We are told that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become
expert in any field. Soccer should not
be different. Does this mean we can
never produce world-class players in North America?
So just read this excerpt from an article written mainly for
the musical world.
… ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the
level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert — in anything. In
study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice
skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you,
this number comes up again and again. Ten thousand hours is the equivalent to
roughly three hours per day, or twenty hours per week, of practice over ten
years. Of course, this doesn’t address why some people don’t seem to get
anywhere when they practice, and why some people get more out of their practice
sessions than others. But no one has yet found a case in which true world-class
expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this
long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
Three hours a day (20 hours a week) for ten years. Or for
the crash course, 40 hours a week for five years.
Our thanks to Daniel Levitin in This
is Your Brain on Music.
So here are the soccer questions.
Can kids in America and Canada put in the required 10,000
Can it be done in less than 10,000 if the quality of
practice is appropriate?
Practice makes perfect! Or does it? Practice makes permanent and can develop poor
skills. So maybe it is 10,000
hours? Could it be 5,000 hours?
Can we develop certain core practices that are age- and
developmentally-appropriate thus reducing the time factor alluded to in Daniel Levitin's
So for now, only questions.
For this article no answers! We’d
like to hear what you think.