I constantly harp on my kids about skill and technique in everything they do. There is no detail too small, no skill too basic or trivial. You can imagine how they enjoy hearing it.
Unfortunately my kids play soccer. Now I love to watch good soccer as
much as anyone (reference: Spain embarrassing Germany) but youth soccer
is mostly random booting, pinball played on a big, grassy field. If
I'm going to be forced to watch them play they're going to do it with
skill and technique.
To that end we host Brazilian coaches every summer. Brazilians are
widely known as the masters of soccer. They all came out of the
Brazilian youth academies and are on scholarship here. The coaches
spend the summer here in Rochester coaching local youth teams and
hanging out at our house. It's crazy but we love it, they've become
So if you're going to learn soccer get yourself some Brazilians. If you want to be a better developer come to dW and read our articles, participate in our communities, blogs, forums, wikis etc etc.
PS: That is a real Kaka jersey signed by Kaka. Junior's brother played professionally with Kaka's little brother.