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What is the best individual soccer training program?

What is the best individual soccer training program?

What is the best individual soccer training program?

The Beast Mode Soccer blog has been created to help soccer players improve their game. In this post, we are going to talk about what is the best individual soccer training program. There are a lot of options out there so it can be difficult to know which one you should use. However, with our guidance and recommendations below, you will have everything that you need in order to make an informed decision!

YouTube & Instagram

YouTube and Instagram videos are a great way to learn new skills, but they lack the structured format of an individual soccer training program. YouTube does not offer specific drills and exercises for you to follow along with like some other apps do (e.g., My Soccer Training). You also need internet access in order to view these online tutorials. There is great content on YouTube, don't get me wrong, however, there is also a HUGE amount of garbage on there from 'trainers' who film a bunch of stuff but don't actually train anyone. Its a very confusing place. Who do you listen to? The marketer? Do they actually train players day in day out? Do the KNOW what works or just what looks good on video? Here's a rule of thumb... If there is about $10k worth of equipment on the field... They are fronting 😂

Online Individual Soccer Training Programs

There are a few online individual soccer training programs out there as well. Lets start with Dylan Tooby and his Progressive Soccer Training programs.

The trainings are good, Dylan seems like a cool guy. My own problem with his training programs are that pretty much all the content is available for free on his YouTube channel, the programs are the same thing just organized better.

Then we have Matt Smith and Epic Soccer Training.

Matt's program is more in depth than Dylan's, they aren't just a series of YouTube videos. The problem with Epic Soccer Training is that it is dated and has not been given a refresh in more than 10 years. Just like everything else, soccer training evolves. Also, it seems that the people behind this program employ some really SPAMMY tactics to get traffic to their website, check out this post I wrote about it: https://beastmodesoccer.com/the-episoketren-system/

Then we have Beast Mode Soccer

If you check out our training program store, we have some fantastic individual soccer training programs, built from the ground up by myself that are geared toward making you the best player that you can be:

The Better Soccer Blueprint: Over 150 training videos, and planner so you can plan out your development

The Challenge: 5 videos, each with 5000 touches on. Follow the program and you will get over half a million touches in 100 days, do it for 200 days... You get ONE MILLION touches, THAT IS INSANE! It's literally impossible to not improve!

The Soccer Vortex: This is the most complete individual soccer training program on the planet. Nothing else comes close. It covers all bases of Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental and Social development. It's a lot of work, but being the best is never going to be easy.

The SWAG Mindset: This mental training program takes a lot of work, BUT if you invest in it, do it and see it through, you will have a bullet proof mindset. SO many players have completely turned themselves around from being nervous wrecks who are so scared to make mistakes because they do not want to upset their coach/parents/teammates, into absolute confidence rockets who lead on the field, believe in their ability and actually ENJOY the skirmish of competition!

Individual Soccer Training Apps

When I was in the development stages of putting together the My Soccer Training App I researched EVERY SINGLE SOCCER TRAINING APP!

There were HUNDREDS of them, ranging from free to $300 a year.

My plan was to mimic having an individual soccer trainer in your pocket. It took a long long time, but we finally finished, and ill tell you what, you can add up all of the other apps, and they do not come to close to the My Soccer Training App. Our content is absolutely second to none!

If you do go in another direction, what should you look for? 

#1 Who is making the App?

Is it a company or a team who just pushed a bunch of money into the individual soccer training space to make money? If so... Run.

The only training training apps worth investing in are the ones that are created by REAL trainers. Why? Because we know what is working RIGHT NOW and include it in the app. If it's not made by a trainer, then they are just guessing what works!

#2 How much does it cost?

Is it a one off cost? If so, do they ever update the app? In our app we put new content in each month. Usually its with some of the pro players that I train, because I KNOW you want to know their secrets! Because we are always updating the app we charge a small monthly fee of less than $20! That gets you over 50 FULL individual soccer training sessions, a learning portal called BMSU, the whole app is gamified so that you can compete with your teammates on our leaderboard!

So... What is the best individual soccer training program?

