If you approach soccer tryouts seriously, no matter what level you or your child is playing out, you can’t go wrong. Think of soccer tryouts as a physical and personal interview. Instead of simply showing up and trying your best, you can actually prepare and give your best.
There are a variety of ways you can prepare yourself for a soccer tryout, but we’ve found two effective areas to focus on, above all else.
The first impression is the most important. Especially if the coach doesn't know you from the past and you are completely new. Their first glimpse of you is crucial.
The game definitely has sincere weight when it comes to mental preparation. Playing soccer itself requires a great deal of mental strength. Not only that, you have to be on the right path with your philosophy before you head out to tryouts.
The physical preparation for soccer tryouts start long before the actual tryout weekend or day. Especially if you or your child is brand new to soccer, you need to start preparation at least a month before.
Soccer has tremendous benefits for your physical health. When getting ready for a tryout, you can’t neglect the physical part. Some tryouts might actually be several days long. You'll need to be fully prepared physically for the long tryout.
On your journey to being physically prepared for tryouts, there are five different areas that you should focus on:
It may seem difficult to read what is going on in a coach’s mind. If you see a coach looking at you during tryouts, the first thing to remember here is to not care—coaches don’t want players who are preoccupied the entire time about what the coach is doing or thinking.
However, if you want to know what a coach is looking for, here are a few things:
Skill: The ground basis for judging if a player is right for his or her team is reflecting upon their performance skill-wise. Coaches are looking to see if you can trap and control the ball, take shots, if you can pass and dribble well, and execute tackles.
Conditioning: Even if you aren't the best player out there, if you are in very good shape, you'll catch the coach’s eye.
Attitude: Are you “coach-able?” A coach will want someone who is willing to take constructive criticism and run with it.
Speed & Agility: These two factors are essential in soccer—especially if you are not highly skilled. Being in perfectly sized soccer cleats can help you with that.
Dedication: Especially if a coach is starting from scratch in building a team. Coach needs players that will show up and put the team first.
Problem Player: If you are sassy or disrespectful, that personality can be a cancer in the team. Coaches will stray away from that kind of problem player.
Reputation: Especially since word travels fast in the soccer world, your character and reputation as a player and a person can also weigh in at tryouts.
Intelligence: This doesn't mean school intelligence. This means being soccer and street smart on and off the field.
Personality: Ultimately, your personality will shine through on the field. The coach will not want bad eggs on the team.
The X Factor: No matter what it is, there is something that makes you unique on and off the field. Whether you are a hard-worker, very positive or can do flip-throw-ins, find out your x-factor and use it to your advantage.
Tryouts can be nerve-wracking. Even if you are a great player, you might simply have an off-day—and that’s okay! It happens to everyone.
However, even if you are having your worst day on the field, a coach may be able to see through the mistakes. To be sure that they see who you truly are as a player, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The road to preparation will look different from player to player. You can physically train to perform well at tryouts a few weeks now and get yourself mentally prepared for the day of tryouts. The sport of soccer encompasses both aspects of mental and physical preparation.