Joe-Max Moore on how to get better (on your own).
"With teams in our country training two or three times a week, it’s really not good enough, to be honest ... you really have to get out on your own and do extra work. If kids are on their own, they can just juggle, be comfortable with the ball and have good technique. They can just put it up in the air, have a couple touches on it and make sure they have good technique trapping the ball. After they trap the ball, they can work on the first two or three steps, trying to make them as quick as possible. With dribbling, it’s important to work on fakes to beat defenders. I know it’s hard, but if they can get a few balls together and work on shooting, they can learn how to bend the ball and try to learn how to take a free kick.
-- Joe-Max Moore, 3 time US Team World Cup Player, from www.ussoccerplayers.com.
|When you see someone going after
it in practice, it's contagious.
"I remember growing up, I wanted to win, but not at all costs. You had friends on the team, and you wanted everyone to like you. It was hard. Its part mentality and part process - just knowing that it's okay if you beat this person and because you you are trying to make her better. When I got to college, I certainly wanted to win, but I didn't win a one-v-one my entire freshman year. I had to learn, and I learned from the other players around me. When you see someone going after it in practice, its contagious. When you see someone busting their hump, you want to do it too."
-- Carla Overbeck from The Champion Within.
Before success comes a thirst for excellence.
"There are many people, particularly in sports, who think success and excellence are the same thing, and they are not the same thing. Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable and largely within a persons control. In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside of our control...If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually...People who put excellence in first place have the patience to end up with success... The person fascinated by quality is excited when he/she sees it in others."
-- Joe Paterno, Penn State Football
So it costs a little money.
-- Feb. 8 2002 Oppenheimer Funds Press Release
What to do with average speed...
-- Hege Riise, captain of the
WUSA Carolina Courage and a Norwegian National team member.
Take your game to the next level!
"The players you admire as skillful have earned your respect by working many hours perfecting their talents. Some of you will have skills that are better that others. Regardless, you can become better at any of these areas through practice."
"Have a passionate reason to play. Never lose sight
of the game. That is an essential ingredient. Playing should be fun, full
of life and your play must be passionate."
on fundamental skills..
"The ability to make your skills come through under pressure in a game situation, to be able to control the ball with your feet as if they were your hands, is the essence of soccer. You must love the feel of the ball as you touch it with every surface of your cleats, your legs, your chest and head. Strive to make your skills so sharp and clean that they will not break down in the high-pressure atmosphere of the game."
Pelé on effort
"I don't believe there is such a thing as a born soccer player. Perhaps
you are born with certain skills and talents, but quite frankly it seems
impossible to me that one is actually born to be an ace soccer player.
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."