"Being a soccer leader -- being a soccer coach -- requires among other qualities the potentially conflicting abilities to be both a decisive decision maker and someone who empowers players to make their own decisions."
IS "Fear of missing out" ruining youth socceR?
"FOMO is one of the primary drivers creating a toxic youth sports atmosphere and making so many children walk away from sports far too soon."
teaching a half-touch mentality
"Half a touch mentality teaches players to recognize the best options; and therefore make the best DECISIONS; BEFORE and in ADVANCE of receiving the ball"
THE CHRISTIAN PULISIC BLUEPRINT
"There are two kinds of soccer parents: those who tell a player what he did wrong after a game and those who just take the kid to get ice cream - Mark and Kelley Pulisic are ice cream parents"
TOO MANY LEAGUES INCREASING TRAVEL PROBLEM
"Parents start checking maps. And their wallets. Charter buses? Entire weekends -- several of them -- spent in hotels? How much will this cost? How will anyone get homework done? Sure, I want my kid to play college soccer, but I also want my kid to be ready for college academically. Otherwise, what’s the point?"
USING THE COERVER METHOD TO BE A BETTER PLAYER
"The Coerver Method focuses on individual skill progression, and the development of tactical awareness through drills carried out in small groups,” writes Sharratt. “Its commanding philosophy is one of control over the ball"
The culture of winning hurts player development
"This culture of winning can have a significant negative impact not only on their children’s enjoyment of the sport, but ultimately on their development as well. It is a vicious cycle pushing clubs to advertise their trophies rather than their retention and improvement of players’ abilities."
TOO MANY TOURNAMENTS HURT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
"The very early laws of the game of soccer stressed a physical component by not allowing a lot of substitutions. Fitness is a part of the game. Ah, so you think there is a fitness component when playing in a tournament? No, there isn't. There is an energy conservation component, not fitness"