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do what works best for your family. do research on the culture of a team by visiting a local game or consult with a trainer to attend a training session. observe how the parents behave, how the coach interacts, how the team plays together. take the advisement of any trainer/coach or managing parent with a grain of salt. this is all a business for a lot of the "elite" clubs you repeatedly hear about and most of the overly involved parents have agendas that don't include your kid no matter how talented he or she may be.
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you are making strange comparisons. You said speed and size does "not work at all" I beg to differ. If we define College as the peak for most women soccer players, there are several examples of big and fast thriving in that world with limited technical ability.

your comparison should be the big fast less technical kid vs the smaller, slower more technical kid. i have yet to see kids improve speed dramatically as they get older. Speed off play sure, but not speed of foot.
I see the confusion here. I was talking about boys. Big and fast with no technical skills doesn't get you very far as a boy post-puberty, unless you're Gyasi Zardes!

I didn't mention small and slow because I've never seen that combination in a higher level player.
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run for your lives!!!!!
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You can only teach speed to a certain extent, however, IQ off the ball, in my opinion, is more important. Speedy attackers are a dime a dozen and they are typically defended by comparatively slower bigger players on the back line.

Speed is the one difference in all professional sports. Players fortunate enough to make the leap must get used to doing simple things at an incredible pace.

Luckily in soccer, there is one thing that trumps player speed and that is the pass. A pass is the fastest thing on a pitch. It's faster than running without the ball, with the ball, or any type of skill move.

Watch any EPL, La Liga, or other Euro league game and count the one-touch control & pass possessions there are. It's probably 8-9 out of every ten passes. Players don't make end to end runs or dribble past many defenders. The player in the EPL with the most successful dribbles is probably a player you never heard of - Adama Traore of newly promoted Wolverhampton.

Creating space off the ball and making the smart pass can beat bigger, faster players.

Until that changes the average size in professional European soccer is going to be under 5'11".

Does anyone know what is a key indicator for identifying professional athlete? Its not the only indicator but an important one.....Its the ability to hit a standing back-flip unassisted (like without a trampoline)...Most high level athletes (pro boxers, pro soccer, elite level wrestlers) can complete this task. It shows they have the the balance, strength, agility and mental awareness the common weekend warrior athlete does not posses....If your child can't do this....its ok...just enjoy watching them play...perhaps about half D1 athletes are able to hit this.
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Does anyone know what is a key indicator for identifying professional athlete? Its not the only indicator but an important one.....Its the ability to hit a standing back-flip unassisted (like without a trampoline)...Most high level athletes (pro boxers, pro soccer, elite level wrestlers) can complete this task. It shows they have the the balance, strength, agility and mental awareness the common weekend warrior athlete does not posses....If your child can't do this....its ok...just enjoy watching them play...perhaps about half D1 athletes are able to hit this.
see my advice above... run for your lives!!!!! because this post above!
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