If you want to become a starter on your youth soccer team or just earn more time on the pitch, you have to get the attention of your coach. And there are just a few things you need to do to get your coach to notice you. Here are three ways to impress your youth soccer coach.
1. Always Have a Great Attitude
Whether you are at practice or in a game, always maintain a stellar attitude. You can do that by listening attentively to your coach, staying positive no matter what the score, treating practices seriously and putting the team first. Acting this way will make you extremely coachable. That's what good coaches look for in their players.
2. Improve Your Soccer Ability
To get more time on the field, you need to prove that you can handle it. You can do that by improving your soccer skill. I tell my players to play so well that I cannot take them out of the game. Improve your weak soccer skills as well as your strong ones. Aim to win drills in practice. Be first in conditioning sprints. One of the best ways to get the attention of any soccer coach is to win a race at practice. Speed is a key indicator that you might be ready to be on the field more.
3. Give Tremendous Effort
Always give your best effort. Push yourself whenever you take the field. This is one of the most basic things you can do to stand out. And not all players give their best effort. Believe me, coaches notice when players give strong efforts. You will need to get your conditioning up. Otherwise, you will not be able to sustain a strong effort for very long. Also remember that strong effort can make up for your mistakes and weaknesses.
These are three things you can do to impress your soccer coaches. You can improve your attitude and effort right away. And if you do that, your soccer ability will improve too. Before you know it, you will be a starter. You will be the player that the coach cannot take out of the game.
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Edwin Torres has been coaching competitive youth soccer since 2001. He enjoys coaching, playing and watching the game of soccer. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.