Many young players look up to professional players such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, and sometimes wonder: What should I do to be the next soccer superstar? and the answer is not that simple. However, In this article, I will talk about the three crucial attributes of top players that have helped them reach their professional goals.
Whether we are looking for a few tips or a game plan to make our dreams come true, everyone that plays soccer has thought of this question at least once in their lifetime: How to become a good soccer player. And the dreams continue…
Understanding the three pillars can lead to better performances on the field. These pillars are: Fitness, Techniques, and Tactics. When a player is capable of mastering at each one of these pillars, now we can reach for the sky and wait for that opportunity to land on a good team that will eventually lead to exposure and hopefully better teams.
Pillar #1: Fitness
There is no doubt that soccer has shifted to a very physical sport where you must be able to run for 90 minutes. This is the most important pillar because with no strength, the legs and brain can’t respond as desired. Every soccer play should be a real athlete and take care of his/her fitness. It’s very simple, no fitness no soccer.
There are many ways to stay fit for a soccer game. Running, working out, and soccer drills are the most common ways of staying healthy and ready for a game. This first pillar will help you become a good player by providing the fuel and energy needed to win 50/50 balls, to make runs down the line, and to get to that long ball.
Pillar #2: Techniques / Skills
The skills are obviously necessary and soccer players constantly work on this to become good soccer players. Through drills and a lot of practice soccer players can accomplish these skills required to improve their performance.
Some players are born with certain set of skills but most of what they are capable of is because t
hey practice a lot. Always remember, “you may not be able to do it like them but can improve your skills”. There is no need to be the next Messi or Ronaldo to make it to the professional level. With the appropriate skills and technique, soccer players can become important pieces on any soccer team.
There is a saying: Discipline can defeat talent. And I truly believe this. However, if you have the talent AND the discipline, you are TWO steps ahead of the game.
Pillar #3: Tactics / Understanding of the Game
This is the most complex pillar and this makes a difference between soccer player and GOOD soccer players. Given that a player have the skills and the fitness to play for a top team, now he/she needs to understand the game to prove the coaches that he/she is at a different level.
On my other post, I go over 11v11 formations and why it is important to know what 4-3-3 or 5-3-2 means. A player that is smart enough to understand what coaches ask for can be considered a good soccer player.
Soccer is a strategical sport and movement without the ball is more important than what a player can do with the ball. Players that want to become better players should focus on understanding the tactics of the game and what top professional players do when they do not have the ball. Watch their runs, movement, and placement on the field to improve your understanding of each position on the field.
When we master all 3 pillars
It’s pretty much GOLD!! Being fit to run a full game, having the skills to make perfect passing and to control the ball at all times, and understanding the game can lead to only BETTER opportunities to land on a top team. You also need to be lucky and meet the right coaches to help you reach your highest potential, there is no doubt about that.
Let’s not forget about the expected component if we really want to accomplish our goals: DISCIPLINE. No discipline no success. Have a game plan to master these three pillars because good players are not just born, they are also made!
So, how can I achieve my best?
Through sacrifice and hard work, you can improve your performance and become a good soccer player. Perhaps not everyone will make it to professional level, but there are many teams in different prestigious leagues that can serve a showcase for dedicated players
One last thing, soccer is a career that ends very early in life. At 35 years old, a player will pretty much be DONE with soccer. On the other end, if a soccer player wants to MAKE it to the professional level, as early as at 18 years of age that player can be considered “too old” and some dreams will be unfortunately crushed.
What’s my point? START TODAY! don’t wait another day without having a game plan if you want to give yourself a real opportunity to become a GOOD soccer player. Support the young one because they may have the potential to make it! They just need someone to push them and get them to the next level.