Your child does not need a coach to succeed as a soccer player.
Wow. Bold statement, yes?
But is it true?
To a great extent, yes it is.
It seems to be somewhat of an epidemic in today’s society to outsource everything relating to raising our children to someone else — to “experts”.
And nowhere is this more evident than in youth soccer.
We’ve come to think that if we can just get our child on a better team, with a better coach and better competition that they will somehow become a better player.
While good coaches are a great asset and competition is a good thing, this sort of thinking is missing a huge determining factor in our child’s success on the soccer pitch.
The best coach in the world can’t do anything with a bunch of players that haven’t mastered the fundamentals any more than Michelangelo could have painted the Sistine Chapel using a box of crayola crayons.
In order to succeed, a coach needs players that have mastered the fundamentals of the game….and in order for your child to master the fundamentals of the game, they have to get touches on the ball.
And this is why your child doesn’t NEED a coach.
Your child needs to master the fundamentals…and once they master the fundamentals, THEN a good coach will be able to help them become a great soccer player in a team sense.
That is where YOU – the parent – come in.
Your Child’s Best Coach
There is no one more capable and uniquely qualified to help your child learn the fundamentals of soccer than you.
I don’t care if you’ve never touched a soccer ball in your life. You are STILL more qualified to help your child learn the fundamentals than their soccer coach is.
A few reasons:
- Your child knows you
- Your child trusts you
- You’re with your child throughout the year (not just during soccer practices and games)
- Your child wants to spend time with you
These are HUGE advantages you have over your child’s soccer coach…and they make you uniquely qualified to help them learn the fundamentals of the game.
Not sure where to start? I’d recommend using my Free Training Manual, 7 Soccer Moves Your Kid Will Love. This Manual will walk you through 7 foundational moves you can teach your child — complete with step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and training tips.
10,000 Touches a Day
I read an article recently that suggests that having a goal of 10,000 touches on the ball daily would make a HUGE difference in the success of a country’s youth development programs.
The author of the article says,
“It’s easy to side with the quality over quantity argument, but the best players in the world didn’t take the chance. No, they played the numbers game. Perhaps 10,000 touches a day is like money in a piggybank – a tangible investment.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Yes, the quality of your child’s practice is important, however I would venture a guess that 95% of youth soccer players don’t get enough quantity of touches to ever get to a place of consistent quality.
The author shares how he had the opportunity to train with a youth team in Holland where the players did a 10,000 touch practice every single day, 6 days a week.
More touches on the ball will lead to more confidence, skill and mastery of the fundamentals that will allow your child to be more creative in game situations.
Is 10,000 Touches Possible?
I know what you’re thinking…with how busy your child is — not to mention how busy you are, how in the heck are you going to find time to get 10,000 touches a day, six days a week?
You don’t have to.
The majority of youth players do not get 10,000 touches on a ball during the entire time they are between seasons…or even during a season outside of their scheduled practices and games.
What does that mean?
It means that if your child was able to get 500-1,000 touches a day a couple times a week, they would be miles ahead of other kids.
Your child can get 500-1,000 touches on the ball in as little as 15-30 minutes (depending on their age, skill level and how hard they work).
Let’s do some math… (this math assumes 4 weeks/month…)
1,000 touches a day, 5 days a week = 20,000 touches a month / 240,000 touches a year!!
…. but let’s say your child doesn’t want to play soccer for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week…
- 1,000 touches a day, 3 days a week = 12,000 touches a month / 144,000 touches a year!!
- 1,000 touches a day, 2 days a week = 8,000 touches a month / 96,000 touches a year!!
Even just 1 day a week leads to…
1,000 touches a day, 1 day a week = 4,000 touches a month / 48,000 touches a year!!
Even if your child was only able to sneak in 10-15 minutes a day, 1 day a week, this is what it’d look like:
500 touches a day, 1 day a week = 2,000 touches a month / 24,000 touches a year!!
Do you think your child will be any better at soccer if he/she got an additional 24,000 touches a year beyond practices and games???
OF COURSE THEY WILL BE!
Question: How often do you play soccer with your child?