How Can I Help My Child Succeed in Soccer

How Can I Help My Child Succeed in Soccer

How Can I Help My Child Succeed in Soccer

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Especially if being a soccer mom or dad is a new concept for you, you might be left totally in the dark with how to help them succeed at soccer. However, if you seem to have a good handle on the ropes of the sport, here are four things that you can do to help your child best succeed at soccer.

 

Encourage Practice at Home

Even if you aren't Cristiano Ronaldo, chances are that you can come up with a few drills that you saw at your child’s practice or you can search Youtube for a few drills to set up in your backyard.

 

It’s important for your kid to see that you're involved in his or her life and in his or her interests—no matter how you may feel about it. You can even look at it as a way for you and your child to grow together. Being a “coach” at home can also give you the opportunity to bond with your kid.

 

Not only do these home practice sessions encourage your child to do better and will help you play a hand in their athletic “career”, it will also give you precious bonding time and memories that will last forever.

 

Don’t Look For the Perfect Team

Even though the Academy team a forty minutes drive looks tempting, try and find a balance between your child’s skill level, your budget, and a realistic look at your schedule. Of course, you always want the best for your kid but just because they're playing at their local (cheaper) club team, it doesn't mean they won’t get the same exposure as in the Academy team. Your child will develop as a player no matter where they are and no matter how “perfect” the other team looks—especially if they are really young!

 

Don’t Rely on Summer Camps

Even though they are a great experience for your kid to develop a responsibility to live away from home and learn how to make new friends, don’t rely on these few days to be the turning point in your child’s career where they turn into the next Megan Rapinoe. A few days won’t make that much of an impact on their soccer skills but they will have a great time and learn a few things!

 

Watch Soccer Together

A very simple thing that you do with your child anyway can actually help them in their soccer career—watching television together. However, you can also take your child outside and go to a local high school or college match to see how the “experts” do it.

 

Not only will this help excite your child in watching the hype and excitement in older and higher level soccer games, it will also help your child develop a desire to be better, give them players to emulate, and give them a great example and model of where they want to be.

 

By engaging in these four activities, you can motivate your kid to be a better player.

 

Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.

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