5 Things Players Should Focus on While Watching the U.S. Women’s National Team
There is a lot to be learned from watching the United States Women’s National Team.
It’s important to understand that soccer has become their job. They got to where they are with a combination of hard work and shaping their entire lifestyle around the sport.
Here are five things players should focus on while watching these women play:
1. Their effort
They are always giving 100% effort because they realize how lucky they are to be in the position they are in.
Whether they are playing 90 minutes or just two, they are representing the U.S. and they don’t take that for granted. That’s why they are always giving it everything they have.
While watching them, notice how they are always moving for their teammates even when they don’t have the ball. They create opportunities because that makes the opponent’s defense have to make decisions about where they should be positioned.
2. Their knowledge
They play smarter, not always harder. Sometimes it’s better to not have your forwards chase the defenders and tire themselves out.
These women recognize the integral moments when they have to play harder and then are able to seamlessly change gears when there is a moment to play smarter.
3. Their vision
Notice how they are constantly seeing the field. They are looking all over the entire field, all the time. Before they receive a ball, they are checking over their shoulder to see where their opponent is.
You will notice that they don’t seem to stop ever looking around and this enables them to know what the best play is. They can find space to play their teammates into, or to run into it themselves.
4. Their communication
They are constantly talking to one another, letting each other know where they are, where their mark is, where they want the ball to be played, what they should be doing next.
They are talking to one another all the time, but most importantly they are giving each other helpful information.
5. Their team bond
They all really care about one another.
If someone makes a mistake and it leads to a goal, you will notice another teammate or a few will go up to that person and pat them on the back and tell them to shake it off.
They don’t let teammates wallow in their mistakes and that helps the entire team bounce back faster.