Does height matter in football? It still makes me cringe to hear stories from parents that have had their kids turned away from academies due to their size, strength, or being too slow.
Really, is this still happening in today’s game? Does height matter at that age?
Haven’t some of our greatest players had one of the things mentioned against them throughout their development but because of their superior technical ability and game understanding succeeded anyway?
Off the top of my head, I can think of countless stories of great players who never had one of the attributes above in their favor or even some cases none of them.
So why do many of us still use this a benchmark for player selection?
How many potentially gifted young players are being missed because of this?
And why we should look beyond a young player’s physical attributes and focus on building an excellent technical base!
We discuss this all below.
The state of grassroots today!
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