The Mental Game

Best Drills To Improve Shooting

There are only minutes left in the game and your team is trailing by one goal. A loss for your team would mean elimination. Your team is building an attack and is in the final third of the opponent’s territory. You halt your run at the top of the 18-yard box, unmarked. A teammate seeks you out and slips the ball to your feet. Will you get a shot on target and save your team? Or will the ball fly 20 yards over the crossbar because you haven’t practiced your shooting? Hopefully you utilized these best soccer shooting drills.

The Secret Behind Lionel Messi’s Devastating Dribbling Style

Juan Roman Riquelme, the legendary Argentinian midfielder, replied once on TV when asked about Leo Messi: “I’m not completely sure Messi is human. I have never seen a person that runs faster with the ball at his feet than without it. Messi does. How can you do that? Think about it, it doesn’t make sense.”

How many times have we heard things like this?

Should Parents Pay Their Kids For Scoring Goals?

When I was growing up playing youth soccer I had teammates whose parents gave them money whenever they scored. They didn’t receive large sums, but maybe $5-10 per goal. When I first found this out I was upset. For one, why wasn’t I making money for scoring? But more seriously, I was concerned that some of my teammates would be more interested in scoring themselves than helping the team score. So should parents pay their kids for scoring goals in youth soccer?

How To Recruit Youth Players To Your Club Or League

When it comes to attracting top talent to your youth club or league, control what you can control and the rest will take care of itself. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not always simple to know where to focus to recruit youth players, especially if you want the best.

We sat down with several experienced club directors to find out what they focus on to recruit talented young players (and their families) to their organizations.

5 Barcelona Training Drills Coaches Can Use With Young Players

If you are a coach and you want your team to practice and perform like a professional team then look no further. We know that practice makes perfect, so we’ve found the top five training videos created by a team that has demonstrated some near-perfect moments: the one and only FC Barcelona.

The skills and drills of Barcelona’s players can help transform your team into everyone’s biggest competition. 

How To Eat, Train And Play Like Neymar

So you’re the kid on the team with a slender, 5-foot-something frame and weight that falls right in the middle of the 50th percentile for your age. You’ve heard the words “scrawny” and “toothpick” tossed around by coaches when discussing your physique. However, as a product of your natural build, you also possess pace, good foot speed and decent technical ability.

Messi Has Revealed The One Thing He Hopes His Sons Will Understand About Him

Lionel Messi is one of the most soft-spoken players in the world. If he wasn’t constantly one of the two best — if instead he was a middling player taking the field for Stoke City every weekend, then there is every reason to believe that only hardcore fans would know who he is. It is incredibly ironic, then, that he has risen to fame at the dawn of the age of social media, at a time when everyone is making a name for themselves through their personalities. Likes and clicks matter more than news and facts, and Messi has risen above it all. The irony of Messi’s success is not lost on him.

Five Indoor Soccer Tricks And Skills That Will Turn You Into A Beast

The weather’s growing colder and the winter’s first snow storm is imminent, but that doesn’t mean your soccer game has to go into hibernation too. These indoor soccer tricks and skills are guaranteed to humiliate your opponents and drive your game to the next level.

Indoor soccer provides players with an opportunity to work on their close control, to try tricks and skills that would normally land you a spot on the bench and to focus on scoring the golazo of your dreams. 

Now is not the winter of our discontent. Now is the time to play beautiful, my friends.