By Giani Boldeanu
How to know if your child has the skills and qualities to become a professional player? First, you have to observe if your child number one interest is football. Discuss with your child very often to find out what he likes to do if she or he enjoys playing, training and learning about football.
Do they play football in their free time with their friends or on their own?
Are they eager to win when they are playing with their team?
Are they bored with the drills and techniques performed at the recreational teams?
Do they play better than their teammates?
Do you want them to become professional football, players?
Do you have the time and money to support them?
Do they like to watch football?
If the answers to all these questions are positive that means your child is ready for competitive football.
Younger kids can develop and perform the basic football skills very quick and easy without too much effort and training, this can give you the idea that your child has the skills to become a professional player.
If your child wants to become a professional football player and she/he shows a lot of interest in this sport. The clubs are scouting for players now from 5 years old. At this age is very difficult or impossible to say that you can spot a future professional player. Even at 12 /13 years old is still difficult to predict.The pathway to the professional football is long and difficult as you will find out later.
To support your child in becoming a professional player is not easy. You have to be their motivator. The pathway to success is not easy and you have to help them to be motivated and offer them a positive environment. You have to start to learn about the football game and its industry. You should attend the training sessions and games. Watch and learn everything in order to be able to understand the coaches and referees decisions and everything that is going in your child football life. By learning as much as it possible you can talk with your child after the games and training sessions about coaches’ feedback and referees decisions, you can share opinions about the games. Learning about the football game will allow you to assess your child's progress also will give a boost of confidence by understanding what is going on.
You have to support and share their goal of becoming a professional football player. Your child football career should be your number one priority and you should offer them unconditional support. Their desire to succeed should be your desire also.