Categories
Soccer / Football Opinion

Won’t listen to your coach? Guess what will happen…

Learning from an early age that the coach is the one who makes the final decisions regarding the team and accepting this is an important part of becoming a mature soccer player.  Many young players, and senior player for that matter, will argue with their coach.  This doesn’t help them or their move forward. 

Categories
Soccer / Football Opinion Soccer Player IQ

Why you should play on a balanced team

Deciding which team you should play for is a big decision for your soccer career.  The ideas mentioned in this blog are universal for all levels of play and age groups.  If you are so fortunate to have several options to teams to chose from then all the better.  On the other side you may have fewer options.  Either way there are a number of areas to consider and questions you should ask yourself prior to selecting a club.

Categories
Marketing Yourself as a Soccer Player

Don’t just play in a tournament, network before you play!

Most coaches won’t fly or drive to see you play unless you’re putting up some great numbers.  The reality is YOU have to get to them.  He/she can then make a decision as to how (if at all) you fit into their soccer program. 

I participated in a number of tournaments; however, there were important steps I needed to follow before any opportunities truly came about.

Categories
Soccer & Globalization Soccer / Football Opinion

How Soccer Explains The World

For Christmas a few years ago I was given the book titled How Soccer Explains The World – an unlikely theory of globalization by Franklin Foer.  I remember enjoying reading it very much and recently decided to pick it up again and re-educate myself.  The author, Franklin Foer, is a contributing editor at New York magazine and senior editor at The New Republic.  His writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.  He took a year off to travel the world and interview some of the biggest club representatives, firm bosses, players and hooligans in the world.  His research details how soccer is affecting and and in many ways creating globalization.

Categories
Marketing Yourself as a Soccer Player

The Do’s and Don’ts of Soccer Networking

Ever heard of a colleague or friend getting a job because they already knew somebody in the company?  How about making the high school soccer team because the coach had a class favorite?  Or even getting cut from a team for personality reasons?  Silly as these possibilities may be, they exist on both ends of the spectrum for receiving a “lucky” or unlucky break.  Networking in soccer is just as big as in other parts of life and business. 

Categories
Soccer Player Nutrition & Health

Simple Injury Prevention Tips

Injuries are a common occurrence in soccer but many players do not prepare their bodies properly for the long season ahead.  Despite their efforts, players are making common mistakes and injuries are still occurring to them.  There are, however, some tips to follow that can help reduce your chances of injury and keep you in better shape.

Categories
Soccer Player Skill Development

6 Things the Best Forwards have in common

There is more to being a forward in the game of soccer than just being an attacker or wanting to shoot and score.  All forwards in soccer have several unique qualities that separate them from the other positions on the field. 

1)      Instinct in front of the net: true forwards will have a knack for finding the back of the net.  They will be calm when that last touch is needed to score a goal. 

Categories
Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

9 Tips to On-field Communication

On-field communication is one of the most important parts aspects of the game of soccer yet it isn’t always stressed within teams.  When the topic of communication is mentioned, hardly ever does the team go into specificity.  Below are some tips that can help with on-field communication in the game of soccer.

Categories
Marketing Yourself as a Soccer Player

Dallas Cup: THE Showcase Tournament

As with many things in life if you want something, go get it.  As one of my university professors once said “if you want change, you have to change yourself or your situation.  You’re crazy to expect better results if you’re doing the same thing over and over again.”  With that being said there are many soccer tournaments in North America that are great venues to participate in as a player that will expose you to the best players and top scouts around.

Categories
Soccer Player Nutrition & Health

The Good Proteins…there are bad ones?

In a game of soccer your muscles are being worked hard with all of the running and exercise involved.  Protein is an extremely important nutrient that must be consumed for muscle gain to take place.  Most athletes are not aware of the different types of proteins and how they affect your body.  When you finish this blog you will have a better understand what proteins to eat, how often and what it does to your body.

Categories
Soccer Player Nutrition & Health Soccer Training & Fitness

What’s that about carbs, proteins and veggies?

In order to be fit the new season, it is important to plan your diet carefully and to make sure the plan is put into practice.  If you need to lose weight (carrying too much body fat can affect your performance) you should reduce the amount of fat in your diet or foods that lead to fat.  However, do not cut out fats completely.  Providing enough of the right sort of fuel for exercise (carbohydrate) will help to get the most out of training sessions and help to prevent fatigue toward the end of the match. 

Categories
Soccer Player Nutrition & Health

Bet You didn’t know this about Carbohydrates…

You need carbohydrates to get you through the day whether it be to work out, train on the pitch, play a game or quite simply so your body receives the right nutrients to function properly throughout the day.  Without proper carbohydrates you will feel weak, irritated and tired.  Do not eliminate carbohydrates from your diet despite the bad reputation they have received over the years for losing weight and becoming lean like most professional players.