Quote posted by Twitter friend (@SeanMonaghan_SM)
“It’s years and years of not training the right way. Not always being encouraged to play, solve problems tactically.” – Caleb Porter.
What is the right way?
There is no answer to that question. Instead, there are answers. Plural. Because there are many different ways of playing ‘right’. And you have to be your own judge.
What you think is ‘right’ will be a style of play that is in line with your own soccer philosophy. Because a coach, no matter how young or old, good or bad, will not teach their team something that they believe to be ‘wrong’. But we have too many [people] involved that don’t understand why something is ‘right’ and continue to teach with a figurative blindfold on.
Maybe [people] prefer the blindfold because the big picture can, at times, seem very gray.
In order to bring color into the picture one must become fluent in different styles of artistry. Different eras, past and present, are full of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ examples. Which ones are studied and accepted as ‘right’ will ultimately shape ones soccer philosophy. As Caleb Porter said it’s a process that lasts ‘years and years.’ It takes ‘years and years’ of studying and then ‘years and years’ of working within a philosophy before an artist and his [people] will begin to see truly beautiful, colorful, art.
But until a philosophy is adopted- the word ‘right’ cannot be defined. And again, you are your own judge.
Here’s a snippet of my artwork that I believe to be ‘right’ according to my philosophy.