When young children put on their soccer boots who controls their experience? Many would argue the coach or the child.
When it comes to Soccer the parents condition the child’s experience.
Parents have a bad habit of bombarding their children with unrealistic goals, past frustrations, their own motivations and the bitter taste of vanished dreams.
Before I fly off the handle lets establish a few things first.
Soccer is a sport.
Soccer is the beautiful world game.
Soccer this, soccer that. What most people forget to acknowledge is that soccer is an education. An education in life.
If you search the web, read books and buy magazines, chances are you’ve read pages and pages of information about soccer. Most authors will publish pages of fluff and useless information to portray their authority in the subject.
Ask them for a definition or what soccer means and they probably start with the origins of the game, history of the game and all the information only historians would stomach.
Anyone can Google soccer and be flooded with the same rehashed information that has been floating the web for years.
How would you describe soccer?
What does soccer mean to you?
Could you write a book?
Would you describe soccer in your own words or would you sell out and copy someone else’s thoughts.
What’s that you ask?
How would I describe soccer?
I’ll save you the pages or book and give it to you in 5 words.
“A means, not an end.”
Could I be wrong? Possibly, after all it’s my opinion.
The point I’m trying to make is information should be checked and referenced to facts. Information should be multi-sourced and players should be encouraged to define the game themselves.
Too often we hear the same bullshit from people who haven’t even kicked a ball. The amount of bullshit floating the net today is amazing. More alarming is the same inaccurate information being passed around all the forums and social networks.
What really gets my blood boiling is marketers trying to sell soccer products or soccer advice.
You might think to yourself, “so what”.
But remember this next time your reading something on the Internet,
Inaccurate information means inaccurate decisions.
Is it worth establishing the truth in soccer? What untruths have been holding you back?
“May the winds of destiny blow you to the stars.”