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10 Ways to Become a Better Football Player Like Ronaldo and Messi.

1. Practice Makes Perfect

There are countless ways to improve the level of your game, but actually playing your sport is what makes the greatest impact. Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book “Outliers: The Story of Success” (Amazon: USA/UK/FR/ES/DE/IT/BR) spent years researching the common denominators among some of the world’s most successful people. According to Gladwell, the key to success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of approximately 10,000 hours. The “10,000-Hour Rule”, as it has come to be known, can be applied directly to sports to make you a top-level athlete. With enough time spent on the football field, you can become a phenom in your league and respected by your peers for your skill and dedication to the game.

2. Know the rules

Knowing the rules better than your opponent can be the difference between winning and losing. Make sure to brush up on the rules of the game so you can avoid the same thing happening to you. Most leagues in Europe play by NCAA rules, so check out the updated NCAA Rule Book to brush up on any gaps in knowledge. Remember, knowing the rules means knowing ALL the rules.

3. Lift, Lift, Lift

We all know that putting time in at the gym will get you bigger and faster. Focus on strength and mass, and less about looks. I can’t tell you how many guys I’ve played with that really looked the part, but couldn’t lay a block or make a tackle to save their lives. You’re training for football, not a swimsuit competition.we all know Christiano Ronald spent more time at the gym than any other player his time at Madrid and it help him alot.

4. Diet

Stay away from processed foods, caffeine, and sugars. Eating meat is fine, but be aware that not all meat provides the same amount of protein per calorie. Lean meats such as chicken and turkey provide more protein with less calorie intake, while fatty meats such as beef and pork have a much higher calorie content. Skill positions such as receivers, defensive backs, running backs, and quarterbacks should focus on building lean mass (high protein/low calorie) while linemen and linebackers should focus on adding bulk (high protein/high calorie). Again, Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Body” (Amazon: USA/UK/FR/ES/DE/IT) is simply the best work written on the subject.

5. Watch film

Watching film allows you to learn from your mistakes an see things from another perspective. You can also learn new techniques and moves from other players. As Malcolm Gladwell states, “Achievement is talent plus preparation.” Ask your coaches for a copy of their practice or game film to evaluate yourself. If your team hasn’t established a viable filming strategy, help them establish a plan to make this a reality. Be part of the solution.

6. Position Specific Training

Make sure you identify the specific skill sets that are valued for your position. If you’re an offensive lineman, strength, size, toughness, and team-first mentality are valued above all else. If you’re a defensive back, quick feet, speed, good instincts, and a short-term memory are most important. Whether you’re in the gym or going for a run, make sure that everything you do centers around those skill sets. Linemen rarely run more than 20-30 yards on a single play, so a 5-mile run is probably not going to provide much value. Quarterbacks rarely need to make a tackle, so taking part in tackling drills is going to be minimally effective. By focusing on your position’s most-valued skill sets, you’ll prevent injuries and focus all of your available time on being the best you can be at your position. You need to be as efficient as possible with your time and effort.

7. Get Your Sleep

Your body does 90% of its healing while you are sleeping. This is vitally important during the football season and most-important the night before a game. Alcohol interrupts your sleep cycle as well as the production of testosterone, which is beneficial for building muscle and energy. On game day, you need as much of both as you can get. Testosterone is generated from cholesterol, which is produced between 4:00-6:00am. Keeping a regular sleeping pattern and getting a full night’s sleep will allow your body to recover and give you the energy you need the next time you play.

8. Play against better competition

One of the best ways to improve your game is to literally elevate your game. There are all sorts of creative ways to play against better competition. If you’re a Junior, ask the Senior Head Coach about attending Senior practices. Even if you’re only participating at a practice level, performing against players that are bigger, faster, and stronger will only force you to raise your skill level to compete.

9. Endurance training

By the 1st quarter, most football players are performing at about 85-90% of their normal capacity. Imagine if you were able to maintain 100% capacity for the entire length of a game? That would mean that you’d have a significant advantage in crunch time, the point at which most games are decided. If you’re still at peak endurance near the end of the game, you’re playing on an entirely different level than everyone else on the field.

Work to get yourself in game shape by practicing at game speed. The more you play at full speed, the more prepared your body will be for the rigors of a football game. Run 40’s after practice, take more snaps, or run more routes. Just make sure you’re ready to go on game day.

10. Get feedback

Ask your coaches for feedback on your play. The benefit of an objective opinion is that they see some things that you may not. You’ll be expressing the fact that you value their opinion and that you are focused on becoming a better player. These are very strong impressions to make in the eyes of a coach. Plus, you’ll be learning a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of your game that’ll give you some confidence and some areas to focus on.

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