10 Essential tips for youngsters to become a pro-footballer!

We all love football & we all want to become a footballer & when we look at Zidane, drogba, messi or ronaldo the motivation just gets stronger but it’s a fact that not everyone can become a pro-footballer unless & until you work hard towards it. The sport of football requires a lot of commitment, fitness and passion towards the game & hence we thought we should come up with an article which may help the aspiring kids in the long run.

 

  1. Completely succumb & devote yourself to soccer.It is this affection & craziness for football, the love for this sport that will push you to become a successful professional soccer player. Passion will help you channelize through the challenging, negative &  tough events and moments. Professional soccer must be something that you want to do. Don’t do it because it’s expected of you, or because it’s someone else’s dream.
  • If you wish to become a professional player in today’s competitive sports market,   You have to be completely succumb yourself & get fully committed. Every inch of your being body and soul should be determined to play better day by dat. If you are hedging your bets, you won’t be as good of a player as you can be.
  1. Know the sport inside out.Get knowledge and learn as much about soccer as you can. Read books, watch matches and DVDs, and talk with great soccer players. Ask them about their strategies in tough times, their tricks & tactics and what they’ve found beneficial while  they have climbed the ranks.
  • Have an in-depth & solid understanding of what famous & successful football players have done to succeed and their signature moves which made them reach this heights.
  1. Train like a horse and improve yourself as a football player, at both the levels: physically & mentally.

 

  • Though sounds cliché but practice & work hard everyday, make time to train, time to play this beautiful & intense game, because at the end of the day you only get one chance and a one shot which may decide your fate.
  • As a player you can also keep improving your dribble skills and reflex by observing yourself as the only hope on a play ground and making up a player to dribble through your imagination; then make use of your favorite moves in dribbling your imagination. .

 

  4. Start playing carefree soccer at a raw & young age.Don’t worry or get pressurized so much about playing on a team early on. Call your buddies and parents to play soccer with you as much as possible from an early age. Than you can shift and start joining organized youth teams at local levels between the ages of 5 and 14.

  1. Fitness should be your motto & you got to train regularly.Start joining and attending training camps as early as possible. If your club or association of clubs provides training camps, summer camps, etc. than you should make full use of these opportunities. You’ll certainly learn a lot from others & it you eventually feed off the enthusiasm and competitiveness of other players. You’ll also learn a lot in an intense, short span of time.
  • Start joining in organized games at a very young age so that in a few years people already know you at the local level. Make sure that you try your best to get into matches and tournaments that represent your school, region, state or country at the youth level.

 

  1. Practice hard by progressing through graduated levels.The first and the foremost thing is you got to choose a school team, local club, or district team that you can attend regularly and that has a good coach. Many may undermine the importance of coaches but mind you, coaches can make or break your career & it is very important to have nice coach cum mentor. The best & the most feasible option would be to join an academy, known for grooming & training young players to become thoroug football professionals. Continue with youth teams every year, rising your charts to more competitive and selective teams every time you level up.
  • Eventually, move from youth teams to scholastic and collegiate teams. Then move to amateur and semi-professional level teams and clubs. You have to reach & climb the stages lowly with patience & gradually, being sure to play against senior players. If you’re in the USA, make an aim to get into a college that has a top soccer program in place because USA is quite famours for that.

 

  • You got to toil hard and practice a lot.It goes without saying that things which you get easily are not worth and things which are worth are not achieved easily. So focus dedicately on consistent training to become a great footballer. You’ll be required to practice almost every day, no matter what the weather or the condition of the ground is. You’ll also need to balance your practice with your studies or even part-time work. It is your hard work, the practice, the daily dedication, that will develop your talent and hone your skills. All the little things count and it all gathers to become a player what you are.
  • If you are a parent of an aspiring football child, you have to be equally dedicated and attentive. You have to take care of your child’s diet, his/her fitness, make him buy football gears, make him participate in nice academies, start networking and talk to coaches of big teams, transport your kids on time to the matches and so much more.

