The Physical Development Of A Footballer
Updated: Oct 20
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 resilient...how 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)...it'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.
P.S if you're the parent of a talented footballer aged 12-18 who:
You believe could get selected by a pro club, if only they were stronger, faster, fitter or suffered less injuries.
Has trials coming up and wants to be in the best shape and form possible.
Has been released by a pro club for reasons related to their physicality or fitness.
Is currently at a pro club, but underperforming and at risk of being released.
Is currently at a pro club and playing well, but looking to gain an edge.
Then check out the details of our Youth Elite Programme here.
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).