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How to Train for Soccer Tryouts

Soccer tryouts for your school or travel team are the first impression you give to the soccer coaches and impact where you play in the coming season. It is important to prepare properly for your soccer tryouts and give all you have on that day.

  1. Practice with the ball to work on your technique. Dribble full speed using cones or trees as imaginary defenders, practice passing and trapping by hitting a ball against the wall at differing heights and levels of power. The coaches will take notice of your ability to control and pass a ball. Drills and practices with others is also helpful, but the key to improving your technical ability in soccer is to invest time practicing with your foot on the ball.

  2. Exercise three or four days a week in the months leading up to your soccer tryout. Build up your stamina to perform at a high intensity, ideally by playing a mix of league and pickup soccer. The coaches will notice if you have the ability to contribute to attack and also track back on defense. Practicing with a ball can count as your exercise as the running during practice will build stamina.

  3. Eat a healthy diet leading up to your soccer tryout, and especially on the day of the tryout. Eat plenty of carbohydrates, which your body uses for energy. Good foods to eat on game day about three hours before your tryout are potatoes, pasta, rice, whole grains and lean meats. Avoid unhealthy snacks and candy, which will give you a sugar buzz followed by an energy crash.

  4. Drink plenty of fluid on the day of your soccer tryout. Stay fully hydrated with water or sports drinks before, during and after your tryout. Avoid drinking high caffeine drinks or soda before your soccer tryout. These drinks will dehydrate your body and have a negative effect on your performance.

  5. Arrive early to your tryout for a good impression. Adopt a positive attitude on the day of your tryout. Stress and anxiety may be natural, but they can lead to tension and poor performance. Focus on showing your ability. Soccer coaches will notice a player who plays positively and encourages teammates. Negative behavior, such as visibly getting down on yourself and teammates, will reduce your chances of making the team.

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About the Author

With a sport psychology master's degree and a successful coaching background, Stewart Flaherty has experience in improving performance in a number of areas. His articles specialize in sport psychology, nutrition and coaching.

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