Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What is the X-Factor?

Technical development and physical fitness / athletic conditioning are essential to perform your best as a soccer player. Technique is something that can be coached. Fitness and physical conditioning are other aspects that a coach or trainer can develop in their players by implementing regimented athletic conditioning programs. But there are other important qualities that must be developed in order to become the best soccer player you can be. Some of these qualities a coach has less influence over.

Qualities such as maturity, independence, mental toughness, creativity, and what I call that certain X-Factor (or WOW Factor) can be encouraged and modeled by a good coach, but these are characteristics that a player will need to develop on their own. This is a short video which focuses on these qualities.