Tips for Preparing for Soccer
By following the
guidelines below a soccer player can put themselves in an
advantageous position going into tryouts.
Prior to Tryouts
Keep in shape by running approximately 3 days a
week. This will help with your endurance. If you can easily
run 2-3 miles by the end you will be in good shape.
Agility and balance are also very
important. Good running and stopping as well as change of
direction is important. Practice by doing short sprints. Count out
40 yards and 100 yards on a flat surface and put a marker. Run it
a few times. Try to get your 40 under 6 seconds and your 100 under 14
To practice your shooting make
target on the wall with
be a couple of feet from the ground
foot or so across.
practice kicking against the
inside the circle. Once you
have accomplished it from that distance then move back further and
technique so that you are comfortable with the ball. Practice
receiving, trapping and control of the ball and you will find it
will pay off.
day do pushups and situps.
Day of Tryouts
Get there early so that
you have plenty of time to warm up.
If you don't have to wear specific clothing, why not wear something
distinctive? It is a lot easier when coaches can point to someone with
yellow socks and ask an opinion, rather than pointing to a group of
girls all wearing white T-shirts and blue shorts.
Play With Vigor and
Influence the Game
Most tryouts start with small-sided games, like 2v4 or 4v4 to goals, and
work up to 8v8 to goals with goalies. Most decisions are made in the
small-sided phase. Often, players are rated 1) definitely, 2) maybe, and
3) certainly not. In the 8v8 stage, the 2's might get the most playing
time because a decision must be reached. Don't try to guess whether you
made it or note by which team you are on. Play vigorously, don't hold
back, and try to win as many balls as possible to have as great an
impact on the game.
Communicate in the
Players who give instruction and help other players with verbal and
visual cues stand out as leaders. Good communication makes players stand out
in a positive way to observers. Silent players appear to be out of the
Introduce Yourself and
Whenever there is a moment, players should greet the coaches. Players should ask questions to ensure that they
understand what's going to happen at both the tryout and during any
follow-up tryouts or the team notification process.