10 Soccer Tips For Kids and Beginners

– In this video, I’m giving you 10 soccer tips for kids and beginners. So, if you are a younger player, or you’re just starting out, these are gonna be perfect to help you grow as a player, faster, so you’re developing what you need to develop so you can play at the higher level later on. That’s coming up next. What’s up guys? It’s Dave here from Simply Soccer, and on this channel, we are producing weekly content, in order to help you improve your game and stand out on the pitch.

So, if that sound good to you, make sure you hit that subscribe button and that bell icon, so you don’t miss any of the great videos that we release. Now, in this video, like I said, I want to give 10 great soccer tips for kids and beginners. But, even though these tips are more directed towards kids and beginners, it doesn’t mean as a more experienced player, you can’t use these tips, or gain something from them.

That being said, let’s get right into the first one. And tip number one is to work on the fundamentals. To build that foundation of fundamental skills, they’re going to help you develop more advanced skills later on, but, the fact of the matter is, even as you go up levels in football, there is always a focus on the fundamental skills of football. The last thing you want to have happen is, you get older, you go up levels, but, your passing isn’t so great because you didn’t work on it that much as a kid. Or, your ball control is lacking, because you weren’t focusing on that fundamental enough as a kid. Working on the fundamentals is one of the best things you can do as a young player, as a beginner, to improve quickly, because, everything branches out from those fundamentals.

Other advanced skills, other subtle nuance skills, come from those fundamentals. But, they’re also used the most in the game, more than any other skill. You know, ball control is something you’ll be using multiple times every single game. Passing and receiving as well, shooting for certain players as well. And so, you really wanna be focusing and working on these fundamentals very often, I would say every single week. Probably, at least a little bit every single training session, if you really want to grow quickly as a player, and be more effective in your matches as you start to progress through the game.

Second tip, and this kinda plays off that first one, is you want to develop good habits. There are many habits that players develop that actually hurt them later on, and these can include, for example, always having their head down, not being aware of what’s around them. Not working on things like their confidence, their attitude being poor, there are many different habits, little to big, that you want to start developing early on, that are just going to help you more and more as you grow older and as you move up levels. I’ll give you a very simple one, a habit a lot of players unfortunately develop, is they get very frustrated on the field when they start making mistakes.

And, a good habit to start developing early, is to learn how to get over your mistakes pretty quickly, and get back into the flow of the match. This is an issue I actually had as a kid, and had to get out of the habit of doing as I got older, but, I still wish I had developed it more as a kid, for when I made a mistake, I would be able just to bounce back immediately. And, this is just an example of a good habit you want to start developing early on, as a beginner, or, a kid. Number three is have fun! And, I know, that’s a simple one, but, you know, a lot of players forget, usually the original reason that they got into football. And, you know, for me, it was always because I loved the game, I loved playing it. Sure, I was good at it, and that definitely makes things more fun, which is why improving and using these tips is going to be very valuable to you. Because, it will make the game more fun, and less frustrating. But, have fun with the game. You know, have training sessions that are fun, go for a kick-about with your mates, you know, have fun with it.

Because, at the end of the day, yes, you need to be serious if you want to grow into a better player, but, never lose that playfulness when it comes to football. Never lose that fun vibe that it comes with. Number four is do individual training consistently. A lot of young players, especially when I grew up in the states, I’m originally from England, but, I came over when I was three, and, I noticed, at least in the States, a lot of players would just train with their team, usually just once or twice a week, and they wouldn’t do their own separate training.

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And, if you want to become a much better player, especially younger, or as a beginner, you need to be putting in that individual training pretty much every single day. And again, this isn’t meant to be grueling, just be consistent with it, which we’ll get into, but, if you’re doing that individual training consistently, you’re going to see massive improvements in your game. Yes, team training’s gonna be great, but, there are things in team training that you’re going to do that you won’t do in your individual training, and vice versa. There are things in your individual training you get more of, than you would in your team training. So, make sure you are developing some kind of routine of individual training, as it’s just going to help you grow so much faster. Number five is, if you can afford it, and, if you’re really serious, get into a training program.

