A lot of people ask how to impress a soccer coach, in order to get picked for a team or to get more playing time. There is nothing really complicated about this though. There is no secret tip to make a coach of any sport suddenly like you. Soccer coaches, or any coaches for that matter, are drawn to players that show heart, talent, intelligence, leadership, and effort (not necessarily in that order).


Heart is pretty simple. If you love soccer and everything about it, your enthusiasm will be infectious. Talk to your coach about a televised game and show him or her that your love for soccer isn’t just limited to the field. If you love the game, it will show and the coach will take notice.


Talent is easy to define but not everyone has it. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a superstar. If you are one of these super talented players, congratulations. If not, it is not the end of the world. Coaches love progress. If you can show that you have gotten significantly better, the coach will notice and is likely to play you more or give you a shot. Practice makes perfect.


Intelligence is one of those skills you either have or don’t have, but it cannot be valued enough. Soccer is, in a lot of ways, like chess with each team trying to advance players and pick apart the opponent’s weaknesses. If you can show the coach you have the brains to develop plays on the field, you won’t even need to ask how to impress a soccer coach.


Leadership cannot be stressed enough. While there may be only one captain on the team, ideally every player would be a leader. Leaders exude confidence. Don’t be afraid to call out on the field to your teammates and try to make plays develop.


Last, but certainly not least, effort is one of the qualities that allows you to make up for what you might be lacking elsewhere. You might not be the smartest or most talented player, but if you hustle every play and sacrifice your body to make plays, the coach is sure to notice and be impressed. Leave every ounce of energy on the field after each practice or game, and it will pay dividends.

These are just a few ways of how to impress a soccer coach. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you can show the coach you have heart, talent, intelligence, leadership, and show plenty of effort, you are sure to impress him or her.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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