Do you want to lead the soccer life of players like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo or Landon Donovan and do you want to play for world class professional teams like FC Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan or Real Madrid?
If the answer to above questions is 'yes', then it's essential to get the skills and experience to become a professional soccer player. Professional soccer is incredibly competitive and there are no guarantees when it comes to being chosen for a professional soccer team. However, there are things you can do to ensure you're prepared in the best possible way and take your game to the next level. By following the steps below, you will increase your chances to become a professional soccer player.
Love soccer and have a passion for the game
The most important start of everything is that you have a passion for the game. The love for the game will drive you through your quest to become a professional soccer player. The passion needs to come from you and you should not feel any obligation to do something that you are not passionate about or to do something that's someone else's dream. Your love for the game of soccer will help you through your difficult times and bad moments.
Be involved (or get your child involved) in soccer as early as possible. Many soccer organizations offer local programs for kids. Starting early will teach young soccer players the rules of the game, how to move on the field and how to handle competition.
Know the game
Watch matches live and on TV, read books and magazines, talk to other successful soccer players about tactics, strategies and the path they followed and participate in training sessions and soccer matches to ensure you know as much as possible about the game as possible.
Work hard and focus
In order to become a professional soccer player you need to work hard and focus on your skills. You need to be the best on the level you are currently playing at to move up the ladder. That means that you need to continue to improve your technical skills, knowledge about the game and communication skills and work on your fitness and prove during training sessions and games that you are an exceptional player, this will attract scouts of professional teams.
Keep climbing the levels
Work your way up the soccer levels as far as you can. Start with youth clubs or school teams and work your way up gradually to college teams and teams on an amateur- or semi-professional level and make yourself known on those levels. While you are climbing the levels, you will every year move to a more competitive level.
If you have the chance, attend soccer summer camps. You will meet other soccer players with the same ambition and you will also feel their competitiveness and enthusiasm. You will see that you learn a lot from coaches and other players in a short period of time.
Becoming a professional soccer player is not easy, but if you focus on your ultimate goal, show perseverance and work hard, you have a good chance of getting noticed by a scout of a professional soccer team. But also be patient, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo or Landon Donovan also had to work hard and did not get signed by a professional soccer team overnight.