Effort Alone… Especially when coaching soccer!

Effort alone, especially when coaching soccer, might get you in trouble and you don’t even know it.

Effort alone is a bad bad thing.  But it’s especially bad when you’re talking about coaching soccer, or any sport for that matter.  Think about it for a minute.  You are responsible to take a bunch of kids and turn them into Winners.  Ahhh… yikes!!!

Effort alone won’t work!  It’s like having a shovel and saying that you’re gonna go dig up some gold.  You can put in all the effort you want and dig till you’re blue in the face, but it’s not going to get you the results you want without first having the knowledge of WHERE to dig.  It’s extremely important to add the knowledge that is required to succeed.  Take that shovel and some good knowledge – and yes! – you might get to gold.

Coaching is the same way.  It requires digging (haha! and by that I mean effort!)!  AND it requires knowledge.  You can yell all day till you’re blue in the face, and yep – you’ll probably just end up being blue in the face and without the result you want.  And you might just end up with whiners instead of winners.

Effort alone simply doesn’t work.  But add knowledge and skills to your effort and boom! – you’ll have success!

Take a little time to seek out the knowledge.  Study what other coaches are doing.  See what works for them and steal it.  Stealing ideas in coaching soccer is completely acceptable.  There is very little you will have to make up.  Take the time to find the best practices and put them to work for you.  

Remember you have a big responsibility with these kids!  Do your best!  It’s your job to turn them into winners!  They are relying on you.  Add  knowledge to your effort.


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A little bit of Soccer Practice effort…

A little bit of Soccer Practice effort…

A little bit of Soccer Practice effort will go a long way!

It’s a little twist to a common saying – but why not?  Why don’t we stick “soccer pracitce” in there and help us understand that in order to fight against average we must do more than just average.

It’s simple really if you think about it.  And it is universal to everyone involved – from players, to coaches, to parents, refs and more… everyone.  You can really add any words in there to make it work for you.  For our kids and student athletes that means helping them see how this can work for them in sports and also with school.

One of the best things we can teach our kids is to succeed and succeed big.  This means going beyond average.  This means trying and putting in the effort… beyond average.  And it all starts with doing just a little extra each day.

The little bit of soccer practice effort comes before practice.  Get there a little early and do some extra juggling or get a run in ahead of time.  Know that every little bit of extra effort will pay off.  And teach it to your kids, they need to know it!!!

The little bit of soccer practice effort comes during practice.  Players getting in those extra touches on the ball, the extra shots.  Just a little bit extra.  And for you coaches, the little extra effort you put in to build a great practice.  Not just winging it, but a great training session for the kids.  The little extra effort to study and steal (oops I mean borrow, haha!) other people’s great practices.  Make the extra effort and then ask for it from your team.

And, yes of course, the little bit of soccer practice effort comes after practice also.  It might be taking the time for a better cool down and stretch to prevent injury.  It might be pushups and sit-ups before bed.  It might be doing a little research about your position or watching a game.  No matter what it is – it’s the effort that is important.  And that effort will become what propels you to the reward.

In order to go beyond average and win – we’ve gotta get the idea to do more.  And we have to start to believe in and sell the idea that it’s not these big impossible things, but rather just a little bit of extra effort done day in and day out in everything we do.  And all that little bit of effort will go a long way.

Just Announced

Soccer Homework Director Kyle O’Keefe takes the lead role for UPSL men’s semi-pro team Inocents FC.


“BREAKING NEWS! We want to introduce Kyle O’keefe as the new first team head coach. Coach O’keefe has more than 20 years of coaching experience and brings a winning philosophy that the club believes in. Inocentes FC is extremely excited with this hiring and have full confidence that O’keefe is the right man for the job! #NoTeRajes #DaleInocentes”