The My Soccer Training App

I know I am slightly bias. BUT... This app honestly blows my mind. I wanted to create an app that was akin to having a private soccer trainer in your pocket, and I truly think my team and I succeeded. Over 50 FULL sessions, an education portal, an interactive calendar, and the best part, I put brand new sessions on there every month. The difference between my app and the others out there is that I am training players from all ages and levels day in day out, I flat out KNOW what works and what doesn't work and I pass that on to YOU in these sessions. It was also very important to me to make sure that as an app, it's STILL an individually based experience. We do not tell you what sessions to do every day. Why? Because you are UNIQUE! What you need to work on is not what your teammate needs to work on. Cookie cutter sessions are fine when you are starting out, but when you get better, you have to have an individually based, unique program, and that is EXACTLY what the My Soccer Training app is.

The best part is that I have managed to squeeze all that content, and new content each month, all into a world class training app that costs only $19.99 a month, which is a fraction of the cost of one private training session, it's less than a decent pair of shinguards, or a couple of trips to Starbucks (you can do without that anyway!).

In Conclusion

If you do not have a chance to train directly with the Beast Mode Soccer team, then the best individual soccer training program is 100% the My Soccer Training app is the best way to get world class training at an affordable price. And, you can do it from anywhere in your house or on a soccer field!


The Critical Link Between Private Soccer Training and Elite Player Status

In today's world of soccer, the game has become more competitive than ever. The days of playing on a team and practicing with your teammates are long gone. With private soccer training, you can develop skills that will set you apart from your competitors and get you to the next level! Private coaching is an investment in yourself- one that pays off big time when it comes to elite player status.

The article discusses how important private soccer training is for players who want to be at the top of their game and achieve elite player status.

Young players who want to improve their skills have an abundance of options for education and training. If you have a youth soccer player in your family that is interested, signing them up for lessons with Beast Mode Soccer comes highly recommended regardless of the experience level.

Individual, QUALITY attention

If your child plays soccer at a club, they’re likely on a team with 10 or 20 other players who all have their own individual needs. Coaches and their staff are typically dedicated and knowledgeable people, but there often isn’t enough time in a standard practice for everyone on the team to get adequate face time with a coach or trainer. In this setting, it can sometimes be a challenge for your child to bring up a question or discuss an issue with their game. If your child has a fixable issue with their game, it can be easy for a coach to unintentionally miss it during a normal practice. With private lessons, your child will receive in-depth feedback from a highly experienced coach throughout every session. Beast Mode Soccers private training gives your child an opportunity to have all their questions answered and all their concerns addressed by a coach is who is fully focused on them throughout the experience.  

No Cookie Cutter Sessions

It’s not a secret that in any youth sport, some players will improve faster than others. Some players also arrive at the first practice with more experience, putting them ahead of the rest of the team. But youth sports are ultimately about having fun, developing discipline, and staying healthy; being a little behind shouldn’t deter any young athlete from engaging in a sport. While it can be helpful to watch other players, having time to simply get to work and focus on fundamentals can help your child immensely.  

Learn From the Experts 

Having more experienced people to learn from is a great way for your child or yourself to improve in their skills. Many professional soccer players who I have trained credit taking private lessons with myself and other BMS trainers as playing a large role in how they became skilled at their craft. With the help of someone who you can regularly draw on for advice, you child gains experience that will be vital

Private Soccer Lessons: The Benefits, Costs & Alternatives

Are private soccer lessons worth it?

When it comes to soccer training, there are many different options. The most common is private soccer lessons where one person trains with a coach or instructor for an hour at a time. There are many pros and cons to getting private lessons and deciding if they are worth the cost depends on your situation and goals. In this article I will talk about how to find a quality soccer trainer, how much they cost, and the alternatives to private soccer training that may be better suited for you!

1 on 1 and Small Group Training

The first option for private soccer lessons are one hour sessions with an instructor or coach where you train alone, but they also offer group classes that have more than two people per session (usually around four). Obviously I have built a business around individual soccer training (Beast Mode Soccer) so I highly advocate the benefits of this type of training. I also offer small group training as well.

