Why The Current Obsession With ‘Foot Skills’ Is Holding Us Back From Developing Elite Soccer Players And How To Re-frame The Importance Of Foot Skills

If you have a child playing youth club soccer chances are you’ve seen some kids playing the game that have excellent foot skills.   At times, you may even see some teams that, collectively, are great with the ball at their feet.   As a coach, I’ve seen it too. Clubs and teams heavily promoting foot skills. Games where players seem to want to take as many touches as possible every time they receive the ball. I’ve seen plenty of training sessions (even run some myself), where the kids spend large amounts of time focused on nothing but executing...

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