There are often more questions surrounding the club soccer tryout process than there are answers. How do I find club tryout information? How many should I attend? How will I get the coach’s attention? US Youth Soccer sat down with Ronnie Woodard, current head coach of three-time US Youth Soccer National Championship qualifier Tennessee SC 16 (TN) and former head women’s soccer coach at Vanderbilt University, who offered her answers to some of the most important tryout questions.
Woodard explains some of the first things coaches are looking for are if the player is coachable and exhibits a lot of effort, which can be displayed in a multitude of ways.
“One of the little tricks in tryouts is to always keep eye contact with the coaches during drills and when the coach is giving you their input. You also should try to implement these points immediately,” Woodard said. “A player’s work rate on and off the ball are equally as important.”
Woodard points out that specific clubs may be looking for a lot of different things, varying from strength in the air to finishing in the 18-yard box, but the one consistency coaches are looking for is players who provide special moments that turn heads.
“Coaches are looking for players to make an impact and get their attention,” Woodard said. “I think it is very important for players to get the coaches to notice, and it isn’t always easy.”
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