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BECOMING YOUR BEST

Within soccer, there are several techniques that all individual players must master to be effective in their positions. Non-negotiable actions like kicking, controlling, heading, guiding the ball, and pressuring an opponent are the very foundation of what creates excellence in an athlete. With the knowledge and expertise I've gained through 21 years in Canadian and international soccer, I hope to guide players on best practices that create effective and efficient execution of these movements and core guiding principles for superior technique.

 

Once a player has mastered the physical movements, they must then learn to apply that physical movement and the execution of technique within the context of the infinite possibilities of a soccer game. The place where physical movement, technique, and decision-making meet is a guiding principle for how I structure my sessions.

INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING

An athlete can grow through individualized coaching or team sessions. Still, I believe an athlete's skills are best improved by working in small groups with other athletes with comparable skills. This allows players to receive individualized, focused attention but still facilitates situations where decision-making can be employed. In more extensive group situations, tactical and decision-making positions can be enhanced, but individual attention can suffer; in individual sessions, focused feedback is high, but the game context and decision making is limited.

ATHLETE MENTORSHIP

Attempting to achieve personal and athletic excellence is a unique and life-changing journey. While it will always be challenging if we are open to learning about more than just our sport, challenging ourselves this way can ultimately lead us to the most meaningful lessons of our lives. The collaboration within this program goes far beyond individual or small group sessions. Achieving athletic excellence is a journey that must encompass our lives physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. I know sports can be used as a force for good, so I want to help athletes navigate the world of sports more holistically and effectively.

Andrea is proud to continue to work as a mentor with athletes of all sports, ages and backgrounds. For more information on booking Andrea for a coaching session, don't hesitate to contact her at admin@andreaneil.ca.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA AT THE 2013 NATIONAL SOCCER COACHING CONFERENCE

"For any parent, having a child you think might excel in any way is special. Finding someone who agrees with you and can take that and give them new and better ways to achieve their goal is a rare thing."

Brian (Parent)

Soccer Player
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