It is critical to motivate soccer players. Below is some of the best advice from famous coaches, players and motivational experts. Click this link for over 200 Testimonials about how to motivate soccer players.
“Competition is key to developing soccer players. The only practice environment in which you truly develop a soccer player is a competitive arena.” Anson Dorrance Watch Video Clips of Anson Dorrance & Tom Stone Soccer Clinic DVD and Read an article about how Anson Dorrance uses Competition during practice to develop each player’s potential and the importance of competition, pressure and keeping score during practice.) Anson Dorrance is possibly the greatest college soccer coach in history and one of the most successful coaches in any sport. His teams have won 20 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships. Yes, this isn't a misprint – 20 NCAA Soccer Championships.
“Usually a championship team is built on a strong defense. That is something you can bring to every game. A great attack is always going to be inconsistent – at least on the scoreboard – that’s the nature of the game.” Anson Dorrance in “The Vision of a Champion”
April Heinrichs on practice: “Build competition into the practice. It’s more fun and better prepares players for real soccer matches”. April Heinrichs was Soccer America’s “Player of the Decade” for the 1980’s, a 3 time All American at the University of North Carolina where she scored 87 goals in 90 games and Anson Dorrance said she was one of the best he has ever seen at 1 v 1 attacking, the first female player voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Captain of the World Cup Championship team in 1991, Head Coach of the U.S. U-16 Girl’s National Team, Head Coach at the University of Virginia, and at the time of our interview she coached the U.S. Women’s National Team. Click here to read a review of April Heinrichs excellent DVD set, “Training Girls and Women to Win”
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where the puck is…” Wayne Gretsky, great hockey player when asked how he scores so many goals.
“You can’t think and hit at the same time.” Yogi Berra (Note from David – this one is wise… don’t think when you need to react)
Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
Habits are critical for players. They cannot think and play well at the same time. Don Meyer, winningest men’s college basketball coach (over 900 victories)
The three best things I’ve learned in coaching: my players must play Hard, Hard, Hard. John Wild
R.E.P.S.- Repetition Elevates Personal Skills. Conor Gillen
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. Lou Holtz
Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. Lou Holtz
Win or lose, do it fairly. Knute Rockne, football coach
The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven. Knute Rockne
Measure yourself as a coach not by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished given the ability of your players and the strength of your competition. John Wooden
Never mistake activity for achievement. John Wooden
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. John Wooden
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. John Wooden
Most games are lost, not won. Casey Stengel, baseball coach
You never lose a game if the opponent doesn’t score. Darrell Royal, football coach
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Darrell Royal
Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude. Pat Riley
Bear Bryant on how you win: A reporter said to Coach Bryant: “Coach Bryant, I notice you spend almost all your practice time on your team’s strengths and little on their weaknesses, why is that?” Coach Bryant said “You win games with your strengths, not your weaknesses.”
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame football coach
It’s the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose. Harry Sinden
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau
First master the fundamentals. Larry Bird
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot. Bill Russell
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example. Unknown
Coaching does not permit democracy. Jeff Brown
Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious. Al Maguire
You can not control how high ‘he’ jumps. You cannot control how fast ‘he’ is. You can not control how great ‘he’ is. But he can not control how hard ‘YOU’ play. Brian Merritt
Lack of confidence is born from a lack of preparation. Shannon Wilburn
Professional coaches measure success in rings. College coaches measure success in championships. High School coaches measure success in titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles. Unknown
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. Joe Paterno
Attitude is the whole thing in football. Every team has the talent and the coaching. Motivation makes the difference. The teams that win stay healthy and interested. Sid Gillman
No one plays this or any game perfectly. It’s the guy who recovers from his mistakes who wins. Phil Jackson
If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that’s in him. Unknown
The deepest principal in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
TEAM stands for:
“Hard work alone won’t guarantee success, but without hard work, I’ll guarantee you won’t have success.” Bruce Pearl, basketball coach
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players. Vince Lombardi
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. Vince Lombardi
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. Vince Lombardi
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi
It’s easy to have faith in yourself and discipline when you’re a winner. But if you want to be a winner you must have faith and discipline even when you’re not a winner. Vince Lombardi
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. Vince Lombardi
Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price. Vince Lombardi
Fatigue makes cowards of us all. Vince Lombardi
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