As a soccer parent, I know firsthand that raising a competitive athlete is a challenge. There’s no playbook for parenting, let alone for raising a young athlete. That’s why seeking advice from coaches, clubs, and other experienced parents is crucial.

But as I’ve discovered over the years, there’s little guidance out there for parents who want to supplement their child’s training. Sure, there’s plenty of advice on how to behave on the sidelines and during the car ride home, but nothing specifically designed to help parents who want to positively contribute to their child’s training.

The following list draws upon the lessons I’ve learned, which are often overlooked in coaching circles. While it’s not that coaches are opposed to parents supporting their children (as I discuss in my podcast series), it’s simply not something that receives much attention or consideration due to the numerous other priorities they must address.

Read the full article to get the five lessons I learned over the years that aren’t talked about enough in coaching circles:


Neil Crawford
Neil Crawford

Hello, I'm Neil Crawford - a soccer dad, coach, and the founder of Anytime Soccer Training. I'm excited to tell you about my journey in the world of youth soccer and how it led me to create a comprehensive online soccer training app. As a parent and coach, I understand the challenges of navigating the youth soccer landscape. That's why I've devoted over a decade to coaching and training, gathering valuable insights and actionable tips along the way. I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge with other parents, coaches, and players to help them improve their skills and reach their goals. That's why I founded Anytime Soccer Training - an app that provides thousands of 100% follow-along training sessions that you can access anytime, anywhere. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, our app is designed to help you improve your soccer skills and achieve your full potential. In addition to the app, I host a weekly podcast called The Inside Scoop, where I share my experiences, insights, and tips on youth soccer. I'm proud to have helped countless parents and coaches navigate the youth soccer landscape and achieve success. If you're looking to improve your soccer skills and knowledge, I invite you to check out Anytime Soccer Training and tune in to The Inside Scoop. Let's work together to help the next generation of soccer players reach their full potential.