My process when I take on a new player is long. First, a player has to apply to train with myself. I only want players who are willing to put in the hard work and dedication, so this part of the process is extremely important. If you only have a dedication level of 9/10 you can not train with me, I do always however, recommend another trainer for these types of players.

After the player has successfully applied for training, I start to analyze video (usually provided by the parent/club/professional team. I provide the player with a self analysis sheet (they also have to speak to their coaches and teammates). When I have finished my analysis we compare their notes to mine We then set micro, short term and long term goals together, and then start to come up with an individual development plan. It's A LOT of work! From that moment each and every session is catered toward that individual players needs.

I often get inquiries about offering a free trial session. This is something a lot of trainers do, but I do not, and I will tell you why:

We have our initial meeting (either zoom or on the phone) to chat, it is then when we can both decide if it's a good fit or not. The way I look at this is how can I do a session with a player that I know nothing about? The amount of work that I put into on-boarding a player is HUGE, this way I already know that they are a good fit, and from the very first session we hit the ground running!

So that is my process. Why did I detail that so much? Because not all trainers are the same, in fact...

Beware the Trainer!

I get a lot of questions about what to look for in a trainer. I always tell people that it is important not just because you are investing your time and money, but also the safety aspect as well! There have been some horror stories out there where players were injured by their trainers, didn't improve etc so, you have to make sure that your trainer meets these qualifications:

  • What is their history?
  • What players have they helped develop?
  • Do they work with players from all levels? Can they ACTUALLY develop players or do they just cherry pick the best ones in your community and then 'claim' them?
  • Social media is a phenomenal tool, however it has made it easy for anybody to start an account, buy some followers and likes, and then claim to be an expert. There is a trainer in the Orange County, about an hour south of Los Angeles, who has literally copied everything from our website (including program names) and cloned himself as a world class trainer. His posts are great, very aesthetically pleasing, however, there is absolutely NO product on show! Where are the players that these so called 'gurus' train? They are nowhere to be seen.

You HAVE to do your research. If you need help finding a trainer, feel free to drop me an email. I have a vast network of QUALITY trainers throughout the world, and no, they are not all Beast Mode Soccer trainers, I like to stay in touch with other great trainers, because we can learn from each other! As I said, beware any trainer who will not show their product (players), or you turn up and they have $10,000 worth of equipment laid out for one player (you DO NOT need a ton of equipment for a quality session) it's just a massive red flag.

The Cost of Private Soccer Training

The cost of private soccer training varies depending on the trainer and their location. The average price for a one-hour session is $60-$80 per hour, but this can be as low at around $30 dollars an hour or more than $200 an hour in some cases (depending where you live, and the experience of the trainer). When it comes to cost, look at the pervious paragraph. Does this trainer tick all the boxes? They can show you players that they have helped, they let you speak to current players that they work with, they have a history of developing? Then would you pick that trainer, who lets say charges $80 an hour, or would you pick one that charges $60 an hour, but is a social media whizz and has everyone fooled? If a trainer is more concerned about getting video of your sessions to put on their social account, thats an issue! I know where my money would be going, put it that way.

You usually get what you pay for, but not always, as I have stated before, it's research research research. A lot of parents will question my pricing and tell me it's too expensive, guess what? They are not the right fit. Once people see the amount of work that goes into each and every session, the onboarding, the long term development player development, the relationships that I have with club, high level college, professional and international teams, the 10+ years I have been training the some of the best players in the world... Then they realize that the value they are getting from our sessions is actually 10x what they invest!

Alternatives to Private Soccer Training

The fact is, a lot of families and people will not be able to make the investment in 1 on 1 training, because it could seem expensive. So what if you cannot, is that it? Are you doomed to mediocrity forever on the field? NO! Here I will go through some alternatives:

Pick Up Games. Playing games of pickup at parks are also good ways for players who want to get extra touches in a competitive environment, AND meet loads of new people who you would never have met before. I live in Los Angeles, and some of my best friends are from all over the world, and I met them playing pick up! I'm learning Spanish because most of my pick up friends are from Spanish speaking countries and I want to educate myself, all because of pick up!

