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The BackoftheNetfc soccer schools operate a fun based Skills Challenge that provides young footballers with an opportunity to test their skills in a fun competitive environment. The skills challenges are offered at all BackoftheNetfc soccer schools throughout the year.
The BackoftheNetfc Skills Challenge is designed to ignite a passion for self improvement in young footballers. Inspiration is one of three key methods that BackoftheNetfc coaches use to deliver the building blocks of player development. The Skills Challenge series provides a set of objective results that players can use to track their own personal technical development over time. It is important to note that the challenges are not intended as a means of selecting teams or assessing a player’s overall ability. There are many additional factors that comprise a soccer player’s total make up. The five Skills Challenges are purely a tool to help motivate players to improve their technical ability.
The BackoftheNetfc Skills Challenge is comprised of five simply structured challenges that measure technical ability in the following areas:
The Skills Challenge is open to boys and girls ages 5 and above and are easy enough that players can set up and practice them by themselves, away from the Soccer Schools.
The primary philosophy of the Skills Challenge series is to help create a fun and competitive learning environment and engage players to develop a motivation and desire to practice in their own time, away from structured sessions. All scores from official Soccer School locations are recorded and each time a player improves their first score they will receive a star. All scores will be recorded and added to the BackoftheNetfc website and leaderboard.
The BackoftheNetfc methodology encourages a 'pick-up soccer mentality' where players develop a motivation and desire to practice on their own. After the challenge, players can ask for their scores and replicate these Skills Challenges at home. The idea is to beat your last score at the Soccer Schools and gain a star. If the players beat their previous score they then work their way through all 9 stars and finally get the Black T-Shirt and be the BackoftheNetfc "Master of the Football".