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How to become a better football player (part 3)

5. Spatial awareness

Note that intelligent players are, all the time, aware of the place their teammates are as well as the place they should be in line with the other team’s positioning. There should be two reasons why they need to know the position of their teammates. First, doing so tells them the place they should be when they are not there. Second, by so doing, they can anticipate the position of their teammates and make a fast, automatic pass barely with looking. Scouts indeed tend to look for such a sixth sense from a footballer.


Also, intelligent players can be aware of the game’s geometry. They know inside and out how to position themselves as well as others for making wide angles and simple passing opportunities for themselves when they are on offense, aside from narrow angles and hard passing opportunities for their rivals while on defense.

Overall, spatial awareness is considered a complicated skill that encompasses a lot of other skills vital to attaining success in football. Spatial awareness is indeed also related to tactical knowledge – the next intelligence skill.

Your pro tip:

One way to better your spatial awareness is watching plenty of beautiful football – meaning you should focus on more than the ball. Watch all the players’ position on the field and try and anticipate their positioning and passes. The tip is watching some older recorded games. While watching, you should pause the game often as well as concentrating on the positioning of players. Also, save the current matches to enjoy with your buddies.

6. Your tactical knowledge

It refers to the understanding of a player of the game’s nature and structure. A team’s formation profoundly influences their tactics to win. The formations of soccer have been changing considerably over the years. You should know the different kinds of them.