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The Soccer Sidelines

131 EpisodesProduced by David DejewskiWebsite

Join Coach Dave on the sidelines as he brings you in on what’s going on behind the scenes and the stuff that really matters in youth sports. Understand the game, development, and ways you can support your young athlete at home!


Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

Inspired by an article written by Fred Bowen of the Washington Post titled "Athletic Ability is just a part of success in sports," we hear what 5 high school coaches are looking for from players beyond athletic ability.


We also hear about what Tom Statham from Manchester United's Youth program has to say about essentially the same subject.

Time and again, we hear that what separates the good from the great is Character. Coaches from high schools to the pros are echoing this message over and over again: talent isn't enough. Youth wanting to participate - whether in higher competitive level soccer or in life in general - must develop core character skills around sportsmanship, teamwork, empathy, leadership, and more.

In this episode, we review multiple coach's input and talk about being intentional with development of character.
Resouces Mentioned in this Episode:

Bowen, Fred. “Athletic Ability Is Just Part of Success in Sports.” The Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2017,

Maltbie, Reed. “#39 Manchester United Youth Coach Tom Statham Discusses Two Decades of Watching Young Players' Unique Pathways to the Pros.” Changing the Game Project, 11 Dec. 2017,

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