International Football Academy Tips: Preparing For British Football


Football AcademyDo you want to attend an international football academy in England? Well, be ready:  you may find yourself in over your head. The English game is very fast and physical as compared to American and European soccer. If you aren’t in peak physical condition, you might not be able to keep up.

However, with proper preparation, you can be head and shoulders above the rest of the players who haven’t taken the time to get ready for the trials they’ll face. Here are a few tips to get you ready for playing English football!

Tip #1: Work on your upper body strength.

British players are much physically stronger than North Americans, and we’ve seen many players struggle to keep up. At some international football academies, the first few weeks are spent doing a lot of fitness training on the track and in the gym, building core stability and conditioning.

Start working on your abdominal and your upper body strength now. Core stability is important for any athlete, and a strong upper body will help you fend off other players. The game in the U.K. can be very fast and furious, so you have to be strong, first.

We’ve seen many football players fail in England because they haven’t got the strength they need to compete there. If you’ve already started building your upper body strength before beginning a football program in the UK, then you won’t be one of them!

Tip #2: Increase your speed and endurance.

As we mentioned earlier, English football matches are both faster and more physical than soccer games elsewhere in the football-playing world. In addition to building your strength, you should also be working on your speed, agility, and endurance.

If you can, train with hurdles, poles, and ladders, in addition to doing sprints and endurance running. The more you practice your physical fitness beforehand, the more ready you’ll be for the fitness program you’ll undergo at a UK-based international football academy.

Tip #3: Regulate your sleep schedule.

One of the major adjustments we see players having to make is adapting to the rigid schedule of an international football academy. When you’re doing a 9-5 program that includes academic and physical discipline through the day, it’s important to get into the routine.

Before you ever set foot on the plane, start getting your body used to the schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. That way, your body won’t have to go through the same period of adjustment when you’re trying to get used to all the other things that come with attending an international football academy.

Bonus Tip: Here’s what English coaches are looking for.

There are four things that most English coaches ask us about when it comes to players: attitude, athleticism, ability with the football, and commitment. They’re looking for players who aren’t just talented, but who have the right attitude and discipline to make it with a football club.

Players who are consistently late to practice, who do poorly in their academics, and who have disciplinary problems aren’t going to be picked for professional trials, no matter how talented they are. You have to bring more to the table than just talent.

Follow these tips, and you’ll excel not just in English international football academies, but in any international football academy you wish to attend.

Author: Joey Bilotta

Is Men’s Fashion Influenced By Football Stars?


With the commercial appeal of football dominating, if not leading the football game in many ways (the industry in general is dominated by summer tours of countries with lucrative commercial Audiences, player endorsements and corporate sponsorships), football tends to buck most commercial trends. It is no small coincidence that over 60% of Premier League Teams are now foreign-owned by successful wealthy foreign owner who will tell you what you already know – that the game’s global commercial appeal is unquestionable. But how much influence do player yield off the field?

With the game having so much commercial involvement, the players have also enjoyed rocketing salaries, thanks to image rights whenever clubs use their photo or name, commercial endorsements with private sponsors and, the customary media attention that has come with it. With that comes the consumerism that is intrinsic to the proliferation of fashion websites, magazines and the attention surrounding football stars and their lifestyles – including, of course, what they are wearing.

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How much then, if at all, do football stars influence men’s fashion? In the case of the most famous of all sport-related clothes horses, David Beckham, whose footballing success has been at the very least, matched by commercial appeal – quite a lot. Beckham has it seems been one of the few footballers to truly influence fashion in general – let alone men’s fashion.

From his Mohawk in 2002, adopted by millions around the world, to being the first men’s sports star to adorn the cover of leading women’s magazine, Marie Claire – how much of this is down to sporting prowess? How much is down to “just being a footballer?” There are dozens, if not hundreds of famous footballers, after all. Can you honestly say that many of those influence fashion as easily?

However, in general, for footballers with considerably less ability and commercial appeal than the David Beckhams and the Cristiano Ronaldos of this world, their influence on fashion isn’t very clear. Ergo, since not every footballer has the appeal as David Beckham, it can’t surely be said that all footballers in general have a positive influence on men fashion.

 

Author: Shannon Holland

Spanish Football Academies: Preparing for International Football Training


Spanish football academies have a very unique style of training that focuses on technical skills & speed and not sheer strength and endurance.

For smaller football players who have a lot of speed, a Spanish international football academy might be perfect for you. Here’s what to expect from Spanish football training.

Football academy training: speed vs. Strength

For football academies in Spain, precision and speed are a lot more important than power. For technical players whose greatest strengths are their speed and ball control, not their size, Spain football academies are the perfect place to hone their skills.

Unlike British football, which demands a strong upper body and a larger size because it’s so physical, Spanish football is all about speed and precision. (Take a look at the Spanish national team. Many of the players are small, around 74 and 77 kg.)

Spanish football academy focus: team tactics

Training in Spain is very team-oriented and tactical. It’s important for players to be aware of their surroundings and know where teammates are on the field. The Spanish football style focuses more on short, precise passes to your teammates and not long hopeful passes into space down the field.

Being able to control the ball, and pass fast is crucial in Spain. If you don’t have good control and can’t pass well, the opposition will be on top of you every time, and you won’t be able to adapt well.