When I was a kid, I would go to camps, I would go to all these different things, and of course, that was all my parents, to be able to pay for that when I was like, seven, eight, nine years old, or, even a little bit older. But, if you can, you know, you can buy training courses online for example, many people offer them. I offer them, you can even check out my training courses if you go into the link down below, and go into the Simply Soccer Academy. But, you know, a lot of these courses aren’t that expensive, they’re usually always under a hundred dollars. Mine, for example, is 29 dollars. And, if you want to get a leg up, it’s always a great thing to do. Instead of going blindly in the dark. Especially if you’re a parent, or, a kid who is very new to football.

You know, you want to have some guidance on what’s actually going to help you improve. And so, getting into a training program is a great way to do that. Going to things like summer camps, or, clinics is another great way to do that, because, you’ll get coaching right then and there, and then you can take what you learned there back into your individual training. But, getting some kind of guidance, whether it’s from a course, again, which I like because it’s very affordable, whether it’s at a camp, which are more expensive, clinics are usually more expensive, but, if you can afford them, and, it’s something you wanna do, definitely go for it. It’s definitely good to get that guidance, instead of just fumbling around in the dark without a light, trying to figure out what to do.

These courses, the camps, the clinics, basically, give you that light, and move you in the direction that you need to be going, so that you’re saving time and not getting as stressed out. Number six, for you beginners and you kids who want to improve, is to watch football often. So many of the things I learned, as a player, when I was younger, was from watching professional matches all the time. I even remember, quite distinctly, when I was seven years old, I even remember the age, I watched a professional match before I went off to a match on my own, and, I saw this guy do this move, beat through the defenders and score, and I replicated that in my game and scored a goal doing the exact same thing. When you watch a lot of football, you start to pick up on patterns.

You start to pick up on things. Especially if you’re a young player, and you start watching football a lot as you grow older, you’ll start to pick up on things, like, different movements you need to be doing, you’ll start picking up on how to do different things, how professionals do them, how the best of the best do certain things. And, you want to start developing those habits of learning from those best players. So, watch professional matches often. Watch football often. If you’re a parent, you know, it would be a good thing to help your kid, or, get your kid into watching those professional matches often, and, maybe even analyzing those matches with them as well. Again, it’s not a requirement, but, I find that improving your football IQ is important, and this is a great way to do it.

Especially at a young age. And, I remember falling in love with football at a very young age, and learning so much about it, through watching the World Cup, through watching the Premier League, through watching all of this different professional matches. Number seven is to play on a team, and do it often, if you can. And, this is more towards beginners who, usually, get a little up in their head about joining a team, because they’re beginners. You know, for kids, most players are obviously starting out at that beginner level, so, usually it’s not too difficult. But, if you’re a beginner, just get yourself on a team. It doesn’t really matter what level at this moment, we’ll work on that later, but, get yourself on a team, because, you need to be playing that 11 v 11 or, whatever it is. For kids usually it’s 8 v 8, or something. You need to be playing in those real matches to get that real match experience. And, even if you’re not great right away, it’s okay, through your individual training, your team training, and all the stuff in this video, that you’ll hopefully be doing, you will get better and better. But, don’t shy away from joining a team, even if you haven’t already. You need to get that match experience, you need to get in that team environment, that’s gonna be so valuable for your growth as a player. And so, you need to be on a team. And, one thing I used to do as a kid, I played as often as I could. So, even if I was on a team, I would always try and find other teams I could play on. If there were indoor teams, I would try and join multiple ones.

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You know, I remember when I was in high school, I would try and sneak onto the B team after I played for the A team, and my indoor team, to get more minutes. And, whenever my high school coach was there, he didn’t like that, but, I was able to catch some more minutes by doing that. And so, you’ll wanna be playing as often as you can, especially in that team environment. Because, that experience is gonna be so valuable for you later, and you’re just gonna develop more and more, the more matches you play in. Number eight is actually playing off this last one, and it’s do not be afraid to move up levels as you get better. You know, a lot of players will stay on the team they’re comfortable in, even if they’re the best player, even if they’re what’s called a big fish in a small pond. When you are obviously better than the rest of your team, and, I don’t mean to say that so that it seems like you’re being big-headed, it’s not, it’s just being honest with yourself, you dominate the matches, the competition is too easy for you now, it’s time to move up. And, don’t be afraid to do that, even at a very young age. Because, the better players you’re exposed to, the better players you’re playing against, the better you’re going to get. And, the longer you can do that, where you’re continually challenging yourself, the better you’re gonna get throughout the years.

