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How To Physically Develop A Youth Footballer

Updated: Apr 18

Many young players are often held back from being able to further explore developing the physical side of their game due to misconceptions about the training involved "stunting growth", "causing injuries" or "making them too heavy and slowing them down..."

The truth is that the players who take advantage of this area of their performance and follow a structured process in a safe and professional environment will and do benefit greatly, just take a look at this outline of what's possible!

How many players do you know who will be following a process like this?

How likely is it that if you were, you would be gaining a distinct advantage and could break away from those who aren't?

Imagine if your technical game stayed to the same level, but you became faster, fitter, more explosive, stronger and more injury much more impact would you be able to have on the pitch each season?

How many more times would coaches and scouts be able to see you in action on the ball if you had:

  • More energy to get on the ball throughout the entire game

  • Retained possession under pressure more often

  • Reached more 50/50 balls first

  • And were consistently available and fully fit for almost every training session and match?

There's a reason the top pro clubs take the physical side of the game so seriously...

...and sadly in many cases it also explains why many extremely talented players who have been outside of the professional club environment struggle to step up when they get a trial.

It's not because they're not good enough technically (sometimes they're actually better)'s because they're behind in terms of strength, speed, stamina and injury resilience to have the same impact at that level.

The best part? This doesn't rely on talent, and it's within your complete control.

Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Looking for a strength and conditioning programme for a youth footballer?

We have two options:

  1. The Matchfit Youth Elite Programme (For Players 12-18 Aiming For Pro Club Or International Selection)

  2. The Matchfit Method Youth Footballer S&C Programme (Ages 9-18)

P.P.S Here's a video where I break down the process to follow to reach an elite level of football athleticism...(crank your volume up for this one).

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