In 2008 I started Global Futbol Training in the ‘great recession’ and not only was the economy low, but so was the amount of private trainers. Even till this day you won’t find many full time trainers who teach private soccer lessons for a living. Most coaches who offer personal skills training are club, HS, college coaches or they have another day job. Or they run some sort of indoor or futsal league. Either way, you want to find a good skills trainer who teaches the right stuff at the right time.
Improving your mechanics [form] is key in soccer
Have you ever heard the saying “You can work hard, but if your not doing it right what’s the point?”
Well now you have and this is how soccer is for a lot of players.
There are so many hard working players who are not getting the teaching they deserve.
This is why you are seeing training online becoming popular.
Instead of getting the same old training from your team coach, players are getting online to get what works.I launched my online soccer program in January of 2017 and we have had new clients improving worldwide.
My trainees are from California, Michigan, Louisiana, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey and even as far as UK, Spain, Canada and New Zealand.
The thing they all like is how the quality of video and teaching motivates them to keep doing them.
You can send video to me for feedback, which I love to do.
Of the 76,000 monthly readers on my blog not all do the online courses… Instead, some spend their time reading from the 400+ articles.
Team coaches can’t teach you everything you need
Even if you have one of the best coaches in America or the World you just can’t get enough reps or teaching.
The main areas that private soccer lessons will help you is your shooting and finishing.
Even if there is a small group of 4 players, you are having to share all the soccer balls.
There are certain things that you can do better in a small group, but finishing is by far the best thing for your time and money.
Think about all the ways you can finish on goal.
The cool thing about private lessons is not only are you improving your finishing, but also your short and long passes.
Again, small groups or large groups have their strengths.
Example, large groups in my opinion are best for improving your speed of play. This means being able to get the ball and release it fast and accurate.
I’ve played club soccer my whole life with great coaches and am going to play D1 college soccer next year, but the skills I learn with Jeremie [GFT] are different. He puts you in uncomfortable scoring and passing positions that help in a real game.
Lucy Meadows – Texas State University
Boosting player confidence with positive affirmation
When you do something good, does it feel nice to hear positive feedback or get detailed correction?
Of course it does.
Imagine getting affirmation & correction once a week in your own private soccer lessons.
Someone in your corner to tell you good job when you do good or to hear “it’s okay – no problem” when you mess up.
If you are being challenged in private soccer lessons then you are going to mess up often.
If you are only doing easy things that are fun to you, then you are not improving your weaknesses.
It’s good to also work on strengths, but it has to be a mix.
Working on shooting or passing with both your weak foot and strong foot (left and right foot).
Best skills to work on in private soccer lessons
For players that are not new to the game, working on things you can’t practice on your own are best.
If you are new to soccer, ball control and dribbling are the first things that needs to be addressed. This helps players fall in love with the ball and makes soccer more fun.
Players who are already good at this element, than working on your first touch trapping, passing and finishing.
When you watch pro soccer the main thing you will notice is how good they are at trapping and passing the ball. This is the game of soccer/football/futbol!
When I train USYNT (US Youth National Team) players, college player or pro players I am going to work on first touch passing & finishing every time.
Getting both feet reps that they can’t get at team practice or on their own, compared to with a soccer skills trainer.
Many of my students work on ball control/dribbling/first touch on their own using my online ball control methodology.
When they work with me in person we do things they can’t practice on their own. This way they fast track their development, instead of wasting time doing with me what they can do on their own.
Watch video below of 2 college players from Northern Alabama University working with me for the first time.
See how they improve dribbling skill and confidence within minutes.
What young academy players should practice
Always trying to improve both feet with the short pass.
So partner drills working on 1 passing from 5-10 yards away.
Even the top teams in Europe practice 1 touch passing for 5 minutes straight.
The problem for youth players in America and most parts of the world is they think since it’s easy they don’t need to practice.
Footskills/Dribbling with both feet, using all surface areas of the foot. So using the inside, laces, outside laces and sole.
If you don’t have a partner to work with it’s okay. If you can find a wall or rebounder, I believe it is better than using a person. The amount of passes and first touches you can get using a wall is higher in most cases.
I wrote a blog post on how to improve passing and first touch using a wall. It has several free videos to give you different wall training drills.
Soccer coaches should teach many elements
Most players this age 6-9 are only comfortable using the inside of the feet. So forcing them to dribble using the outside of the foot is very helpful.
Besides dribbling you also want to work on receiving throw-ins and volley drills. These drills are also going to get academy players ahead of their peers.
Kids as young as 6-7 years old should start to be introduced to trapping the ball with the inside of their back foot.
How to open up the hips to receive in soccer
In doing this you can take it to another level and work on opening up the hips before receiving the ball.
Opening up the hips allows the player to be able to play out another direction faster.
What this means is when the ball is traveling to you, open up and face where you want to go.
By the time you get the ball you can already play another direction from where you received the ball. In doing this, you need to receive the ball with the inside of the back foot.
Kids this young [ages 6-9] who are doing private lessons or small group skills training will be able to get ahead technically. This means they can start to work on things that the older player work on.
There are players in college who are not good at this, because they were not properly trained.
For the older players it now takes them longer to get comfortable on the ball.
High school players focus should be
First touch, passing with both feet short and long. Striking with the laces, bending balls with the inside and outside of the foot.
Be clean with volley drills using both the inside and laces. If these are easy then instead of your partner tossing from 4 yards away have them toss from 10 yards away.
Guaranteed to challenge you!
Other partner drills of 3 players redirecting the volley using different techniques.
High school players need to be working on everything. I could write a full article on this, so instead I will leave it at these vital elements of the game.
Besides the training, high school players need to be reminded to have the mental strength in knowing you have to try to be perfect at the simple things.
College and Pro players using private soccer lessons
No matter how old you are there is never a time where you should think you don’t need to keep improving.
Even Carli Lloyd had her own private soccer skills trainer in New Jersey. Her trainer has worked with her for years.
Then you have another Women’s Pro and USWNT Player Taylor Smith who works with me in her off-season in Texas. Check out these highlights of Taylor Smith & I below.
Many college and pro players are at that level due to their athletic ability.
So if you are not working on your own you will mostly likely fall off the map at some point.
There are too many people working hard to not want to do the same.
The best pro players in every sport are the ones who work on their own, outside of team practice.
Private soccer coaches across America
Youth soccer clubs across America are doing a good job developing players.
Most of these players will tell you at some point or on going, they learned a lot of their soccer skills from a private trainer.
In most cities you can find a few people who offer private soccer training on the side.
Some of you have expressed that it’s hard to find a private soccer coach in your area.
Personally I’ve lived in the “Bay Area” Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Texas teaching youths…
Even though all of these are hotbeds for youth soccer, there are only a few if any private soccer training companies.
When I moved to Dallas there was 1, maybe 2… Although, now there are probably a dozen. They took note:)
I’ve had people email me from other states asking if I know any skills trainers who are not club coaches. It’s just not heard of much in most places.
Either way, one of the best things you can do is train at home by yourself.
Find a wall to pass/shoot against – like this. It will also helps your 1st touch/trapping.
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