Football in the UK is different from other countries in the world. Just because you’re good at the sport in your home country doesn’t mean you’ll be good in Britain too. There are different requirements here. So, if you’re thinking of playing football professionally in the UK there are a few things you will need to keep in mind:
Upper body strength
There’s no denying the fact that British players are way stronger than players from other countries. Many struggle to keep up. There are some international academies which focus on fitness and strength for months in order to prepare players for British football, but it still isn’t enough. You will need to put special focus on your abdominal and upper body strength. Core stability is most important here. Many football players fail in England simply because they don’t have enough strength to keep up.
Speed and endurance
English football matches are more physical and faster than football matches elsewhere. Apart from strength building, you will also have to work on your endurance, agility, and speed. If you are good at training with poles, ladders, and hurdles with endurance and sprints you should be fine. But, if you struggle with such training, you’ll need to work harder.
Adapting to the football schedule in Britain is going to be very difficult at first. When you’re in a 9-5 training schedule, getting into a routine is very important. Before you even start making your way to England, start getting your body in the schedule. Start sleeping at one time and waking up at one time every day. This way you won’t have to go through this adjustment when you’re in Britain.
All you have to do is follow these tips and you’ll be off to a good start in Great Britain.