So, if you find that, okay, you’ve grown past this team, even if you’re seven, eight, or, even younger kid, and you found okay, look, I’ve been doing individual training, none of these other kids have, I’ve been getting better and better, and for you parents, if you recognize this as well, I’m not saying immediately take him out of the team, but start searching for more elite teams in the area, or, wherever else, because, that’s going to be hugely beneficial. You know, my game dramatically jumped when I moved club teams, and they were twice to three times as good as the club team I was on previously, and I got twice to three times as good, because, I was around better players in every training session. Because, I was playing against better teams, nationally ranked teams, all this kinda stuff, so, if you have outgrown the team you are on now, never be afraid of moving up levels, or looking for a new team that’s more suited to your level as a player. Number nine is to work on your confidence early, and for parents, you know, a great skill to help your kids work on, is their confidence. Instilling them with that self-belief, because, I can tell you, I’ve met many skillful players, and I’ve had this problem too, before, that just, were inconsistent in their performances as they got older because they started doubting themselves, because they didn’t have the confidence. But, when you’re a confident player, you play better. There’s just no way getting around it, you become a better player if you are confident in your ability, you are confident in your ability to bounce back when you make mistakes, you’re confident that your form will come back if you’re going through a rough patch. You’re confident that you can keep the momentum going when you’re in a good patch of form. So, developing that confidence early on is so important, because, that’s again, another foundational skill, I believe, that just helps you grow as a player. So, for parents, for kids, for beginners, anyone who’s listening to this, develop that confidence early on, as much as you can. It’s a skill like anything else, it’s something that’s learned, its something that can be taught, it’s something that you gain through experience. But, to actually have awareness around growing your confidence is going to be so valuable, and, is going to help you in other areas of life as well. I do have a free course on confidence building, seven-day confidence building, if you are interested, also in the Simply Soccer Academy. You can check that out, again, completely free, no strings attached, that will help you with soccer-specific confidence. So, check that out, if that interests you. Finally, the last tip I wanna give, and there are so many other tips I could give, but, I wanted to give this as well. It’s work on specific drills. Deliberate practice. And, to start getting into the practice of deliberate training early on. And, what that means is, you’re not just training willy-nilly, you’re not just training in a way that’s general. You’re focusing on very specific things. You’re training in a very deliberate way. Using almost, like, the 80-20 rule. What are the things that are gonna bring you the most results? Now, for me, one of the ways I like to do this, is to focus specifically on my position. Sure, I’ll do general stuff, like work on my fundamental skills. And then, I’ll work on things I know are gonna help me stand out in my position. Now, for many of you, you might be very young, to the point where you don’t know what your position is yet, so, if that’s the case, its okay. Same for you beginners. But, if you do, if you know for example, I am a striker, I’m a great goal-scorer, I’m gonna be a striker for the foreseeable future, or, I’m a mid-fielder, or, I’m even a goalie. What specific drills for those positions can you use to help you stand out? Because, I can tell you there are a million and one players that are good at everything, but, don’t have that x factor, that don’t have that thing that helps them stand out in matches. What can you do to develop those things that separate you from the pack? Could you be an amazing goal-scorer, who works on their runs all the time, so they’re always finding space in the box to score? Has incredible finishing and composure, because you deliberately work on those things. So, what specific drills, specific training, can you do to elevate your game to the point where you’re standing out? This is more of an advanced idea, and isn’t necessarily one that is, I think, required at such a young age, but, it’s a good thing to think about. Especially if you know what kind of player you are already, or, what kind of player you want to become. Alright guys, I know this was a longer video, I wanted to get those all out there, and, you know, these are just tips. You can research each one of these more in depth, but, I truly believe for all you beginners, for all you kids, even those of you who are more experienced, that all of these tips are going to help elevate your game, to help you in so many different ways as you get older, as you become a better player, and if you implement all of these, and you stick with them, I promise you, you will see massive results over time as you do it. So, get on it. Make sure you do it. Thanks again so much for watching this video, please make sure you like it, and you share it with any other kid or beginner player who you think can benefit from it. Like I mentioned, you can check out the links down below, especially the Simply Soccer Academy to check out what we have going on there. You know, we have a lot of great stuff on there to help you continue to learn as a player. I will put two other videos up on the screen now, so you can continue to watch these free videos to learn and improve, and, to become a better player. And, I will see you in the next video.

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