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The best player on the team is captain, right?

Being a leader isn’t something that happens over night.  You can’t show up to practice one day and decide you’re going to be a leader.  That being said, however, there has to be a concious decision, on your part, that you intend to put the work in to be a leader.  A common misconception is that if you’re the best player on the team, you’re the captain.  Wrong! 
The leader is someone who can hold people accountable for their actions, but not allow them to fail.  A leader is someone who understands the weak/strong points of the team and works off of them.  A leader is someone who’s focus is on becoming a better team, not necessarily winning all the time — winning will come if the pieces are in place. 
Don’t get sucked into the vacuum of thinking that you need a captain’s arm-band around your arm to be considered a leader.  Make a concrete effort to make the players around you better; the coach and players will begin to notice this and view you as a leader.

Ivan Bobanovic

By Ivan Bobanovic

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4 replies on “The best player on the team is captain, right?”

Being a captain is a decision. Are you prepared to take responsibility for not only your actions, but the teams actions? Are you ready to lead by example? Are you ready to be the difference in a game. It’s easy to write out and explain what a captain should look like, but actually walking the talk is a completely different story. Have you made the decision?

No way I am not ready for being a captain. I have enough responsibility of providing best I can for the team. I cannot take responsibility for others because I will crack under pressure.

One of the most underrated and underappreciated skills that you can acquire in soccer is experience. I remember when I was in my younger years (18-19), I thought that no one could tell me anything about soccer anymore. I would hear the words “he is more experienced than you” and would think to myself: that means nothing. Now that I am 25, I look back and shake my head because I understand that experience not only helps you become a better player, but a better leader.
Wasil, don’t think that you have to be a leader from day 1. Leadership is something you can acquire and something that will come with time – if you want it to. Deciding not to be a leader is a good choice if you accept that you are not the type of player to lead a team. There is nothing worst than a player who thinks that he should be leading the team, but isn’t a leader whatsoever.
If you feel that you can help the team more by contributing in a role on the field that isn’t that of a leader, then you will do yourself and the team more good than harm.

What do you think?