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13 Reasons We're Forever Indebted To Youth Soccer Coaches

So many orange peels. From 3v3 to the big leagues, our youth soccer coaches always stood by our side. Let's build a metaphorical tunnel for them to run through!

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1. They convinced us that we had big potential.

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Destined for such great heights!

2. They were patient with us as we learned the basics.

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With their support, we eventually dared to use our non-dominant foot.

3. They made sure we were geared up and safe.

Especially when our mom bought one-size-too-big cleats, knowing we would have a growth spurt soon.
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Especially when our mom bought one-size-too-big cleats, knowing we would have a growth spurt soon.

4. They took their work seriously — but not too seriously.

As long as we showed teamwork, they allowed for the occasional mutiny.
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As long as we showed teamwork, they allowed for the occasional mutiny.

5. In fact, they prioritized having fun over most everything else.

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And that's why we loved coaches who let us train with games instead of drills.

6. They were there to celebrate our successes.

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We cherished every end-of-the-season trophy.

7. And they always stuck around when we wanted practice to last just a little bit longer.

"First one to score again wins?"
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"First one to score again wins?"

8. They taught us the importance of taking breaks.

And they sure didn't mind that our uniforms were always so sticky.
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And they sure didn't mind that our uniforms were always so sticky.

9. They showed us how strong we are...

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10. ...while reminding us that brains are just as important as brawn.

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Corner kicks are all about placement.

11. Through their leadership, we became leaders of our own.

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The first promotion we ever dreamed of was the Captain's armband.

12. We were led to some of our most memorable victories.

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"Goaaaaal!"

13. And became idols to all of our fans (ahem... siblings).

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