Discipline

When playing at an elite level, the player has to be organized to manage his schedule properly. He needs to have dedicated training hours and regular sleep time. Discipline means abiding by all the rules, having a proper diet and listening to the coach’s instructions to improve and grow as a player. A disciplined approach is required not only for play but it becomes a lifestyle which has a positive effect on the player’s performance as well, hence its importance cannot be undermined.

Focus

Staying focused on the game, on self-development and on your mission is crucial. Only the ones who stay focused are the ones who land in the top bracket. It is very easy for young boys to get involved in other activities, become lazy or lose interest. Some players tend to get distracted or they give up when they are not performing well, this is where playing under pressure and their resilience and grit is tested. Those who have a hunger for self-growth and improvement are the ones who excel.

Be a Team Player

Football is played with a team. You are not alone on the field so it is best to be well-connected with other players, your coaches and training staff. Knowing your team players and having a good rapport can help you on and off field. Being aware of one another’s strengths and weaknesses can be an added advantage and help in the game play. You can be one another’s support in tough times and rejoice in good times

Humility

Always be willing to improve and learn. There is no such thing as perfection! Take criticism with a positive and open-mind and listen to all instructions given as they are meant to improve you as a player. A positive attitude is very important because as a player you will go through many ups and downs and you need to handle all the challenges with grace and humility.