When David Beckham was a teenager, did he really, really want to play soccer?
Did 85% of teenagers that quit the game really, really want to play soccer?
So what’s my point?
In order to want something it’s a good idea to have a plan. It’s also important that your want/s are in fact, your wants.
Deciding that a soccer career is for you instead of letting someone else decide for you is a significant problem. If your dream is not that elusive contract then don’t change your ways because someone is telling you otherwise.
Think about this for a minute.
Do you play soccer?
As a soccer player are you happy? This question is purely based on your relationship with the game.
You might think to yourself what is soccer happiness anyway?
My definition of soccer happiness is wanting the things you’re likely to get. Most players don’t set their goals high enough and feel happy when they accomplish becoming mediocre or average players. Another definition meaning the same thing but worded differently would be not wanting the unattainable.
Soccer should always be about the “you show”.
That’s right, “you”!
It’s funny when you trial for teams that want your services. All of a sudden you’re the star of the show. Training becomes a show piece for you to display and announce your skills.
When trialing with a new team, one approach is to be reactive, to listen to the coach, play where he puts you and to try and fit in without causing too many waves. It’s also a good idea to answer all questions directed to you in a safe and conservative manner.
Don’t you agree?
The other approach is to put on a show, to become the main star, to take charge and to also display your balls.
Which approach would get noticed the most?
This year I had the chance to visit Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the city of shining lights. On arrival, no one asked me what kind of lights I wanted. No one asked me what kind of entertainment I wanted. Vegas has its own shows. If you don’t like them, you leave! Plenty of people stay though.
The city Vegas exists because it puts on a show and the desert profits from its confidence of attracting new visitors.
So the point is this,
Most soccer coaches don’t want to pick players who have vision, personality and guts. But that’s okay because you don’t want to play for them anyway.
At the end of the day, Soccer is always about the “you show” and nothing else. Enjoy the spotlight.