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“My team always loses. How can I win more?”

“My team always loses. How can I win more?”

We recently received an Instagram DM from someone in the Effective fam. This is what he said to us: I think the first thing to do if you’re playing in teams where you’re losing all the time is to really analyse what points a team loses or you, yourself lose. Maybe the team is already setup to lose beforehand because training is too comfortable, the...

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My football coach doesn’t play me, any tips on what to do?

My football coach doesn’t play me, any tips on what to do?

So I was having a conversation with a parent of an American 20-year old kid who I’ve followed a couple of years and had high hopes for their collegiate career.  The parent told me all these reasons why his son wasn’t playing and why the coach sucked.. “There are politics in recruiting”  “Several members of his squad quit after this season” “The coach is also...

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The 7 Day Challenge

The 7 Day Challenge

DEDICATION is the main reason why some become professional and others don’t. Are you dedicated enough to take on this 7 Day Challenge on the Train Effective Academy? Schedule Building the right kind of training habits is hard, that’s why we go on this journey together, supporting each other along the way through the ups and downs. Perfect your technique with the #7DayChallenge ! 1...

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Soccer Tips: How to Get Over a Bad Soccer Game

Soccer Tips: How to Get Over a Bad Soccer Game

Everyone has their bad days. You’re not alone, just look at these guys: 1. Paul Pogba vs Brighton 2. Edison Cavani vs Metz 130 3. Renato Sanches vs Chelsea Feel better now? Good. Because in a world where we exclusively celebrate wonder goals, dribbles and passes shared through social media – we forget that most of the time football can be just as unglamorous.  Whats important...

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My Parents Think I’m a Failure by Playing Soccer

My Parents Think I’m a Failure by Playing Soccer

A question from Liam: I think you need to respect where your family are coming from. You need to respect the environment they grew up in and their circle of friends and other family members. You need to have empathy there and understanding so you know where they’re coming from when they say “you’re ruining your life” I don’t know your family situation but, if...

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How to be Successful in Soccer

How to be Successful in Soccer

There’s a misconception about what the road to “success” looks like. And it mainly comes from movies. They usually start out with the main character wanting to reach some ambitious goal. After he learns that he has to train hard to achieve it, there is always this motivating 3-minute montage where you see the person do some crazy workouts with inspiring music. After that short...

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Top 10 Injury Comebacks (Minimum 6+ MONTHS INJURED!)

Top 10 Injury Comebacks (Minimum 6+ MONTHS INJURED!)

Most footballers have to deal with an injury at some point in their career. The difference between them is the way they deal with those injuries. For some players, an injury can mean the end. For others, it can be an opportunity that can lead them to even more success. The 10 players on this list all had to deal with very severe injuries or...

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How to Become a Professional Soccer Player

How to Become a Professional Soccer Player

A while ago, Johnny, one of our Train Effective players, made it into a semi-professional club here in England. While this was already a great achievement, he wanted to know how he could now bridge the gap from still playing at an amateur level to playing professionally. Johnny is a 23-year old American player whose dream has always been to become a professional soccer player. Here...

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