SPOTKICK: Your New Favorite Soccer Training Aid
"The two most important touches in soccer are your first and your last. This game improves both.”
-- Coach Franzke
If you’ve come to this page, you’re probably still on the fence. Yeah, this SPOTKICK thing looks cool...but is it worth the money? As the father of three soccer players, I can tell you this: it absolutely is.
Let me explain.
SPOTKICK is more than just an amazing, super-fun, ultra-competitive backyard game. The goal and its accessories double as super-effective training aids. Think about it: how much have you spent on trainer’s fees? Worse, how much WILL you spend in the future? Trainer fees, plus tournament fees, clinics, one-on-one sessions, and more.
Add it up! I know, I know...it’s depressing. For my family, it’s in the thousands. And not three or four thousand…we’re talking about college-tuition-level money.
The problem? Even the best trainers can’t provide enough opportunities for kids to learn basic soccer skills in a ninety-minute session. These players need to do some serious work on their own if they want to develop mastery of the ball.
Let’s also face some facts: with all of the technology available right now, dragging kids outside to practice skills on their own is largely a thing of the past. Why in the world would they kick a ball against a wall 100 times to improve their passing and trapping skills when they can watch Youtube and Tik Tok all day?
Simple answer: they won’t.
Only truly unique kids possess the motivation to train regularly on their own. My children are not these types. When we started testing SPOTKICK prototypes, I learned I had spent all this money, and they STILL didn’t know how to chip or chest-trap a ball at 15 and 17 years old. It was an eye-opening moment. After time spent in our yard perfecting SPOTKICK, however, I've seen tremendous improvement in their game.
This was the moment I knew I had something special.
With over 20 years of coaching soccer and teaching physical education behind me, I know how kids learn. As a former collegiate soccer player, I also know that playing at a high level requires a wide range of technical skills. Passing, shooting, and ball control are essential, and when you add SPOTKICK to your routine, you get training tools for all three.
Best of all, playing SPOTKICK ensures your child will be fully engaged and actually learning while they play.
I’ve run plenty of skill drills only to watch my players “go through the motions.” Very little learning occurs. The best training sessions actually occur when I turn every drill and activity into a mini-game or competition. Engagement skyrockets, and so does learning.
When someone plays SPOTKICK, they enjoy hundreds of opportunities to pass and trap the ball. And best of all, these opportunities mimic what actually occurs in a game! This isn’t tossing a ball at a partner’s thigh ten, twenty, thirty times. BORING.
In SPOTKICK gameplay, the ball comes on and the receiver has to move, decide which body part should control the ball, and decide what part of the SPOTKICK goal to target.
The SPOTKICK Cones
The SPOTKICK Cones included with your order make gameplay easier AND train players how to kick a ball properly. The “chip” in soccer is a difficult skill requiring lots of practice often overlooked in training. Therefore, even experienced players have trouble with this skill. Do not worry!
The SPOTKICK Cone provides a lift, so kicking the ball in the air becomes much easier. Like, so easy that anyone can do it! As players grow more comfortable, they should remove the cone and try chipping the ball off the ground. No cones allowed in a real game, after all!
Oh, but did I mention the ball itself is a training aid? Keep reading...
The SPOTKICK Ball
Like I said, the chip is a difficult skill, so I designed my own ball for enhanced gameplay. The SPOTKICK ball is the perfect weight: it’s easier to put the ball in the air, AND it still feels like a real soccer ball. It is the official size...but not the official weight.
Since the Spotkick ball is lighter, it encourages players to “soften” their body parts when receiving the ball. If they’re rigid, the ball rebounds farther away, and they won’t score points. SPOTKICK players will soon find a traditional ball easier and easier to control the more they play.
Even better, SPOTKICK trains young players how to shoot properly. The lighter ball explodes off players’ feet, providing the encouragement a beginner needs. When I received my first sample, my seven-year-old hid it on me! He loved it because he could lift the ball, and he was launching “rockets” into our backyard goal. Combine the SPOTKICK ball and cones and you have a great formula for teaching proper techniques for kicking the ball “with the laces” (something many of my high school varsity players can’t do properly).
I’ve spent the past four years obsessing over SPOTKICK and all the ways I can make this game the best value possible. I’ve exhausted every manufacturing option, perfecting its design, rules, and role as a training aid.
I will post tutorial videos to help players develop these skills. If my family hears the word SPOTKICK one more time, they might kick me out of the house...but I’m taking my chances!
I won’t stop. I hope my obsession can add to your enjoyment of this sport I love and improve the skills of soccer players and families across the country.
Enjoy SPOTKICK: The backyard soccer game that raises YOUR game!