Dear young footballers,
This is a difficult time where we have all been sidelined by a force of nature outside of our control. Most importantly, I hope you are all healthy and safe. Even though we cannot come together right now and train and have fun playing the game that we all love, you can still use this time to grow as a player. When you’re not busy with schoolwork, I urge you to work with the ball on your own, find a nearby wall to be your passing partner if you don’t have one, work on juggling and individual skills, watch old matches that are being shown on television, and go onto Youtube and research players that you admire and study them.
I know it’s not exactly fun to play soccer by yourself. It’s a team sport and we all know from this mandatory break that it’s a lot more fun to play in a group, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still grow as players while we’re apart. It’s up to you. I wish you all good health and hope to see you all back on the soccer pitch soon. I will leave you with a few quotes to think about from some of soccer’s most prized contributors. Ask yourself how bad you want it…
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé
“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
“I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.” – Roy Keane