Now you may be thinking that coaches are expecting you to be displaying Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi like football skills during the trout. This isn’t the case. Soccer tryouts are different than regular practices or matches.
Think of a tryout as advertising yourself as a player in a short amount of time Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when preparing for a tryout. First off, you do need to prepare. Don’t start preparing for the tryout the day before, make sure you start preparing weeks in advanced. Work on areas of your game that you know need improving. Work on your fitness especially, coaches will pick up on your lack of fitness right away and will most likely not pick players that are out of shape for their team. Now during the actual tryout, be dangerous and direct.
What I mean is, run at players, take shots. Show the coaches that you are a threat. Some of the best players in the world are feared because they are incredibly direct. So if you have an opportunity to take a player on on the wing and whip in a cross, do it. If you are 20 yards out and you have a chance to quickly beat a man and shoot, do it. If you have that killer ball in your sights, do it. Even if you fail in any of these, keep your head held high and keep going. The coaches will notice that you are trying to make things happen instead of laying of the responsibility to another player. I realize for defenders, this information will not apply as well. But for defenders, make sure you are solid. Get involved in the attack during corners and set pieces.
Also be calm, don’t worry. Coaches love defenders that have a cool head and don’t panic in potentially dangerous situations. Next piece of advice is communicate. I can’t tell you how many tryouts I’ve attended and the other players are dead quite. Football coaches hate this. Be a leader, communicate with the other players. I don’t care if you know them or not. The coaches will see that you are being a leader and are trying to organize your team. It’s something that is all to often overlooked. Be confident, even if you aren’t normally, fake it. I always had great sessions or games when I was confident in my ability. Coaches will also pick up on whether you are a confident player or not. Visualize yourself scoring, see yourself playing well and it will happen.
Tell yourself repeatedly ‘I am a great soccer player’. You’ll be surprised how much the mental side of your game will effect the physical side. Ok, last piece of advice should be obvious, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it anyway. Work hard, give 100%. When you walk off that pitch, I want you to have no regrets. If you do that, then you should be proud of yourself, regardless if you make the team or not. And remember, even if you don’t make the team, this isn’t the end. Work harder and make it next time. Ok everyone, I hope this has helped you. If you have anymore questions relating to this topic, ask them in the comments below. Also let me know what other videos you would like to see. Be sure to like this video, share it on facebook, twitter and google + and to subscribe so you’ll know when I release more content. Until next time guys!