Training on Your Own

This is sometimes the hardest option, because players just DO NOT KNOW what to work on when they go outside to train. I actually see it a lot at our local fields. They just go out to train, but end up doing a mediocre session that they have done time and time again. This is actually one of the reasons that I created our first ever digital training program, The Better Soccer Blueprint back in 2012 (almost 10 years ago!). I was working with a United States Women's National Team (USWNT) and she asked me to write her a bunch of footwork drills because when she trains on her own, she just goes through the motions! I thought 'if one of the best players in the World doesn't know what to do on their own, how on earth do youth players??? So I created that program, it's actually still available on my website for $97!

However, I am aware that not everyone has extra money so I set out to solve that problem as well, and I created the Beast Mode Soccer Individual Development Plan, which is available for FREE if you just click on this link: http://beastmodesoccer.com/idp/

This plan will take you through the steps so that you can truly create an individual plan, that is tailored JUST FOR YOU! And, it's free!

Digital Training Programs

If you check out our training program store, we have some fantastic individual soccer training programs, built from the ground up by myself that are geared toward making you the best player that you can be:

The Better Soccer Blueprint: Over 150 training videos, and planner so you can plan out your development

The Challenge: 5 videos, each with 5000 touches on. Follow the program and you will get over half a million touches in 100 days, do it for 200 days... You get ONE MILLION touches, THAT IS INSANE! It's literally impossible to not improve!

The Soccer Vortex: This is the most complete individual soccer training program on the planet. Nothing else comes close. It covers all bases of Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental and Social development. It's a lot of work, but being the best is never going to be easy.

The SWAG Mindset: This mental training program takes a lot of work, BUT if you invest in it, do it and see it through, you will have a bullet proof mindset. SO many players have completely turned themselves around from being nervous wrecks who are so scared to make mistakes because they do not want to upset their coach/parents/teammates, into absolute confidence rockets who lead on the field, believe in their ability and actually ENJOY the skirmish of competition!

Yes, all of the above programs do have a cost, but they all cost less than two private sessions, and if you put in the work, you will get 100x back on your investment!

The My Soccer Training App

If digital programs are not your thing, but apps are... then the My Soccer Training App is for you! This app honestly blows my mind. I wanted to create an app that was akin to having a private soccer trainer in your pocket, and I truly think my team and I succeeded. Over 50 FULL sessions, an education portal, an interactive calendar, and the best part, I put brand new sessions on there every month. The difference between my app and the others out there is that I am training players from all ages and levels day in day out, I flat out KNOW what works and what doesn't work and I pass that on to YOU in these sessions. It was also very important to me to make sure that as an app, it's STILL an individually based experience. We do not tell you what sessions to do every day. Why? Because you are UNIQUE! What you need to work on is not what your teammate needs to work on. Cookie cutter sessions are fine when you are starting out, but when you get better, you have to have an individually based, unique program, and that is EXACTLY what the My Soccer Training app is.

The best part is that I have managed to squeeze all that content, and new content each month, all into a world class training app that costs only $19.99 a month, which is a fraction of the cost of one private training session, it's less than a decent pair of shinguards, or a couple of trips to Starbucks (you can do without that anyway!).

In Conclusion

Private soccer training in a one on one setting definitely works IF you pick the right soccer trainer. Do your research, put in the work and yes, the investment is worth it.

The My Soccer Training app is the best way to get world class training at an affordable price. And, you can do it from anywhere in your house or on a soccer field!

How To Be a PHENOMENAL Soccer Parent

Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in America.

With more and more kids playing, it's important that parents do their part to help their kids have a positive experience with youth soccer.

The most important thing for any parent to remember is that they are not just at games and practices as a spectator - they are there as fans and supporters, of EVERY player on their kids team!

But being supportive doesn't mean telling your kid how good he or she was every time they play. It means being a fantastic soccer parent all around! So here are my tips on how YOU can become a GREAT soccer parent!

Remember... You are NOT the coach. 

You are not there to tell your child how he or she should play. Your child's coach is either volunteering, or are a paid, professional coach. How would you like it if someone came into your place of work and started screaming at you on how to do your job? Wouldn't be great would it? Yes... You have entrusted this coach with your child's development, if you truly have an issue, wait 24 hours, THEN approach the coach, you may view the situation differently.

