How to improve aggressiveness?

by Tom Wiggins
(Apex, NC)

My son is in U12 and have been play for 7 years. He has good foot skills per his coach. He is comfortable at 1 vs 1 and easily run down to get score. He has been choosing to play with the top team in his club coming Fall. One skill not improving is his aggressiveness. He afraid of ball coming at him, he doesn't like to have body contact and he is very quiet at the field whether it is at the practice or a game. I’ve never see him making noise what so ever at the field. He is not quiet boy at home and his school. What is best way to improve this? Thanks, in advance.

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Improving agressiveness
by: Chris

Tom, In my experience some players are more technical players (finesse) vs hard players(rely on physical strength).

Some players also develop physically more slowly than others and so the physical contact is scary. The kid is still learning how to deal with that side of the game.

You might also have some big personalities in the team which overshadow other kids - obviously I don't know your team or players.

I would start out by asking him nicely if he is intimidated by the physical contact? Get him to tell you about his team mates?

Second, you can work on the physical side of his game especially his core, balance and strength. The more balance he develops and the stronger he gets the better.

Third, technique work on controlling balls out of the air - foot, thigh and chest as well as tackling and shielding the ball. Learning how to deal with more physical players.

I hope this helps - please let me know if you have any further questions.

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