Use the off-season to get better

by Philip MacDonald | Last updated

Every off-season should be used to work on your weaknesses. Ask your coach and feelow teammates for feedback as to what areas of your game you need to improve. You may already have an idea which areas they are.

Areas that might you need to improve include your speed to do more weight training. These elements of your overall development take time, therefore, be sure to start them as soon as possible. Other areas of your game that might need improvement include shooting, dribbling, heading and passing.

You can watch film, study the great players of today and the past, improve your soccer IQ and become a smarter player for next season. Others will surely notice the hard work you’ve put-in in the off-season.

Don’t make the mistake of coming back the same player. No matter the age or league you play in, there is no reason why you have to plateau as a soccer player. Whether you are playing in a recreational league or are on scholarship always train and find something in your game to improve. Set new goals for yourself. Perhaps you want to be the team leader in goals and assists or perhaps lead the entire league in these categories.

Constantly improving is one of the key reasons why great players such as Paolo Maldini, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, to name a few, are able to play for so long. Watch highlights below of AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini. This is another reason why the become better players as they age. There is no reason why you can’t do the same.

Watch these highlights of defender Paolo Maldini which include his final season he played at AC Milan at the age of 40.

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