If you love playing soccer and you’re good at it, it would be a dream come true if you could play soccer professionally. There’s nothing greater than waking up every morning to do what you love and actually getting paid for it. If you’re still in school, you have every chance and opportunity to pursue a dream career playing the world’s most popular sport.

Here are a few steps on how to be a professional soccer player:

Start Playing Early

If you have a kid who wants to play professional soccer someday, enroll him in soccer classes as early as kindergarten. Kids aged four can already play the sport with other kids his age. Train in local clubs, join varsity teams in school, learn as much of the game as possible and acquire all the skills necessary.

Work Hard and Excel

Train harder than most of your teammates, develop an asset like dribbling or shooting abilities. Stand out and be the reason for your team’s success.

Participate in Tournaments

If your school doesn’t have a soccer program, join local clubs. Showcase your talents by joining local and national competitions. The more games and locations you play in, the more chances for you to get noticed.

Apply for College Scholarships

A lot of professional soccer players in the US played for their college teams and got scouted. This is how soccer players progress from being a college player to being a professional for the MLS–or Major League Soccer. If you do not follow this path, you can also try out for the national youth teams like the Under 17 and Under 20 teams where they represent the US in international competitions. Scouts also take a look at players from these teams.

In a lot of South American and European clubs, many young players get scouted or train under the youth programs of professional clubs, where they progress to the senior’s team after several years.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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