and tactical soccer players. Youth Soccer’s “pay to play” model is keeping soccer a middle to upper class youth sport and excluding thousands of potential players.
Self-confidence removes fear and doubt and allows the athlete to play loose, aggressive, and most importantly without the fear of failure. There is no question that an athlete’s self-confidence correlates to their performance in practice and games.
I am absolutely dismayed and angered about the utter lack of policies and rules to regulate what is absolutely rampant and wrong in youth soccer regarding clubs tampering with and recruiting players from other clubs during a competitive season.
At StriveFar our goal is to inform, enlighten, and to educate. If we can add a bit of humor and levity, BONUS! Here is Coach Nick “Macca” demonstrating the proper way to strike a soccer ball. In these photos Nick is clearly wearing Nike soccer boots but this not a StriveFar endorsement. If you are looking for Read more about How To: Strike A Soccer Ball[…]
As early as 10 years ago, multi-colored soccer boots were still frowned upon by many in the soccer world. “You better be a player with those cleats on!” would be the standard banter thrown at anyone brave enough to have any color of cleat other than black. 10 years on, and you have to look Read more about The Merging Styles of Sneakers and Soccer Cleats / Soccer Boots[…]
Are they going to make you a better player? In all honesty, no. The athletes of the parents that work at StriveFar might disagree. The 10 year old is on Instagram following Footy Headlines, the 14 year old is looking at The18.com to see what members of Barca are wearing, the common theme is the more Read more about Expensive vs. Cheap Soccer Cleats – What’s the difference?[…]
Heading All these drills are designed to be done in your backyard, when you have a spare half an hour before dinner or when you’re bored. They all focus on some sort of ball control and will enable you to be so much more comfortable with the ball. Just go out for a kick about, Read more about 5 Soccer Drills for the Backyard[…]
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A few years ago I wrote a post about soccer parents, but at that point, I did not imagine that we would now be one of “those” families, driving to soccer games in different cities, spending the night in hotels, and paying buckets of money to play a sport that many of us just went Read more about 10 Tips for Soccer Parents on the Sidleines[…]
Pretty much all the hard work has been done now. You’ve spent a while preparing the session, planning awesome and personalised drills for your athlete(s). The session has been delivered in a fun, dynamic, well paced and informative way and now you can reap the rewards! Once the session is finished, you’ll probably get that warm-fuzzy Read more about What To Do When Your Private Coaching Session Has Finished[…]