Every coach will tell you that “practice makes perfect.” This is true...if you want to be average. However, I feel as though a great coach will tell you that perfect practice makes perfect. Every athlete makes time to practice but only the ones who are looking to aspire in their sport; soccer, baseball, football, golf, etc., will practice with a purpose. Average players tend not to push themselves but those who look to stand out from the crowd will work when their is no crowd to watch them. In other words, a great athlete will do more than what is asked of him or her during practice.
Practice is essential to becoming a great soccer player. A soccer player requires a lot of stamina, more than the average athlete. They need to have enough stamina in order to run continuously for 90 minutes with about a 15 minute break at the half way point. But stamina is not the only thing that makes the elite soccer players great. It not only takes hours of running, but intense training with the ball as well. Skill is the other half of a soccer player’s arsenal. This is something my club soccer coach drilled into my head all the years of playing club soccer.