Know the Rules of the Game!

You have to know the rules of the game that your child is playing! I have lost count of the amount of times I have been at games and hear 'FOULLLLLL' when it was a perfect tackle, this is usually followed by a thorough berating of the ref who has done nothing wrong 😂. Also, and this is very much a David thing here, learn the correct vernacular! Hearing 'offsides' being shouted by a parent who 1) Does not know the offside rule and 2) the word is OFFSIDE, you cannot be off on both sides, just one, therefore 'offside.' I get so much stick for this on social media, but honestly, it shows you care if you use the correct vernacular! I don't mean that you should learn every single rule, but the general, more common rules, so that you know WHY referees call certain fouls etc then you can educate other parents as well!

Do not talk about other players!

Do not talk about other players! Yes, even players from the other team. It's ok to think that a player is bring rough, or they aren't very good, but keep this to yourself or you just end up looking like a crazy soccer parent!

Be Positive in the car on the way home

Trust me, your player KNOWS if they have had a bad game, the last thing they need is their parent berating them about it, telling them what they could have done better etc. Ask your child a simple question: How do you think you played?

Even if you think your child played poorly. It's ok to say that they could have done better and ask them how THEY feel about their game but don't go into detail or tell him/her what they should do differently next time because it will just make things worse for both of you!!! Trust me - I've seen this happen too many times with parents who are frustrated by a bad performance from one player (usually theirs) so please be positive when talking after games!! Your kids need encouragement not criticism !! If anything talk more positively than usual as an extra boost 🙂

Trust Me: Being A Good Soccer Parent Is Hard But Worth The Effort


How To Succeed at Soccer Tryouts

Tryout anxiety is REAL! How about we take that anxiety and turn into excitement? Remember, try outs are good because the whole point of it is to put you in an environment of growth, so if you're a very very good player, maybe you're not playing at a very very good level, you need to play at a higher level, right, so for your development to grow, you need to be around players that push you to grow. So this is how to succeed at tryouts:

GO AND LOW KEY WATCH THE TEAMS PRACTICE SESSIONS. REMEMBER THE WHOLE TRYOUT PROCESS GIVES THE CLUB A CHANCE TO PORTRAY A PERCEPTION OF WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO SEE THE CLUB AS. IN REALITY, IT COULD BE DIFFERENT, BY OBSERVING SOME PRACTICES YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE HOW THE CLUB REALLY IS, GOOD & BAD! WILL THIS COACH DEVELOP YOU AS A PLAYER?

DURING THE ACTUAL TRYOUT, DO NOT GET OVERWHELMED! THE TENDENCY IS TO REALLY WANT TO SHOW HOW GOOD YOU ARE (WHICH IS NATURAL) AND THIS USUALLY COMES THROUGH AS OVER-DRIBBLING, DOING FLICKS & TRICKS YOU WOULDN’T USUALLY DO BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION. THE BEST WAY TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION IS TO PLAY YOUR GAME. SHOW WHO YOU ARE!

YES, IT’S A TRYOUT. THIS IS A TWO WAY STREET. WE HAVE OUR PLAYERS CHANGE THEIR MINDSET IN TRYOUTS. I WANT YOU TO DO THE SAME. THE ONES AT A TRYOUT IS THE CLUB. IS THIS A TEAM YOU WANT TO PLAY FOR? IS THIS A CLUB YOU WANT TO PLAY FOR? IS THIS COACH GOING TO DEVELOP YOU? WILL YOU BE HAPPY HERE? HAS THE CLUB & COACHING STAFF IMPRESSED YOU? YOU ARE TRYING THEM OUT!

LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE THE TEAM, IT’S OK! YOU DIDN’T MAKE IT BECAUSE THE COACH THOUGHT YOU WERE NOT A GOOD FIT, OR YOU WERE NOT AT THE LEVEL THEY PERCEIVE THE TEAM TO BE AT. IT’S A LEARNING MOMENT FOR YOU. DO NOT TAKE THIS PERSONALLY, INSTEAD, UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS JUST NOT MEANT TO BE. TRY TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COACH, AND THEN PUT THAT FEEDBACK INTO YOUR IDP (INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) SO YOU CAN CONTINUE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!

