by Christian Isquierdo
So you have to question which score we should really be keeping at the end of a youth soccer game. Do we keep the number of times a team one touches the ball past an immature goalie? Or do we count the number of touches our team has vs the numbers of the other team? Do we value the player who juggles 20 times once a week or the player who juggles 10 times every day. In the end, it’s all a matter of orientation.
It's not rocket science. People focused on results before development are a curse on the future of the game and the quality of footballers being produced no matter what country it is. A line from Croatian football legend Petric probably the best way to end this piece "I played my least enjoyable football growing up when I was put under pressure from my parents or coaches. For young footballers it should be just fun". When people enjoy something, they naturally want to improve at it.
Every soccer player practices..... but true athletes train. And that difference is paramount!