Anytime Soccer Training

Ball Mastery Secrets for the Parent-Trainer

April 30, 2022
Anytime Soccer
Anytime Soccer
Ball Mastery Secrets for the Parent-Trainer

My name is Neil Crawford and I am a soccer dad and founder of Anytime Soccer Training. When I started training my own two sons; I faced a complex dilemma;


How do I actively help them reach their full potential in soccer while keeping things fun and avoiding common risk factors such as burnout?


  • Sure, if I trained them, they would get better –  but will they burn out?
  • Sure, I could just play with them, but will they master the skills needed to excel at the highest level of the game?
  • Sure I could hire private trainers to do the work – but isn’t that expensive and will I miss out on quality time with my sons? 
  • Should I wait until they are 12 or 13 and they tell me they love soccer? If so, do we miss a valuable opportunity to start early? 
  • Why do I even want them to excel in competitive soccer?


I had so many more questions than answers.  In doing my research, I found that there were no resources dedicated specifically to helping parents navigate this challenge. I turned to popular soccer parenting resources.  However, for the most part, the information I found was not meant for parents who actually help train their own children.


The only references were an endless list of common risk factors and anecdotal stories of overzealous parents who went too far. 


I was searching for practical and actionable information from the perspective of parents who have worked with their children.  That was the inspiration behind the Anytime Soccer Training Parent-trainer podcast series.


This podcast series is all about sharing valuable tips, insight, and stories that will truly help other parents avoid common mistakes, while also helping their children reach their full potential in soccer.  Be warned, that I talk candidly about what my sons and I do on and off the pitch.  I love hearing feedback and even criticism on the Anytime Soccer Training Facebook Group.


So if you are a parent who trains your child or has intellectual curiosity – this podcast series is for you.  Each week, I will add another show to the below list.


In this show, I defined the parent-trainer as sharing the following beliefs:


  • Parent-trainers believe individuals must take ownership of their own development.
  • However, children need help from their parents until they reach an age of self-actualization.
  • Parent-trainers believe deliberate practice is an effective and necessary component of mastery.
  • Parent-trainers are unwilling to outsource 100% of their child’s development (in soccer or anything else) to someone else.
  • Parent-trainers are introspective – recognizing the need to strike the right balance needed between training and fun.