Here are a few tips to help you as a soccer player to prepare for any away tournament.
The first tip in preparing for a tournament is your packing list. Make sure you have your uniforms, your warm-up and practice kits and then your cleats. (Bring two pairs if possible, just incase.)
After you finish packing your soccer items, you want to get all of your other necessities; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, sneakers, extra clothes, etc. Senior soccer player, Jonathan Jimenez, who plays for the national champion New York City Football Club academy team said, “I usually pack all my soccer things first and then my regular clothes and I always bring 2 pairs of cleats in case one of them breaks.”
The second tip is preparation and what you do before the game that is going to help you succeed. You have to make sure you eat healthy like pasta, vegetables and fruits, and you have to make sure you drink loads of water. You also have to make sure you stretch a lot so that your body can be prepared for the extensive amounts of games.
“I’m at a tournament I usually drink 5-6 bottles of water before game time. I stretch in my hotel room extensively and at the field I get my final stretches going. The night before game day I’ll eat lots of pasta and salad usually.” said Jimenez
The third tip is the type of music you listen too. Listen to the type of music you believe prepares your mind the most before your games whether it be Hip-Pop, Rnb, Pop, Country, etc. According to statics, listening to any type of music before a game boosts your performance level about 10%.
Another senior soccer player, Eduardo Vargas, who plays for FC Westchester said “I listen to music that hypes me up, like rap and hip-hop and I love listening to Drake and the Migos.”
The last tip is the snacks you should bring. Bring fruits that will not rot after a couple of days like apples, bananas, oranges, etc. Apples will give you nutrition, oranges will provide you calcium and bananas will give you potassium so you do not cramp up during the games. Also bring granola bars, all of these food items will help fuel your energy before and during your soccer games. “I usually bring granola bars, fruits, like bananas, apples and strawberries” said Vargas.
Hopefully after reading this you will have a better understanding on how to be prepared for tournaments.