Todays featured player is Jordyn Listro who EARNED her way into a pro contract through a tryout process and is now playing for the Canadian National Team. Hard work pays off!

The Episoketren System

Ok so I had to write this post.

Our YouTube videos get swamped with the same spam comments, I spend hours each month deleting them, the comment is:

“What is Episoketren System and how does it work? I hear many individuals improve their soccer skills using it with this popular training program.”

I can’t stand spam comments, and they are always by obviously fake accounts with names like Aarav Sanford and Boripalk Tsypliativ, and NEVER have a profile picture lol.

In this age of social media, and viral videos, a lot of shady trainers, and companies use other peoples popular accounts like ours to try and scam people into buying outdated training programs.

Soooo I was curious who these scammers were, so I indeed googled the Episoketren System. The results read like a spammers dream, these comments are created by bots, and they are all over the place. When you click on the link for Episoketren System, I found out that it DOES NOT EXIST! 

You get sent to the above page... Then you click on the 'continue...

And... get redirected to the website for an old training program called Epic Soccer Training. This is where the shadiness of Epic Soccer Training is actually smart…. Instead of getting loads of complaints about spam for their company, the spam complaints go against Episoketren System, and Epic Soccer Training looks clean. Genius.

Worse than that, it looks like its run by ClickBank. ClickBank is a place where anybody can promote any digital product and get affiliate money from it, so they promote ebooks and other scams, and they get 50% (from Epic Soccer in this case)

I wrote this blog post hoping that anybody who indeed does search for it ends up here! So now I should spam you with my training programs and app!

How to Improve Ball Control, Touch and Weak Foot with Skill Station 2

Ever wonder how top level players became SO good? Check this Skill Station out with pro players Bev Yanez, current NWSL Defender of the Year Lauren Barnes and BMS Seattle trainer Othaniel Yanez.

Watch the video above, and below I break each drill down for you!

Auditory Awareness


You’ll need a partner. Lay out your cones similarly to in the photo below; you’ll need your line of cones as well as four others (circled below). The four must be different colors, because your partner will be calling out colors at random. You’ll have to quickly leave your line of cones in the center, stay low, and dribble to the cone corresponding to the color called. Get out to the cone and back to the center as quickly as possible, keeping the ball close and under control.


Dribble S.A.Q. Pass


You’ll need a partner and two lines of eight cones each. One person dribbles through the cones with the ball, practicing whichever footwork he or she needs to. The other player travels in the opposite direction, practicing ladder footwork, sans ball. Once both players reach the ends of their respective lines, the ball is passed and the dribbling resumes on the opposite side. Fast footwork and close control are the keys to this skills station.


Y Drill 2


This one is a little easier to watch than to describe, but you’ll see the cone set up below, and you can watch the example in the video above. The name Y Drill comes from the Y formation of the cones, as shown. Each branch of the Y is a different station. You’ll need a partner to play balls to you at each of the stations (while the partner is not taking such an active role in this one, pass accuracy is key to ensure the drill runs smoothly!) Once Player 1 runs through the Y once, he or she will switch with Player 2.


First Touch Boxes


This drill is “all about receiving on the turn,” explains Copeland-Smith. All you need is a simple cone set up, as shown below, and a partner. The partner outside the box plays a ball in fast (the faster it is, of course, the tougher to keep it under control with a perfect first touch). The receiving player must control the ball on the first touch, turn, and play the ball back out.

All of these drills will help with your ball control, first touch and to strengthen your weak foot, as well as other things!​

THIS is the difference

HI Everyone. I just had to share this email I got from soccer parent Chad Rzewnicki!

David,

I wanted to reach out to you and thank you. My oldest Drake Rzewnicki was just invited to Stoke City National Camp yesterday. He plays U11 for the Des Moines Menace (PDL team organization + academy). He has worked extremely hard to get his skills up to compete at this level. Most of which I have to accredit to the The Soccer Vortex. We have spent hours upon hours working on this stuff. But, I would of never known what to show him without your help. So I thank you again. As far as I know he was 1 of 2 kids at his age group picked from our area in Iowa. The other one that was picked (Drake’s training partner) who also happens to be a Vortex user. I showed his Dad the Vortex last year and he got on board after that. Both of these kids will represent their club and BMS soccer well! They have great attitudes and a tremendous work ethic for only being 10 years old.