Spanish football academy focus: technical excellence

Spanish football has a very technical focus: being able to control the ball perfectly, pass perfectly, and to shoot as well as possible. Spanish football academies focus on good control of the ball, and using both feet equally well.

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Movements have to be quick, and players have to learn how to move the ball fast. In Spanish football, the ball is your friend. Players learn how to take care of the way that they strike the ball!

The most important thing: love of the game

For players considering a Spanish international football academy, one thing is most important: a love of the game. According to Nacho Mallo,  players with a passion for football are the ones who are going to improve the most.

“All that passion they have, they’ll find a way to express it here,” Mallo said. “We care about all the technical things, so it’s a good place for anyone who’s a more technical player. They will enjoy Spanish football.”

Are you a player who’s all about speed and precision? Then training at a Spanish international football academy could be just right for you.

 

Author: Joey Bilotta

 

 

It’s all in the number


When it comes to football, shirt numbers give away a player’s stature and importance in the team. Everything is determined by the number, even mindset and performance! After all, there’s a legacy, an inheritance attached to shirt numbers that cannot be denied. This tradition is so deeply etched in every football fan and player’s mind that wearing a number associated with past legends comes with its own set of expectations.

Football shirt numbers were once closely associated with the place one played. To the extent that positions were actually referred to by shirt number! This meant that a player’s number changed with each match, depending on which position was assigned to him on that particular day. The numbers 1 and 12 were usually kept for goalkeepers, 5 for a center midfielder, 9 for a striker, 11 for a left winger and number 10 for an attacking midfielder.
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Things changed during the 1954 World Cup when FIFA laid down the rule that teams had to use a numbering system. A specific shirt number was to be given to each player for the entire tournament but  that was then and this is now…

With the numbering system of 1 to 11 relegated to the past, on the world stage, teams usually stick to the numbers 1 to 23, though a few exceptions. At the club level, any number from 1 to 99 can be worn. So, you have random numbers at play – numbers that players consider lucky or their favorite player’s numbers worn as a mark of respect.

Players now lay claim to certain numbers and jealously guard them. Only players that seem worthy of continuing a legacy are allocated the much coveted numbers 7, 9 and 10. They have history to back them up and have become synonymous with football legends. But the biggest honor goes to the number 10, given to the most creative play maker on the field that scores the maximum goals. The number 10 football  jersey has graced the shoulders of Pele, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Zico, Lothar Matth¤us, Gary Lineker, Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Owen, Juan Román Riquelme, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Van der Vaart, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Lionel Messi.

Bobby Charlton, Ian Rush, Fornando Torres and Alan Shearer are famous number 9’s. More recently, the lethal Brazilian forward Ronaldo did full justice to the number 9. Iconic number 7’s are David Villa, Raul Gonzalez, Franck Ribery, Luis Figo, George Best, Eric Cantona, Juanito, Amaro, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Andriy Schevchenk.

Then, of course, you’ve got certain players who adopted their own unique numbers and made them their trademark. The legend Johan Cruyff took a liking to number 14 and wore it instead of the number 1 that should have been assigned to him. David Beckham chose 23 and made it the most sought out for number on the field! Recently, Ronaldinho selected number 80 based on the year of his birth.

There’s no doubt that generations to come will associate these numbers with football greats. They’ll be worn with a sense of pride, driving each player to deliver an inspired performance that does the number on his back proud.

Components of a Successful Defender in Football Training


When participating in football training, it is important to know the key components of being a successful defender. The main element of defending consists of ensuring that the opposing team does not have possession of the ball. Some defending moves all your team to gain possession of the ball, where other defending moves allow you to simply make sure that the opposing team does not have possession of the football. Below are some key components of a successful defender in football training:

The first part of successful defending in football training is the fact that you must keep a strong focus on the football throughout the game. By knowing where the ball is and what techniques to use to get the ball away from the opposing team, you can scan for opportunities to defend. This is done by considering the place of the ball, and deciding what strategy that the opposing team is using. It is important to quickly find this strategy and come up with a method that places you ahead of the moves of the opposite team.

 
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The second part of a successful defender in football training is to make sure that you are familiar with various skills and techniques. The more that you know, the better you will be at defending. It is essential to learn different dribbling and passing techniques. The main goal in defending is to keep the ball out of the control of the opposite team. Once you have ensured that the other team does not have possession of the ball any longer, you can start developing a strategic plan to keep up control of the football and score your next goal.

When defending, it is important to know many different techniques. You should make sure that you are mentally and physically capable of performing these techniques. Playing football is a physically challenging sport, and it remains true even during training. It is important to support a healthy lifestyle throughout training to be certain that you are up to the task. You will want to make sure that you are eating healthy and drinking plenty of water each day. This is a necessary part of making the most of your training and being on top of your game when it comes to defending.

In order to be a successful defender it is important that you do many drills. These drills can be as a person or as part of a group. A fine mixture of both kinds of drills is ideal. This will help train your body to successfully carry out many motions. These drills will help you to carry out numerous tactical maneuvers with ease. Once you are familiar with the tactical application of many drills and defending techniques, your football training will improve.

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There are many things that you can do to be a successful defender. It is important to make sure that you are mixing a healthy lifestyle with other key components to maximize your potential for success.