5 Reasons Your Player Should Watch Soccer on TV
It's hard to imagine that more screen time might make your son or daughter a better soccer player, but the fact is, there are a multitude of positive things your youth players can learn from watching the professionals work their magic at the highest level.
Encouraging your aspiring soccer player to seek out a professional league and consistently watch soccer on TV is something many top coaches highly recommend.
Let's spend a few minutes looking at the benefits of turning couch potato for 90 minutes:
1. Watching the Pros will Inspire Your Player
No question about it, having your budding soccer start watch the professionals weave their magic tapestries on the TV in the living room can inspire your child to go out an try a move, hit a free kick, or make a diving save he or she saw during the match.
There is so much for youth players to focus on developing in in the standard bi-weekly practices with their teams, that often times kids won't get the chance to see a high level player beat beat three defenders and score a great goal on a solo run, or make a last gasp sliding tackle to save a goal.
Introducing moments like these via the professional game on television will inspire your player to be expressive in their own right out on the pitch.
2. Perpetuate The Passion of The Beautiful Game
Soccer stadiums around Europe and South America are the cathedrals of our sport. Watching soccer on TV gives your player the chance to immerse themselves for 90 minutes in the passion, glory, drama, and agony of the beautiful game we all love so much.
The chants from the crowd, the applauding of a great first touch, or a team's ability to play out of a tight space and maintain possession, the shouts of man on from 60,000 people, it's all brilliant..and exposing your player to soccer on TV, and to leagues with great history from around the world gives them a taste of fandom and atmosphere that we are still striving for at home in our domestic league.
3. Find a Sports Hero
Watching soccer on TV offers the chance for your player to anoint a new sports hero in their lives. All young athletes need current and former players to learn from, emulate, and idolize to a certain extent. Soccer is no different.
We've yet to truly develop a global soccer hero in the United States, so watching one of the top leagues abroad offers the chance to learn about a superstar player and build a more well educated understanding of what it takes to be a professional. Many of the world's top paid players came from backgrounds of poverty and hardship.
Getting into the biographical nature of a soccer hero, learning about how hard they had to work, and what it took to become who they are can have a remarkable impact on young players.
4. Discover Your Team
It's a great idea for your player to find a soccer team that they can call their own, be it one from Major League Soccer, the Barclay's English Premier League, or Liga MX.
Discovering who your player, or family team is, can be a great way for parents and players to share in the joys of being soccer fans.
Waking up early on a weekend to watch a game from England, or gathering to together for a big Cup final, the brother and sisterhood felt between supporters of the same Club is something every youth player should have the chance to be a part of.
5. Learn About The Game From Watching
It goes without saying that by watching professional soccer on TV your player can learn a ton about the game of soccer. Tactics, team shape, ideas for set pieces, corner routines, how goalkeepers take command and set their wall, the list goes on and on and on.
There is nothing that compares to watching the world's biggest stars compete in the world's most popular sport. If you encourage your player to develop an interest in watching soccer on TV, it is sure to be a good component to their skill development, and a way for building deeper knowledge of the game.
Soccer has arrived in the United States. It no longer requires an expensive cable package to see the world's greatest take the field in the most popular leagues.
Increased television coverage provides you and your player with a front row seat to some of the most talented athletes, brilliant coaches, and storied stadiums in the history of our sport.
Introducing your player to professional soccer on TV is sure to help spread the soccer fever, and in its own way, help create a generation of players that just might give US fans our first true American soccer hero.