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What you say and how you say it when delivering the pre-game speech is a big motivator for your soccer players. Try these coaching tips when talking to the kids before the soccer game to prepare them for competition:

  • Speak in a calm and relaxed manner.

  • Be brief.

  • Conduct the talk away from any distractions.

  • Stress the importance of having fun and displaying good sportsmanship at all times during the game.

  • Stay away from overused clichés; speak from the heart to get your point across.

  • Avoid pressure phrases like “Let’s score five goals today.” Kids can give you their best effort, but they can’t control the outcome of games.

  • Be enthusiastic with your tone of voice and body language. The kids will be more responsive.

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