For a lot of players in the US it’s summer break. For many soccer players, it’s time to relax, put your feet up, and wait for soccer season. “I’ll go through pre-season training or team camp at the same condition and standard as everyone else” you might say to yourself. But is this really what you want to do? Wouldn’t it be great if you could start the upcoming season better than the season you just finished?
As a coach, I love it when my players take that extra initiative – it says that they’re willing to go the extra mile in their self-improvement, and says a lot about their character. Good players do everything they’re asked to. Great players go above and beyond and put the work in when no-one’s looking. That’s what champions are made of. What kind of player do you want to be?
Here are some programs that you might want to check out if you’re serious about taking your soccer to the next level:
One of the most well known soccer training programs, Beast Mode Soccer is internationally recognized and used by professional players, collegiate players, and youth players alike. Founded by David Copeland-Smith in 2010, Beast Mode Soccer provides:
..a training system to help guide players’ technical development and to instill a proactive, progressive mindset of self-reliance and personal accountability within his clients. The result? The creation of a training culture that has attracted the likes of countless collegiate, professional, and international players such as Alex Morgan, Landon Donovan, and Ali Riley and the publication of an award winning at-home training guide to direct players with their technical development while they’re on their own.
I would definitely grab the free training guide program available on the site. If you want to take your game to the next level, I would definitely check out the free consultation that’s currently on offer as well.
Online Soccer Academy is a free online training program that helps players improve. Set up by former pro soccer player Jared Montz, the academy helps players with individual skills, such as 1v1 defending, change of direction moves, shooting tips, and many more.
With over 200 free how-to videos, Jared goes into great detail regarding the technical requirements of soccer skills, and breaks it down so that you’ll be able to replicate it at home. There are videos every Monday, and emails every Tuesday, featuring training videos, youth player spotlights, and motivational quotes. Online Soccer Academy also travels across the country doing various training camps and programs.
One of the cool things about the online soccer academy is their support of the Nothing but Nets juggle-a-thon. Want to improve your soccer and help a great cause? The juggle-a-thon is a great motivator.
Steve Roberts Skill School is a YouTube channel that helps soccer players emulate the skills, goals, tricks, and moves of professional players. The YouTube Channel has over 1 Million subscribers and features insane football skills, pro-player tutorials, learning football skills, and freestyle soccer skills.
iSoccer is designed to sharpen your skills while having fun at the same time. Offering a player membership where you can challenge your friends or teammates to various skills or moves, see how you stack up against the best players, earn badges for your progress, and tell everyone how many touches you got on the soccer ball. Also available are 500 training videos for members to watch.
iSoccer does cost, and there are monthly, seasonally, and yearly membership plans. However, there are 14 days trials for each level of membership so you can give it a try before you have to pay anything.
Remember, your improvement in soccer is your responsibility. If you put in the work, you will reap the rewards.