Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. (1) Millions of fans watch the most exciting matches on TV and over the Internet and thousands of them are attending these matches on stadiums. There is no doubt that watching pro footballer players playing football is exciting, but what’s even more exciting is becoming a professional football player. In case you want to become a true professional, you will definitely need to have a passion for this sport. You will also need to be prepared to play football all the time and practice with the ball even when you are completely alone. Generally speaking, the passion and willingness to play are the two most important things that you will need to become a pro. Of course, there are few other things that you’ll need and that’s why we have prepared this step by step guide.
Dedicating yourself to football
Don’t forget that your passion for this sport will help you become a professional footballer. So, before you start training make sure that this is the profession that you want to do in the future. Next, you should spend some time learning everything there is to know about this sport – watch matches, read books and consult with professional footballers.
You should also train as much as you can and enhance yourself as a footballer, mentally, emotionally and physically. Obviously, getting involved at a young age is better (starting from 5 years). (2) You should train on a regular basis and attend special training camps offered by football clubs and associations. If there is a chance to represent your school, region or organization in some tournament, try everything you can to get in the team. It is the best idea to join a team/club that has an experienced coach and clear structure, so you can move from one category to another gradually.
Overcome problems and challenges
Training to become a footballer is not a smooth sail, so you should be prepared for all kinds of situations. The basic rule is to practice as much as you can and to give your best in every training session. Get ready to practice almost every day even when the weather is rainy or relatively hot. If you are going to school or if you are working some other job, you will need to keep balance.
As you know, patience is a virtue, so you will need this virtue during this process. Becoming a professional is not something that happens overnight. There is always room for improvement, so don’t be overly confident. Next, you should evaluate yourself and your skills. After a while, you should be able to determine the right position for you. Focus on developing the skills you are missing. Besides getting in shape (physical training), you will also need to work on your communication skills because, after all, football is a team sport and lack of communication will hurt the team and eventually your efforts to become a reputable professional player.
Even in times when you are not at the venue of your club, you can practice with your friends. It’s always a good idea to practice with more experienced players. Finally, ask your club whether they are planning to use professional players in the future or whether they have contacts with other clubs that need professional players.