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How can I start getting better at football?

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Sharool’s Answer

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6 simple steps on how to become a better football player
Practice, practice & practice.
First touch.
Weak foot ability.
Pre-season is the perfect time to work on your weaker foot. ...
Control and dribbling in tight areas.
Increase your fitness levels.
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Sharool’s Answer

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6 simple steps on how to become a better football player
Practice, practice & practice.
First touch.
Weak foot ability.
Pre-season is the perfect time to work on your weaker foot. ...
Control and dribbling in tight areas.
Increase your fitness levels.
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Rickey’s Answer

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Hey Daijon,

Studying the game is at the heart of football and every sport. There are some talented ball players throughout the world, but the mental aspects of the game is what separates the good players from the great players. So try to watch games and understand the details of the game for your position.

Of course, the best way to get better is always just getting out and playing games as much as possible. Getting the proper amounts of training, rest, and nutrition is also a great way to begin to discipline yourself to achieve your football goals.

One of the best advice someone gave me is write down your (football) goals on a piece of paper, visualize yourself achieving your goals, and steadily work hard at it every day in someway.

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Nick’s Answer

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Film study is one of the most underrated components of football. No matter your position, breaking down your own film as well as the competition is going to help your development.

Secondly, practice like you are playing in a game. It sounds simple, but this shift in mindset changed my college career. If you approach to practice with the attitude and effort you would in a game, you find that actual game becomes easier. You establish the habits necessary to excel. As a warning, your teammates won't like it, however, they'll eventually respect you for it and will push them to get better too.
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Nicholas’s Answer

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Hey Daijon,

To answer your question, in my opinion the best way to get better at football, or any sport for that matter, is to just get out and start playing. Whether it is seeing how far you can throw the ball, practice making catches or testing your speed when you run with the ball. Think of it as a craft and in order to master your craft it takes practice, discipline, and also patience. I played football during my freshman year in high school and although I was very fast, I didn't have much game time because it was my first time playing the sport and prior to tryouts, the only time I played football is to throw the ball with my friends or my dad. I will give some more advice on things you can do to get started below...

Nicholas recommends the following next steps:

  • Learn the game: When I say this, I mean you should learn the terminology, vocabulary, etc. that is commonly used in the sport. I don't know how much knowledge you already have about football but this can include the player positions and what they do and the different penalties and what the consequences are. Basically, by understanding as much as you can about the game, that will give you a competitive edge once you get on a team and play on the field.
  • Get in Shape: This tip is pretty self explanatory but also very important. If you are planning on trying out for a school team in a couple of months, you wanna make sure that your body is in shape and ready to push through the practices you are going to be put through every day (ESPECIALLY HELL WEEK). If you are typically an active person then you should be fine, just continue doing what you're doing to stay active. But if you don't usually exercise then it's time to start preparing so you can be ready and don't give out during football tryouts. Go out for a mile run everyday or start lifting some weights in your house. You wanna be as ready as you can be because once the tryouts come along, the pressure between your teammates is going to intense - especially in football.
  • Scrimage with friends: A scrimage is basically a practice game. This is something fun you can do with your friends that will also help familiarize you with what a real game will be like. Try to get 10 people together so you can all have a scrimage and play a game together. 5 defense and 5 offense, for example. Remember, this is more just for fun but it'll also help you just as much as the other tips I've mentioned.
  • Research and Practice Drills: Once you show up for tryouts, your football coaches are going to put you through a variety of different drills during practices. Some without pads and some with pads. In preparation for that and so you can know what to expect, go online on youtube and search for videos on different football drills. Here is an example of a video you can look for online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLnGCwuoSpc Feel free to look up a couple of these videos and then practice them at your local park or in your front/back yard if it's big enough.
  • Watch the game: The last piece of advice I can give you after all of this is just to watch the game. Watch football games, NFL players during their practices and even after game footage of the different plays. This is a good and well deserved way of practicing and learning after you spent the day training your body. Remember that your brain/mental fitness is just as important as your physical fitness. I hope all my advice gives you some clarity and a better understanding on how to improve your game. Best of luck when you join a team and go break some collarbones lol
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Matthew’s Answer

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Hello,

One of the first things you can do to help improve your game, is pick your favorite player that plays your position and watch some of his film on youtube.


After watching film, start taking mental reps. Imagine yourself doing what he was doing on the field, then implement it. Do not hesitate to ask your coach how you can improve, they will likely have a list of drills that will help you.

Good luck!
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Ed’s Answer

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Train everyday, practice with people better than you
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Mridul Kumar’s Answer

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Hi Daijion,

To be a professional in any field dedication and hard work are must. But in terms of skill you can watch this video (link below). It will help you better understand how to be a professional player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEvBfVqJEDc
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Angel’s Answer

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When the world is sleeping and tired you should be taking physical and mental reps. 80% of the game is mental. Be a student of the game and learn every position.
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