What makes a footballer?
The picture shows the FA 'Four Corner' model. It is an overview of what is needed to be a good all-round footballer and it is actively used as part of the England set-up with the aim of getting the best out of every player.
How do you compare?
Here's a brief description of each corner, with a player challenge for you to consider:
Technical > This is about individual skill and technique. We can all improve. Player challenge ... commit to doing more football practice on your own outside of training and matches.
Physical > This is about your strength, stamina, speed and agility. Size is only one factor and not the most important. Player challenge ... commit to greater movement when not in possession of the ball.
Psychological > This covers individual confidence and character, including how you react when things are not going so well. Player challenge ... commit to learning from mistakes (we all make them) and ask yourself 'what could I do differently next time' to achieve a better outcome.
Social > This is all about teamwork and supporting team mates. It's togetherness as a team and squad. Player challenge ... commit to encouraging your team mates. A simple thumbs-up and smile is a good start.
How to take it further?
There is one specific activity every player should do at the start of the season, repeat mid-way through the season and again at the end of the season:
Please think about each corner of the model and give yourself a score out of 10 for that corner. The higher the better but be realistic, we all have strengths and weaknesses. You can openly discuss your scores or keep them to yourself if you prefer because the exercise is for your benefit, it's up to you how you use it.
Commit to continual improvement and repeat the exercise to see how much you have improved. It goes without saying, but if everyone can improve during the season, by just a little in each corner of the model, your whole team and squad will benefit massively!