Top 3 benefits of 1 on 1 soccer training

1 on 1 soccer training

In addition to team training at IQ Football, players of all abilities have the opportunity to receive individualised attention in 1 on 1 soccer training that can improve their abilities and give them an edge over the competition.

Any amount of extra practice can improve a player’s performance. The player who is waking up early to exercise, doing extra kick-ups each day at home or staying after their team’s training session to do extra shots will be improving at a faster rate than their team members who come to training and leave as soon as it is finished.

But what about the players who also receive 1 on 1 guided training from a soccer coach? They’re receiving a tailored program to their specific strengths and weaknesses. Let’s look at the top 3 benefits of 1 on 1 soccer coaching and why the extra effort is worth it.

1 on 1 soccer training
1 on 1 training

In this blog, I’ll discuss:

1Individualised Attention
2Early Form Correction
3Mentorship

Individualised Attention | 1 on 1 soccer training

Each training session is adapted to the player’s individual learning pace and style. If a player is struggling in their team, the coach can work on areas that wouldn’t necessarily be focussed on in a team setting. If the player were to carry on playing in a team setup and not receive the individualised focus needed, they may lose confidence and motivation to carry on their development.

Likewise, if a player is well ahead of the curve, 1 on 1 soccer training will harness the player’s abilities so that they can progress quicker, and reach their full potential. A player needs to leverage their key skills and abilities from an early age to harness their natural talent and create a healthy confidence and resilience. 1 on 1 soccer training has the ability to impact a player’s career. There are millions of players across the globe who are working extremely hard at their game, so if there is a desire for a player to receive a soccer scholarship or be scouted for a professional team, 1 on 1  training is needed.

The obvious, but crucial, fact is that 1 on 1 soccer training works from the individual’s ability and at their pace, not the team’s – and this makes all the difference in the long run.

Early Form Correction | 1 on 1 soccer training

Mistakes, bad form or any kind of ongoing weak areas can be immediately corrected in 1 on 1 soccer training. When a player is in a team, the coach will be able to pick up on these small nuances, however, they may not be able to attend to it or correct it due to the time constraints and general focus on the team in a group training session.

The benefit of picking up on weak areas early is that bad habits, that may be harder to eradicate later, can be corrected. It’s better to invest in developing the best form and technique from the start than try to correct what has already been established in a player’s muscle memory.

Mentorship | 1 on 1 soccer training

In 1 on 1 soccer training, the coach becomes the player’s mentor. Often, 1 on 1 soccer coaches have years of experience playing the game, as well as coaching and mentoring. This is essential to players who are able to speak with their coaches about what they are experiencing mentally, emotionally or technically on, or off, the field. A 1 on 1 soccer coach essentially becomes a sounding board for the player.

Feedback and analysis is crucial for progressing in the game and developing strong mindsets. In 1 on 1 soccer training sessions, a coach will be able to assess how the player is doing and adjust the sessions accordingly. Learning to take a balanced view of the sport and to walk away from each win or loss with the right mindset is critical for success and sustainability. A mentor and coach is able to instil these keys in their players.

The best players are the hardest workers. If you want to train like a professional and reach your full potential, 1 on 1 training is the way to go. 

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Sean Szabo

Recognised as a leading brain-centred football coach in Gauteng, Sean Szabo is an English FA qualified coach who has worked internationally assisting player’s motor and technical football skills, as well as their cognitive development on and off the field. IQ Football was founded in 2015 by Sean as an amalgamation of his passion for football coaching, mentoring, and brain-centred research.

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