To become a competent soccer player takes a lot of time and there are many steps along the way. Skipping a step will lead to frustration and failure to advance higher up the ladder.
At the bottom or the foundation of the ladder are movement skills. These are basic motor skills such as; running, jumping, skipping, hopping, etc. Along with these are physiological conditions like strength, balance, agility and coordination.
Without the foundation down, your child won’t be able to get the next skills down.
So while you’re talking to your team about offense and defense, be sure to spend some time working basic athletic skills. A strong foundation is the key to a complete athlete.