Soccer and Culture

The influence of culture on soccer—-be it junior soccer or big league soccer, is very important. Apparently, the way soccer team management works depends on the prevalent culture and it’s different from place to place.

The Dutch culture for example places much emphasis on player development. Starting from their junior soccer league for example, they focus on practice and the personal growth of each player and the eventual growth of soccer teams as a whole. The Dutch believes that the best players must play with each other and work together for years. Also, they believe that the best players must practice at least 3 times weekly and play in matches at least once a month. In addition, teams must sport a soccer jersey that looks good so that players are proud to wear it every time they go out to play. The soccer team management of all soccer teams, be it junior soccer team or teams, share one common goal—-to produce the best players, especially for the National Team to make the country number one in soccer all throughout Europe, and possibly throughout the world.

When all the players are working together towards the same goal, they are able to play as a team and not as just individuals. Instead, they bring out the best in each other. This soccer team management approach also gives an equal chance for all its players to be the best, because the training is pretty much the same regardless if it’s a local team or the National Team. New comers—such as those in the junior soccer teams are encouraged to excel and be better players as they gain more experience.

In the United States, one player will wear different soccer jerseys throughout his playing career. In the country, it’s all about trading players and buying players to produce a better team. Less emphasis is given on producing better players. Because of this soccer team management style, the morale of most players is severely damaged.  It all looks too self-serving from afar—–there is no common goal as compared to the Dutch soccer culture.

When a player gets to experience being traded often and changes his soccer jersey even more often than spending time with his teammates, his potential wanes in the long run. Dutch soccer experts advise the coaches on honing an individual player’s potential by making them play more and exposing them to all sorts of competitions. This soccer team management will produce better players in the long run.

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