5 Tips on How to Become a Professional Football Player (soccer) in 2020
Statistically, the likelihood of you becoming a professional football player is not very high. According to Michael Calvin whos author of the book: No Hunger in Paradise: The Players. The Journey. The Dream, “The most damning statistic of all is only 180 of the 1.5 million players who are playing organized youth football in England at any one time will make it as a Premier League pro. That's a success rate of 0.012%.”
However, that is the Premier League. Being a professional football player doesn’t mean that you need to play for FC Barcelona or Liverpool. You can be pro playing in slightly weaker leagues around the world, while still being a professional football player.
This differs slightly in women’s football, but even in that aspect, things have been changing in the last few years, and now you can even be a professional playing in the lower leagues as a woman.
But so what can you do yourself to become a professional football player? Here are 5 tips from a pro on what you can do to become a professional football player.
1. Stay Committed and Be Ready to Make Sacrifices
Even though this sounds vague, it is very important to remember this.
When you are younger, you can think that football is your whole life, but you will be surprised by how much you will change as you are growing up and how many distractions will come up.
Parties, friends, jobs, school, relationships, you name it.
If you are not able to commit and to make those sacrifices, someone else will, and they will beat you and become a professional football player instead of you.
2. Don’t Just Play or Watch. Observe!
Wherever you will play you will be training. However, practicing is not enough if you want to become a professional player. You also need to be able to see the play and to read it correctly.
If you are a great player with great technical abilities but are at the wrong spot at the wrong time, you will not get far in your journey to become a professional football player.
What should you do?
Watch football on TV and watch it for educational purposes. Look at what other players in your positions are doing, and learn from their mistakes and from their strengths.
So the next time you watch a game, don’t stare blind on the ball moving around. Look at the players in your position. Check how they adapt to changing situations on the field.
Take notes. Analyze. Get better.
If you will not able to read the game quickly, it will be harder for you to become a professional football player.
3. Do Individual Training
The best professional football players out there spend even more time on individual training than on team practice.
If you want to get ahead of other players, you need to set time aside for individual training such as individual football training, gym, cardio, tactical or mental training.
How to get better? Nowadays you can find thousands of good workouts online on YouTube or other social channels. My tips are looking at Unisport or BecomeElite for some great football-specific workouts and tips to get better, or on this blog! We got weekly content coming up.
4. Make Yourself Seen
No one will know of you if you don’t make sure they will. You can’t just wait around for scouts and coaches to find you.
It’s up to you that you are found.
In most cases, your club/team will already have footage of the games, so just ask to access it and edit together a highlights video. If you don’t already have footage, ask your parents or friend to record your games. Today even a phone camera will do perfectly.
The Next step is to upload your highlights on YouTube or platforms like ScoutMapp, where you can upload your highlights and get discovered by coaches.
Ready to give it a go? Download ScoutMapp, set up your profile, post your videos and connect with coaches.
This a great way to be offered a trial by a club or even a possible contract or scholarship.
5. Networking (The Most Important if You Want To Become a Professional Football Player)
When saying networking, in most scenarios it means finding the right agent that can help you.
Because agents have the valuable connections that will make it possible for you to get a trial or a contract with a team.
Sometimes however it is enough to reach out to the right people. Would that even be even connecting with agents, scouts, or coaches on LinkedIn.
Putting a video up on youtube might sometimes be enough, but in most cases, it is crucial that you make sure that the right people will see your footage. That will maximize your chances.
Today you also have platforms like ScoutMapp, which is an app that enables players to get discovered all over the world by putting their highlight up and connecting with coaches.
Want to Become a Professional Football Player?
In order to become a professional football player, you will need to sacrifice a lot of work and time. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
You need to follow many steps in order to finally make it. Not everyone will be like Messi, but that doesn't mean that you will never become a professional football player.
Remember it is never too late. So don't give up.