Soccer Training Must Start From A Young Age

Soccer is a great sport to get children involved in. It teaches them how to be part of a team and how to work with others to achieve an overall goal.

Many schools, especially in Europe and South America have their own specialized soccer coaches that put together teams to take part in inter-school tournaments. Of course, this is a whole multi-tiered process, with potential good players being pitted against each other in internal school leagues and competitions. The PE teachers might ‘coach’ the lesser teams, but the top coach normally selects the team that plays against other schools.

From there, a whole network of scouts and academies come into play. But in recent years, things have gotten even more serious. Many towns and cities have nurseries where children as young as three begin to learn the game of football, kicking the ball and running with it. Those who have superior skill sets are normally singled out very early in the piece and sometimes, they are made offers to play with the youth academies from a very young age.

Once they have been selected to play, they are put into quite a rigorous regime where they train up to three or four times a week. They are assigned nutritionists to help bulk up and build up their strength so they can compete on the field against fully grown men, even though they are still small by comparison in their teenage years. The youth coaches identify the areas where the youngsters have talent, if they are big and strong, they can play at center defense or as a striker. If they have good dribbling skills, they can play on the wing and midfield.

Players who are good enough are eventually promoted to the senior squad and have to adjust to an even harsher health and training regime. The rewards for those that persevere can be huge, but it has to start somewhere and that is nursery training at a very young age. Raw talent is never enough. The perfect example of that could be George Best.