One of the biggest assets a manager looks for in a player is experience. Today we look at the importance of game time and player experience with football expert Scott Michaels from Football People Group.
Experience matters in every aspect of our lives. When applying for a job, you have better chances to get hired if you have worked in that sphere before. When students are looking for writing services, it is likely they will choose the company they have cooperated with before. But experience is not the main topic of this article.
Why is game time important?
As young footballers turn professional the game becomes harder to survive. Whilst some players will struggle and never make it, the best players have game time and game experience under their belts. In a nutshell, game time gives players the stats and experience necessary to progress to the next level.
How can different clubs affect a players game time?
Players need to be careful about the way different clubs operate. With bigger clubs, there’s more quality in competition so there’s generally less game time to go around, however if players make an impression in the small window they have to prove themselves, things can develop rapidly. But as it stands, the success rate for footballers in this scenario is on the decrease. If the player isn’t successful it means they move on with less experience or stats than players who have been playing frequently at clubs.
I am exceptionally weary of players slimming their chances of success even more, by trying their luck with dream moves to bigger clubs in the beginning. The stats are not kind when it comes to the number of players that succeed going down this path.
It’s a fact that every year clubs in the professional leagues reject hundreds of players. Lots of those players have played for some of the world’s biggest clubs. Some of which even find themselves out of the professional game.
Can football agents do more to increase their players game time?
Definitely, agent’s can advise players on the threats and opportunities clubs can present. By prioritising game time, agents can give players the best chances of survival in the long term by being proactive, helping to create player profile, producing stats and promoting their experience level. Scott Michaels
What can players do themselves to increase their own game time?
Players can increase their chances of getting more game time on their own by improving themselves, by concentrating on their physicality, their tactical positioning and discipline as professionals. Players also need to prepare themselves mentally and consistency is key as being a professional footballer is a journey of both highs and lows. Understanding and learning good habits from other experience players is also good practice. Scott Michaels
It is the fine margins that matter in the end. So whether that’s improving their shape in the gym, improving conditioning, tactical training which give them the competitive edge, this will improve a players chances of getting more game time but making it as a footballer has to be an obsession and huge sacrifices need to be made to reach potential,