The one big thing we will be working on this winter to get ready for the camp is shot power. Right now Drake has a very natural curve with his shots (both right and left) but lacks the power to hit from too far out. All of his coaches have commented on how nice he can hit the natural curve on the ball. But, he lacks the power from the 18 or out. We will get to work on that right away.

Once again thanks for putting this all together!

Thanks,

Chad Rzewnicki

What a great email to wake up to! You can tell that these two players know that Champions Do More! If you haven't checked out The Soccer Vortex yet, take a look HERE

How should I feel at peak performance?

How should I feel at peak performance?

In short, you should be relaxed yet energized. Your best state for performance is being slightly above your normal level of stimulation. You shouldn’t feel like you just had a double espresso, but you also shouldn’t feel like you just ate a Thanksgiving feast. Don’t mistake the stimulants of energy drinks with your natural own high. You definitely don’t want to be bouncing off the walls and jittery. Think calm, cool, collect with the ability to turn up the heat!

How can I achieve my optimal state?

It takes confidence, focus, control, and enjoyment.

Confidence

When you are confident, you have positive thoughts of success. You know you are going to succeed. There is expectation. You aren’t scared or nervous. Being a little nervous won’t hurt you, but it shouldn’t be your affecting your psyche negatively. Confidence is within yourself, in your teammates, in your coach, in the gameplan. You trust your preparation and you trust yourself. Your instincts are true and your intuition is on point.

Focus

Focus cannot be forced. You have to be it and feel it. It might help if you try hard to be in it, but in the end, it has to be true. You have to be in the now. You are present in the moment with all distractions out of your mind. You could be in a stadium of 100,000 people and you wouldn’t be bothered by it. Having complete focus sends your energy in the right places.

Control

You are in control. What you want to happen does happen. Everything you do is what you want. It almost comes at ease. Every touch, pass, movement is effortless. You don’t want be a robot, but you also don’t want your thoughts or emotions to affect you. It is almost like you are on autopilot.

Enjoyment

You cannot perform at your best if you are not enjoying the moment. You can be withdrawn, bored, or uneasy. When you are having fun, you play your best games. You are in the moment enjoying and taking it in.

These four things contribute to your state of peak performance. Next time you play a game or practice check in with yourself and how you are doing in these departments. If one is lacking, how can you elevate that component? What can you do to feel more confident or why do you lack in confidence? Why aren’t you having fun? Why can’t you focus? What makes you feel like you aren’t in control? By dissecting these issues, you can figure out how to be at your state of peak performance.

Skyrocket your performance in practice TODAY!

Skyrocket your performance at practice TODAY I have just started to roll this out to #teamBMS members in the last few weeks. After reports of players performance at training going from good to great, I wanted to make it available to you guys. Practice. It’s where you go, see your friends, chat to them, warm up and then go through whatever drills your coach has prepared. Hopefully you have an organized coach who has a session planned every time and each drill has a purpose to improve your team. How do you play at practice? WHAT is practice to YOU as a player? The dictionary definition of practice as: “perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.” A lot of players I have spoken to have little input as to what drills happen at practice, they don’t know until they show up, and that’s that. So I began to ask our players, ‘Ok, well what do you do to prepare for practice?’ The resounding answer was ‘show up.’ So, in true Beast Mode Soccer style, we changed it! The way we look at soccer development is that it is like a journey. Your teams practices are a HUGE part of that journey. You wouldn’t start a journey without a destination right? You would just be driving around in circles, and nobody wants to do that… So why do with with your soccer development. Every player that we work with are successful because they have MAPPED OUT their journey! They know their destination, they know how to get there… Sure, there will be road blocks, closed exits etc on the way,  but that is the same of every journey… If you plan to succeed, and more importantly, take ACTION on that plan, then you are getting closer and closer to your destination! So now, we have our players look at their team practice as an integral part of the journey. We now have #teamBMS players fill out a simple sheet before practice. It’s true that you cannot control the drills that your coach is going to do etc. However what you can do is control what you ACHIEVE in practice. In only two weeks implementing this sheet we have seen players confidence at practice accelerate, their technical execution in practice go through the roof and so much more! * Here’s how it works: * Print out the BMS Practice Success Planner (PSP) * Fill out WHAT you want to achieve at practice that day * Say HOW you will achieve that * After practice fill out the self analysis box * Keep a folder of all of your PSP’s. You can check back on what you still need to work on etc. * Remember: Success comes with planning! Check this example out:
You can download the blank PSP by entering your email address below. I have made it double sided, so be sure to print on both sides to save paper. Make this part of your routine for practice and you will literally supercharge your performance!

