Train like a Pro Football Player
If you are thinking of becoming a professional football (soccer) player, you should read this. Here are essential steps you need to take on your journey to the football’s pro ranks.
As a teenager my dream came true when I got to watch Chelsea live at Stamford Bridge. But that just inspired me even more. It was at this time, when I was 16 years old that I realised that I really wanted to be one of those players on the pitch. It was later than most, but I was determined to become a professional football (soccer) player. At the time I had no high-level experience or connections and long story short, it took years to get to the level professional football required and since then I’ve played in Hungary, Scotland, Australia and most recently The Netherlands.
I’ve learnt a huge amount about what it takes, so if you are thinking about becoming a professional footballer, read this! Here’s Part 1 with first 5 steps you need to take.
Step 1: Have a Burning Motivation
If you want to become a professional soccer player for the money or fame, then stick to playing for fun. You need to have the sort of drive and passion where playing at a top level matters more to you than getting paid top money. To have the sort of grit and determination to get through all the stresses, downs and pressures of playing professionally, you need to have a true love for the game or you’ll just end up being very unhappy. For example, I could care less about how much I’m paid if I played at Chelsea, but the experience of training at top players and top facilities, playing every week in big stadiums would beat any salary. What’s your motivation?
Step 2: Train 10, 000 Hours
Recent studies have found that the key to success in any field is practicing a specific task for a total of around 10, 000 hours. Therefore, a player must train and/or play football for at least 10, 000 hours before reaching ‘world class’ status. That’s around 3 hours a day, 20 hours a week for 10 years.