From the seven qualities of great players, only one of the qualities relates to Ball Striking. However, it’s the most desired session from new students and current students in year seven of LeftFoot Coaching Academy—yet it’s the most misguided assumption
The flight of the ball should be as straight as possible. If the intention is to curve the ball, then it should bend with side spin up and then down toward the receiver. For most players though the target of the strike is not the path that the ball takes. Watch any shots on goal, for an example. Did the player intend to place the ball in the exact spot with the exact height? Probably not.
Some call it Zen, grace, presence, authentic leadership, direct…I just call it LeftFoot Coaching. I just wanted to focus on being there for that player in that moment.
This weeks blog post is about actual tasks that players can try to use to help them progress through the four mental skills that help young players succeed at the next level. Read last week’s blog post: Youth Soccer Player Psychology There were many “thank you’s” and positive comments about the timing of last weeks…
The old saying that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” is rampant in youth soccer. Every player that walks in the door at LeftFoot only dribbles with one foot. They don’t give any love to their left foot.