Learn Soccer From the Pros: Tips That Will Take Your Game to the Next Level
Football.com's Learn Soccer From the Pros series has continue to be viewed and shared throughout the world, as thus far, we've had professional women's soccer players give the tips that have helped them become better players.
Our series will continue shortly with more interviews, which will include players and coaches from the professional level. This page will continue to be updated with all interviews going forward.
Have a young player that is wanting to learn more about the game? Here are various interviews that we've conducted that are filled with great nuggets of advice:
"Learn the game and how you can help your team, as you can see more of the field from your position. It’s also important to be accurate with passing and good one-on-one, but I find good communication makes all of that easier."
"Over the years, I've realized that the easiest way to communicate on the field is to be positive. People respond to positive things a lot more than to negative things."
"In order for me to perform my best, I have to be conscious of what I fuel my body with and the amount of sleep I get before a game or training session."
"The best advice I've received was that in soccer, in every play, you take a chance. Mistakes are going to happen, but with every chance, something great can also happen."
"The more communication you have with your players on the field, the easier it is to be successful."
"There are an endless number of variables that you cannot control – the weather, the quality of the field, etc. – but the one that you can control, no matter what, is your effort. There is no excuse for giving anything less than 100%."
"There have been times where I haven't played well, or I didn't think I was going to make the team, but I kept pushing through and I gave it my best shot. If I had let that fear get to me, I'd be sitting on my couch watching the World Cup, instead of playing in it."
"Patience is a huge part of the sport, on and off the field. Whether you are in a game and you are losing 1-0 and have to work the ball patiently, or you are on the bench waiting for your chance to shine. It all requires patience."
"The best advice I have received is to enjoy playing the game. If you don't enjoy what you're spending hours and hours doing you're not going to perform up to your capability."
"Perfect what you do well, and be the best player in the world in that aspect of your game."