dragonchild: 8-year-olds dude. If you can coach anyone to play any defense beyond "run toward ball and kick", the very gods will descend from the skies and ask YOU to make miracles for THEM.
Fizpez: The skill level difference between some kids at 6-8 years old is horrific. My son is on a U8 recreation (rec) league - one kid basically cries every time the ball hits him anywhere but the foot, there is one player on his team who can dribble through traffic almost with impunity. One or two of the others are easily distracted and have been known to wander off while playing goalie early in the season. Their coach did a nice job improving them over the year and they beat just about every other rec team easily.We played a U7 travel team last weekend (kids one year younger) - we managed to hang with them 3-2 after one quarter but the game ended 8-3 - they had at least 3 kids who could rip a well placed shot with either foot immediately after making a skilled move past a defender.
TeamEd: You can bet that child is already getting top quality coaching.
Fizpez: there is one player on his team who can dribble through traffic almost with impunity. One or two of the others are easily distracted and have been known to wander off while playing goalie early in the season.
Go_Guins: Yea, kickball! I bet no one keeps score and everyone gets a trophy too.
Gonz: That, or these are kids who are already being looked at as potential professional players.
TeamEd: Here's a good example of why Europeans are better at soccer.Those U9 teams are run by teams in the Bundesliga.You can bet that child is already getting top quality coaching.
dragonchild: Gonz: That, or these are kids who are already being looked at as potential professional players.Before the adolescent growth spurt? Isn't that kind of like judging a meal by going to the farm and looking at a handful of seeds?
Gonz: Lionel Messi's 5'7". Diego Maradona was 5'5". Ronaldinho and Gareth Bale are both 6'0", and Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo are both 6'1".So I don't think clubs are overly concerned about height. This isn't the NBA, where there's a decided advantage in being 6'8".
BowtoMogul: Thats an extremely standard move. Thats only slightly fancier than dribbling.
Red_Fox: My son used to play rep soccer...there was a kid at around age 10 who was so good he was nearly running circles around the competition literally. He scored about 4 or 5 goals per game. Within 4 years he wasn't even good enough to be on the team anymore. He was so advanced athletically beyond his peers at age 10 but he was an early bloomer, everyone caught up and kicked his ass by age 14. Recruiting kids under age 12 is just dumb.
skrame: There's currently a commercial for cameras, I believe Canon, that has kids playing soccer. They look to be about 4-5 years old. They're doing headers and bicycle kicks. Is that possible and is it real, or is that a fake commercial?
skrame: This seems a good place to ask: There's currently a commercial for cameras, I believe Canon, that has kids playing soccer. They look to be about 4-5 years old. They're doing headers and bicycle kicks. Is that possible and is it real, or is that a fake commercial?/mother-in-law says it's got to be fake; wife says there are awesome gymnastic and other athletic kids at that age so it's possibly real./I abstained, because we were at the in-laws for dinner and I was focused on the Bears game and not getting in between those two ladies.
asciibaron: i coached when my oldest was in U7. the first month we never practiced with a ball, just played keep away - the other teams would score like crazy. that all ended when i introduced the ball into the keep away drills. it was amazing to watch them pass the ball past the other teams who were so cocksure after trumping us a few weeks before. it was a great experience and i couldn't believe the number of parents that wanted me to coach again the following year. one of the coaches asked to be my assistant because it was clear my coaching style had an impact.
Gonz: Go_Guins: Yea, kickball! I bet no one keeps score and everyone gets a trophy too.That, or these are kids who are already being looked at as potential professional players.Check out the jersey sponsors- Phantasialand (a fairly major amusement park) for one team, and LG for the other. That ain't Chico's Bail Bonds.This isn't like having a local Little League team called the Yankees. It's more like the New York Yankees having a Little League team.
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