I have played every position on the field, YES even goalie. And man can I tell you it was a whirlwind of emotions. Learning how to play multiple positions is difficult, but not impossible if you’re up for the challenge. I was up for the problem, and I would instead learn a new position and play, instead of being stubborn and never playing in the position I usually play.
Many players don’t embrace this idea, and it is to the detriment of your development. There are many good things to come from playing a different position; you have to be open to the experience and embrace what is going to be placed in front of yourself.
Here are my five tips on learning a new position quickly!
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1.Have an open mindset
Mindset is imperative in soccer and life because your mindset is what's going to help you with the transition of playing a new position. If you have a fixed mindset and aren't willing to learn a new position, then you will struggle, and the game won't be enjoyable. Soccer should be fun and enjoyable, so go into playing a new position with an open mindset. Do your best to learn as much as you can.
2. There will be setbacks, that's ok
With anything new, they'll be a learning curve, and that is normal. Do not let the setbacks and the tough times define you. Use this as motivation to push harder and make sure at the end of the day you have given your all and left it all out there. Be proud of your growth and development; it will prove to be the difference from those who achieve their goals and those who do not!
3. Ask questions
Coaches love players who are engaged and wanting to learn. When players want to learn, coaches will be more proactive to help you with whatever questions and concerns you have. Because coaches jobs are to know the game, this is a valuable resource because they can help you understand your new position. If there ever is something you don't understand, GO TO YOUR COACHES! Don't pretend like you know what you are doing because your coach will then believe you know what you're doing and the reality is you don't. That is a bad look so avoid that scenario
4. Extra work
If you're not working, it will be difficult because you're behind. All the players who are already playing the position have time and reps on you. So you have to get to practice early and leave late. This is up to you; you have to decide how committed you're to the new position!
5. It’ll help with your soccer IQ
Soccer IQ is underrated, and I hope more kids understand the importance of being able to recognize situations on the soccer field. Because you're learning new positions, it helps you individually and the team as a whole! Coaches love this and will be more prone to scout you because you're a well-rounded soccer player.