has to do with the lack of touches that I see at practice. In US soccer practice, players are averaging anywhere between 300-400 touches a session. Most players practice 3 times a week with a few games on the weekends. This means, that on average, players are getting around 1500 touches a week.
That is literally nothing...
Looking at our European and South American neighbors, we see that these players are averaging close to 10,000 touches a practice.
This means that all the time and money you are currently spending driving to games, getting gear, being a supportive parent is being used on a system that is not developing your child.
Problem 2 is that most players who do want to be better spend their off days and time outside of practice not knowing what they should be training on.
They do what they can in order to improve their ability.
Unfortunately, most coaches are volunteers, do not have the time, or don't know the proper structure to develop an effective training routine around technical development that improves ball control and coordination on the players own time.
This leaves many players looking all over the internet for videos, articles, training plans, you name it - to try and get better.
They try one video and get frustrated because they see that the drill is out of their skill level, can't see how it will work during a game situation, or just don't know where to start.
In short, the players end up even more frustrated and left feeling hopeless - like they haven't improved at all.
This leaves you, the parent, feeling confused about what to do or how to best support them because you want them to be successful but also don't want to push them too far...
I see it time after time, players killing themselves trying to develop their skill, yet failing, and end up quitting the beautiful game.
But it is not their fault...and it most certainly is not your fault.