If you want to make it in Football (or pretty much any sporting environment) you need to be prepared to face rejection.

There are numerous examples of football players being released from one or two clubs before they finally find a club, or coach that believes in them. Maybe it’s because you don’t fit into their style of play, maybe it’s because you haven’t fully developed yet or maybe it’s just because you need some more time on the training ground practicing. Whatever the reason for your rejection the important thing is how you respond to that rejection.

Instead of just giving up and walking away from the game at your first stumbling block, try to find a lesson and learn from why you have been rejected by the football club. Ask your football coach why you haven’t been picked, or what area of your game they recommend you improve on.

Failure is part of the process and part of the football journey, so prepare yourself to hear 100 “no’s” before you hear just one maybe. It’s going to be a real test of your determination, but if you really want to succeed in football you need to be ready and able to take the knock-backs.

It’s important to understand that football offers up many different opinions and ideas, what one coach see’s another one doesn’t . It’s also important to recognise that sometimes a certain player just doesn’t fit into that team/coaches style of play. 

Keep at it, improve, learn and keep on believing in yourself because at the end of the day, if you’re not believing in yourself who is going to do it for you?

It’s all about the continued pursuit of opportunities, the more opportunities and chance you have, the greater your chance of building a successful, fun and challenging career. 

WHAT NEXT…. So now you have given some thought to dealing with rejection, now it’s time to improve your chances of getting scouting for a professional or semi professional team. Become a Player Database member for FREE and let us help you find opportunities to progress, enhance and develop your football career.


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