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Physical Aspect And Personality Traits Of Soccer Players
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Physical Aspect And Personality Traits Of Soccer Players

Physical aspect of the game and players personality traits are extremely important factors in players development. Let's talk about some basic in both categories. Physical Aspects:

Endurance: The ability of a player to commit themselves diligently throughout the game in attack and defense with no sign of fatigue and impaired ball control. That player must constantly be running into open spaces demanding the ball or pulling and committing opposing players to create openings. Even though this is also a tactical commitment, it will only be successful if you have the endurance capabilities to run for 60 to 90 minutes. The coach will be examining your physical exertion as you are being exposed to tactical problems you are trying to solve in the game.

Speed: The ability to accelerate quickly and maintain that acceleration of the various lengths that player’s position demands. As an example, the forwards need acceleration with changes of speed over three to twenty yards. Elements include:

1. Pure straight-ahead running speed.

2. Lateral speed (changing direction).

3. Change of speed (slow to fast, fast to half speed).

4. Deceleration (“stopping on a dime”).

After these basics are attained, speed must be practiced with the ball!

Agility: The ability to change directions quickly. Twisting, turning while dribbling, readjusting your body to control an awkwardly bouncing ball, and getting up quickly after a tackle are a few examples. This area is enhanced by flexibility exercises such as stretching, ball gymnastics, and skill training with the ball. Conditioning training must be combined with skill and tactical training!

Strength: The ability to effectively use your body to win physical confrontations. Strength is exhibited during tackling (1 vs. 1), winning the aerial duel (heading), and changing directions effectively (explosion). It is also important to learn how to effectively use that strength to your advantage as is demonstrated in using your arms to hold a player off while running at top speed with the ball or in shooting for power. Much of your strength and power training can be combined with technique training!

Personality Traits

Each coach loves to identify key players with personalities and qualities that cause them to become team leaders. The following personality traits are the most recognizable:

1. Drive: Pure will power, eager to achieve goals, a burning desire to achieve success, strong self-motivation, commitment, dedication, determination.

2. Aggressiveness: “Go-getter”, strong self-assertions, takes risks, wants to dominate opponents, works hard and ruthless in attack and defense, Danger - bad losers, inclined to retaliation and revenge fouls, loses self-control, general lack of discipline.

3. Determination: Seeks the direct way towards goal, no compromising, doesn’t hesitate when making decisions, willingness, fully concentrated, success oriented.

4. Responsibility: Intelligent, can read the game tactically (anticipation), conscientious, reliable, wants security, cooperative, ready for compromise, stable and skillful player.

5. Leadership: Intelligence, dedication, pride, bears responsibility for the team, influences the environment, anticipation, intuition, independent and spontaneous, convincing and dominating player, hard worker, no surrender, composed, self-controlled, endurable, communicative, respected, trustful

6. Self-Confidence: Secure ball control and determined application of skills and tactics under pressure (both external and self-imposed). Danger - these players tend to underrate opposing players, show a lack of willingness to be coached and can become easily complacent.

7. Mental Toughness: Persistency, consistency, and commitment throughout the game, no surrender, tough self-assertion.


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