Becoming a footballer has always been seen as more of a dream than a goal.
As its just so hard to make it due to the amount of competition out there.
To put it into perspective, less than one per cent make it as a player.
So saying its hard to become one could be an understatement
To make it as a professional footballer, you will need to do several things to improve your chances.
Firstly you will need to stand out from the already huge competition.
You will also need a little bit of luck to be on your side.
While many players you see in front of your TV screens are, of course, great at playing.
They were also likely in the right place at the right time when they were first scouted.
Despite saying that, if you have what it takes somewhere down the line, you will be spotted if you are out there playing for a team.
Clubs send many scouts across up and down different countries to find the next talents and uncover hidden gems.
So if you are trying to become a professional footballer, and you are maybe yet to get spotted.
Then there could be a reason why.
That’s not to say there isn’t anything you can do about it.
With hours of practice and the right mentality, you can put yourself in a better position than other aspiring young players.
So in this post, I will take you through 5 signs you will never become a footballer; however, I’ll go over pointers and tips on what you can do to change that.
1. Dwelling Too Much On Your Mistakes
If you are someone who dwells on mistakes you make in-game, then it will decrease your chances significantly of making it as a pro footballer.
When scouts such each age group for players to recruit, they are, of course, looking at your ability, as you need to play the game well.
But one aspect, in particular, is the mental side of it.
This is something I didn’t become aware of until later on in my career that having the wrong mentality can hinder you.
There would be times when I make a mistake in a game by mistiming a pass, for example, and my reaction would be poor.
I would then struggle to shrug it off, and my game would be off.
As I would constantly be thinking about a pass, I made that was wayward.
From then on, I wouldn’t want to show for the ball.
This doesn’t look good to coaches, as it shows you are afraid of making more mistakes, and therefore will hide in games.
So the best advice here is if you make a bad pass or completely miss-hit a ball, that you try to put it behind you.
Scouts will take an interest in players who make a mistake but then straightaway bounce back by continuing to try and impact the game.
2. You Are Not Doing Enough
You can’t just be average and succeed by doing the bare minimum to make it as a footballer.
You need to work hard to better yourself with every week that passes to give you the best chance possible.
For many top-level footballers, they put in extra work to improve areas of their game.
You might have heard of David Beckham back in the day, who practised free kicks after training.
The game goes for big names like Cristiano Ronaldo, who would also do the same.
That has just a few, as most of the players you see now have put in that extra work to give themselves that advantage.
I remember when I was younger, having the goal of being a footballer.
However, I never worked on important areas of my game.
I always recall my father telling me to work on my left foot when not training or playing games.
When I would do it, I would get bored and finish early or just not do it consistently enough.
So due to not putting in that work, my weak foot suffered, and in games where having a stronger left foot would have been so useful.
I was therefore not able to and shifted my focus solely on my stronger right foot.
The point is if you want to increase your chances dramatically, you want to be focusing on the weak area of your game.
You want to then be improving those skills.
Even if it makes you feel uncomfortable or you really don’t feel like doing it.
3. Your Not Putting Yourself Out There
The best way to improve your chance of getting spotted is by putting yourself out there.
Playing concrete football with your mates or playing 6 a-side is a good bit of fun.
However, if you are doing it to get noticed, you likely won’t.
Instead, you want to be signed up to a local football team that plays 11 aside if you are not already.
There is at least one football club in most towns, maybe even two or more, depending on where you live.
It doesn’t matter if the team is small or think you live in a town that no scout would come to.
As trust me, scouts scour all the leagues for new talent.
So as long you play, the chances are you will appear in front of a scout at some point.
Once you have joined a team, you then want to make yourself available as much as possible.
Not only does playing more help you improve as a player, but you will put yourself in more eyes as a result.
If you want to put yourself out there even further, you can check out trial sites.
With these sites, you can sign up for football trials close to where you live, where scouts are guaranteed to be in attendance.
You will have to typically pay to sign up for these, but the most important thing is you have the opportunity to truly showcase what you have.
4. Making The Wrong Decisions
Whether you are already in an academy system or trying to get scouted, another trait a player must have is good decision making.
Being able to make the correct decisions at the right times in a game can affect how far you go in the sport.
After all, the game of football is one that can change in an instance.
You may have seen matches where a team has made just one costly mistake that has led to the other team scoring and maybe even winning.
This is why knowing when to make runs, pass the ball, when not to and to shoot is so key.
5. Having The Wrong Diet And Nutrition
The last of the signs that will stop you from becoming a footballer is being reluctant to changing your diet.
If you are trying to become a top footballer, who is playing in the top leagues, you will need to consider the things you eat.
You will want to limit fatty and processed foods as much as possible.
Instead, you want to be focusing your attention on carbohydrates, such as pasta and rice.
This is a type of food that is proven to be great for footballers.
Now, if you are eating too much unhealthy food, it will have a huge bearing on your fitness in games.
Which, in turn, is going to prevent you from reaching peak performance within games.
So if you want to not just increase your chances of making it but also feel more ready for training and matches, then its worth focusing your attention on diet and nutrition.
From my past experiences and talking to scouts, these are the best 5 signs you will never be a footballer that you will hear.
Now the point of this post isn’t to put you off.
It is more to make you aware of certain areas which could be hindering your progress.
So, therefore, putting the focus on the aspects I have highlighted in this post may help you in your pursuit of becoming a top footballer.
I am confident that if I knew about all these signs early on in my playing career, I would be at a better level than I am now.
To conclude this post, let me just say that nothing can beat persistence and drive.
After all, its the reason why top pros like Cristiano Ronaldo have gone from poverty to successful players.
So if you have that and are willing to learn and put in 110 per cent, you will still go far in the sport.