1. Learn more about the game of soccer much earlier in his playing days
  2. Put much more thought into the proper playing environment for him
  3. Not stress over him getting to the “next level” rather than helping him be the best he could be at the level he was currently playing at
  4. Played more 1v1 soccer with him in the back yard
  5. Less analyzing the game play by play afterward and more telling him the absolute joy it gives me to simply watch him play the beautiful game

As I am deep into the back nine of my son’s playing days, I don’t have many regrets. I don’t really regret the things I’d do differently, because developing as a parent is just as important as your kid developing as a player. It’s all a part of living the soccer parent lifestyle. ⚽⚽⚽

Buford Mobley
Buford Mobley

I'm no soccer guru. Just a soccer Dad who's been through the ups and downs, twists and turns of the youth soccer journey. I help soccer parents develop their players by becoming better soccer parents. It is my mission to make the journey easier, more enjoyable, and more meaningful for soccer parents.