 

  1. You have to be thoroughly patient : Success doesn’t come overnight and you have to accept that becoming a successful and pro-footballer is a slow and gradual process. You have to keep learning new things everyday, learn from players who are better than you rather than being jealous of them, join academies, polish your skills.

 

  1. Observe & Assess yourself:

After you’ve completed played for a while, you need to evaluate and look at your skills. You have to find out what position your best skills are best suited to. When evaluating this, don’t just think about yourself. Think about how your skills can be helpful & used into your teamwork, and how your strengths & weaknesses fit into the game & affects the game as a whole. It is quite important that you are exceptional at what you do because there is a lot of competition. Respect & take your coach’s honest opinion even if they are blunt and not positive about your strengths, your weaknesses. Learn from your coach’s valuable inputs on how to improve your game and be a player who is better than what you were yesterday.

 9. Work hard to be the best amongst your level and circle:  There is no place for mediocre stuff in this world & If you’re not the best player around, make an honest evaluation & assessment about how you can improve your skills or if you need to shift to a different position. You have to prove yourself and others that you are not just a ‘one goal wonder’ and you can be a consistently good player in crunch situation where the team can rely o you. Atleast be a player the opposition is worried about if not the best.

  1. Networking & Communication- Football is a team game and good communication & rapport with the team and management is vital. You have to prove that you are a team player who plays for the benefit of the team and not for personal benefits. You gave to be very careful with the way you express, your manners and also avoid rude or angry behavior on and off the field. You never know who is observing you from which stand as each and every little thing counts while you are on the field performning. Be a team player, communicate properly and be the one where your team mates and coaches are proud to have you in the side.
  • Get in shape.
  • Strong legs and limbs, an athletic body, immense flexibility and running abilities of a cheetah are some of the essential to become a A level player. For that you really need to take your fitness seriously. No matter how much sharp and clever you may be on the field but if you don’t have fitness you wont be able to perform & eventually you wont be able to show your cleverness and sharpness about this game either.

 

Preparing to Become a Professional Soccer Player

Continue to train individually even if you are not playing at the club or have not joined coaching, you don’t need to give up. You don’t need to depend on anybody rather start practicing whererver you can on the ground alone or with your friends or parents and work on your skills, athleticsm,  adaptability and flexibility  

 

Mentally you have to be like a rock:  Playing professional level of football is uncertain and unstable and we all know that. You have to accept and prepare yourself for short-term contracts, the risks of injury, and inevitable aging and loss of skills. These realities can create feelings of insecurity and burnout but instead of getting insecure you need to work on your skills daily. Public exposure can be overwhelming if you do make it to the top but at the same time it can be tiring, invading your privacy and even lead to depression when you are sacked or out of form. Never refrain yourself from meeting a sports psychologist and its always okay to talk and share with someone rather than accumulating it. It is a very important tip for youngsters that not to take too much of success or attention neither too much of failures and criticism reach your head. Just play your natural game innocently and you will keep surving.    

 

Make full you of your club. Many Clubs hold trials or talent days to spot talented soccer players. They also tend to depend on the network they have in place to identigy the best players and refer outstanding players to the higher levels of the game. Participate and het yourself involved in all the important tryouts. Make the most of these golden opportunities by meeting & networking with as many people as possible, exchanging details, and certainly following up on leads.

 

Know exactly in prior what talent scouts are looking for: You never know, a scout may show up and appear at any time to check out your team and the perfomance on the field. If you aren’t aware, a scout will sharply observe & watch your entire attitude & not just your ball play. You’ll be watched for characteras much as your outstanding talent. Show your better side & properly co-ordinate and display your team spirit by helping your team mates. Show your passion, ambition and competitiveness, but don’t be mean or rude either. You should also show that you can be completely unaffected, calm and focused under pressure. Always try to play your best at all times and never give up no matter what. You never know who’s in the crowd.

Be prepared to move often. The agents and the clubs are not concerned about your personal life, they may want to transfer you or move you in no time to other clubs to complete their wants. You have to be mentally prepared for such changes and not be afraid of it. Though you need to ask in a nice way on how much often would you get to play in the new team, the pay and the terms of the contract before accepting it.

 

-Haineel Shah

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