You want great footwork? Here you go…

Get comfortable with the ball at your feet! The best way to gain more confidence on the field is to KNOW that you can make the ball do what you want it to. Today I have FOUR great footwork videos for you. Just do 100 touches of each move in each video and you’ll be racking up over 4000 QUALITY touches a day! Remember… You are as good as you want to be!
The next level has arrived…

600 Touches in 6 Minutes Soccer Skills

Improve your technique in 6 minutes a day… That’s what we are all about at Beast Mode Soccer. ‘I don’t have time’ is the main excuse we hear. Well, I’m sorry but I don’t buy it. In fact, take that apology back. I’m not sorry! If you want to become an elite soccer player, then you FIND the time. It’s ALL about being organized and planning out your day. Soccer development is a long process. It’s not a video game, its not an amazon order that you receive the same day, it’s a long process (what we call delayed gratification). You have to take it day by day, and you will gradually see yourself improving. Every player on the planet needs to work daily on their technique (yes, even Messi). If you read about any of the greatest players in the world, they all have a similar back story… They all worked extra. Ronaldo still works daily on his free kicks, Bergkamp used to stay after practice, grab a defender and a keeper and practice his 1v1’s… This is true even in other sports. Kobe Bryant is known for taking an EXTRA 300 three pointers everyday. Oh, he just doesn’t take an extra 300, he doesn’t leave the gym until he has HIT 300 three pointers. The best in the world are obsessed with excellence, as are we at Beast Mode Soccer. My goal is to make Beast Mode Soccer the #1 individual development company in the world, and I want to do this organically. How will I do this? I want to give you the tools to become the best player that you can be. To have the best soccer technique. To have the best soccer skills. To be confident on and off the field. To be yourself, but the best version of yourself that there is. This is why I put so much content out there. I want to start creating the first generation of ‘total’ soccer players in America. What about after I hit my goal. Then I will not stop until I help produce American players who are just as good as Ronaldo, Messi and Marta. Is that you? Can you become America’s first truly WORLD CLASS player? If it is, then you should be aware that you have a hard road ahead of you. Anybody who tells you otherwise is a complete liar. Anybody selling you soccer ‘secrets’ is a complete liar. The only thing that you need to know about is hard work and honesty. You want people to be honest with you. Ask questions: ‘What do I need to work on coach?’ Do not accept generic answers! If your coach answers ‘your first touch’, ask them HOW you and improve that! Tell them you want drills, you are hungry to improve! Ask your teammates, ask your parents, ask your teammates parents! Ask random people who are watching your games. Get your weaknesses lined up then start knocking them down one by one every single day working on your technique. This blog post was intended to be all about our video ‘600 touches in 6 minutes,’ but it appears I went on a bit of a rant 🙂 Again, no apologies for it. I want you to hear the truth. I want you to be an elite player. I want you to know that to make it at the elite level you are going to have to make sacrifices. All your friends will be going to parties when you are at home working on your weaknesses… Are you ready for that? Check out the 600 Touches in 6 Minutes video, check out the success guide for it. Just click on the button beneath the video for an INSTANT download!

If you want a resource with more than just footwork in, check out our introductory training system, '2 Weeks to Better Soccer' here:

Until next time, remember this always... CHAMPIONS DO MORE!