Do you want to become more professional at football? You’ll need Technique, Game intelligence, Physical fitness and Proper mindset.
In this article, I break down the most important football skills lists that can help you reach your full potential and achieve success in football.
- Technique – Ball control, Dribbling skills, Passing, Body control.
- Game Intelligence – Spatial awareness, Tactical knowledge, Risk assessment.
- Physical Fitness – Endurance, Balance & coordination, Speed, Strength & power.
- Proper Mindset – Passion and love for the sport, Take stock of weakness, Insist on mental toughness.
Technique is perhaps the most visibly obvious element to success in football.
Good technique has 4 key elements:
- Ball ControlBall control refers to a player’s ability to collect the ball and gain control of it using all parts of the body including feet, legs, chest, and head. A player with good ball control is able to receive passes both on the ground and on air to keeping the ball close to their body. When you are good at ball control you can take the ball wherever u like and can protect the ball easily from your opponent.
- Dribbling SkillsDribbling skills refers to a player’s ability move up and down the pitch with full control of the ball. A player with good dribbling skills can move the ball in different directions at different speeds with both feet. You can easily pass the opponent with your dribbling skills.
- Passing Passing refers to a player’s ability to use both feet to send the ball to the player’s desired destination. That could mean sending the ball straight to a teammate’s feet with power and accuracy, sending a through pass into space with proper weight, crossing the ball accurately in front of the net or for strikers shooting the ball accurately and powerful into the back of the net.
- Body ControlBody control refers to a player’s ability to move their body fluidly to optimize balance and the direction they want. Body control is also the physical fitness that have to train your body to maintain your balance.
Game intelligence is measured by a player’s ability to make smart decisions on the pitch and make them quickly. A smart footballer aims to keep the game as clean as possible, minimizing energy expenditure while maximizing results.
Game intelligence comprises 3 skills:
- Spatial AwarenessIt’s an exceptionally important cognitive skill for football. Good spatial awareness skills result in increased dexterity, a great sense of balance, flexibility and whole body strength if it is gained by actions such as running. Players need to be aware of the immediate space around them. According to the position of the ball, their own teammates, and their opponents.
- Tactical knowledgeIt’s refer to a player’s knowledge of the nature and structure of the game. Tactical intelligence is also critical to performing well on defense and perhaps even more important. On defense, players should constantly be assessing the field to accurately anticipate their opponents’ next moves. If they anticipate correctly, they can close down their opponents’ angles, prevent easy passes between them, and force them to make a mistake.
- Risk assessmentRisk refers to the fact that certain aggressive decisions could lead to loss of possession. Such aggressive decisions could lead to over expenditure of energy and inability to perform well for the full 90 minutes of the match. On the other hand, a complete lack of aggressive decisions in an effort to conserve energy and maintain possession could prevent the team from scoring goals and ultimately lead to a loss.
Physical fitness is another essential element to achieving success in football.
In addition to endurance and speed, footballers need balance and physical strength to defend the ball at their feet, to shoot, to pass the ball long distances, to win balls out of the air.
In conclusion, physical fitness in football comprises 4 essential elements:
- EnduranceEndurance the ability or strength to continue to last especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. It refers to a player’s mental strength and ability to continue despite the overwhelming fatigue he or she might feel. As the body fatigues, control, focus, and decision-making becomes more and more difficult.
- Balance & CoordinationGreat Balance and Coordination are necessary skills for footballers. Footballers are often moving fast in small spaces either weaving through defenders or, on defense, keeping up with the moves of offenders. Moving quickly in small spaces with one foot on the ball requires a superb amount of balance and coordination. Balance and coordination (mixed with speed) is what makes a player agile and agility is a necessary skill for the best footballers.
- SpeedThe last is perhaps the most important and most widely-used category of speed at every football player. It allows him, while dribbling, in playing one-to-one, the possibility of easier passing his opponent and creating position for adding a team- mate, still moving with the ball or shot at goal.
- Strength & PowerPower training helps player’s to delay fatigue, increase the strength of their movements, and decrease the risk of injuries. As a footballer, you need to be able to explode quickly and with plenty of power, at every short sprint. For that, you need to train your leg muscles and your core. Those muscles also contribute to your balance, ensuring that it’s increasingly difficult to steal the ball from you. Well-trained leg muscles also help you increase your capacity to jump, something that could come in very handy in aerial duels.
Proper mindset is the final key to achieving success in football. To really achieve success, footballers have to put all their heart and soul into their sport. That being said, such passion can result in devastation after defeat or burnout.
Here are 3 tips to help you sharpen up your players mentally
- Passion And Love For The SportThe most important trait that a player’s must have to achieve success in football is a burning passion and love for the sport. In order to achieve success, player’s put in incomprehensible hours of practice, and once they achieve success, they continue to do so. These hours not only include time on the pitch but also time spent watching football matches, analyzing them, reflecting upon a player’s own performance on the pitch, etc. To achieve success in football, one must eat, sleep, and breathe football.
- Take Stoke Of WeaknessIt’s a time for player to take stock and be honest about their game. So it’s a great to be able to work on areas of their game that need improving or that need a complete overhaul. Challenge your players to do this – you lead training, but ask them to come with a few individual goals in mind. These goals might be related to any aspect of the game.
- INSIST ON MENTAL TOUGHNESSThere is little point having ultra fit players if they have little resilience or mental toughness. The coach’s primary weapons are words, so make sure your sentences are littered with references related to psychology. Vocalise your insistence that players train with confidence and tell them you want to see confidence – insist on it from the sidelines. If you’re not seeing confident movement, with players on their toes, alert and lively, then stop play immediately. Insist on focus and constantly remind players of the importance of staying switched on.
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Becoming a successful professional football player is a challenge for even the most talented players. This is the best way to achieve success in football and even become a professional football player. If you practice more your football dream will achieve faster. Good luck!