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How to become a better football player (part 5)

7. Your risk assessment

By risk, we mean the fact that some bold decisions may result in the possession loss (or failure to gain the possession again in the case of handling or diving on defense). As one team loses possession, all the team members have to expend additional energy until they can regain control. The bold decisions may result in over-expenditure of energy as well as the inability to perform much for the match’s full 90 minutes. On the other hand, one complete lack of the bold decision for conserving energy and maintaining possession can prevent your team from scoring goals and end up leading to a loss.

Smart players, therefore, assess their decision’s risk and reward constantly on the pitch. Should you make the genuinely long cross in the box as well as hoping that someone will touch it in the net yet risk losing possession? Should you maintain possession as well as passing around the box’s top until one of the players has one open shot on goal?

Tactical knowledge, spatial awareness, and risk assessment are the complex skills which result in smart, quick decisions, and, eventually, game intelligence.

The pro tip:

Developing game intelligence asks for an excessive quantity of match play as well as an even greater quantity of reflection. The smartest players will reflect on their mistakes as well as determining what they could do differently to enhance their performance.

Your physical fitness

It is another crucial element to attaining success in football; one football match lasts for up to 90 – 95 minutes and comes with a few subs. Reportedly, midfielders run more than 11 kilometers each game on average. Wingers play with “high-intensity” runs (150 sprints or so of about 70% of their full speed each game). center-backs and goalkeepers run the least.