Being a captain that drives your team to victory is one thing, while being a team player is another. Believe it or not, it is much easier to follow than lead; much easier to take than to give instructions; much easier to point fingers than to take the blame. At the end of the day, it is how well you handle your position as a leader that determines the extent of impact you’re going to make in the lives of your followers, especially in a team game like football.
If you want to be the best captain your club or country will always remember, then you have to go beyond just wearing the armband or deciding who takes the free-kicks. There’s a lot more you can do to consolidate on the efforts of your coaches and improve the fortune of your team. Because whether you agree or not, a better captain always makes a better team. You may not always win games, but you can help make your team more formidable than ever.
Even if you’re not the best player in the team, you can become that captain whose effort is hard to go unnoticed even after drop the baton. Players like Stephen Gérard, Luis Figo, and John Terry, to mention a few, are better remembered as the greatest captains of their time. You too can write your name in the Sands of Time by putting in a little extra effort.
The tips below will teach you how to become a great captain of your soccer team: communication
Focus on being everyone’s man
There’s no better way to influence your team than being an influence yourself. If you want to get people to listen when you speak, than you have to get to know them.
Effective communication is always existing relationship. Chances are that your team members won’t take you very seriously if there don’t know you more as one who wears the captain armband during every game.
Like we said earlier, you don’t have to be the most talented player on the team, but of course, you have to be the most influential. And you can’t become that if you don’t make a conscious effort to know your teammates, especially when you are outside the field of play.
Besides having a team that respects your decisions, knowing your players will also help you know their needs and how to help them reach their full potential. For instance, you will know when they’re having a tough time playing in a certain position, and you can work with the coach to make sure they are where they can make the most impact to the team.
There’s nothing more important when building a strong team than having players who understands themselves. As a captain, you have a big role to play in making sure that happens.
Know your team’s strategy
Although every member of a team is ordinarily expected to know their individual roles on the field of play, as a captain you have to go a little further.
Understanding your role as a defender is one thing, but knowing when another player is not filling their positions as they should is another. This is why it’s very important to go beyond just knowing everyone’s role to understanding the teams’ tactics for every game. This way, you will be able to redirect players who are not playing according to instructions.
Remember, there’s little the coach can do when you’re on the field of play. You now have a greater responsibility to make sure your team gives their best.
Remain positive and composed
Many players easily become frustrated when the game is not going the way they had planned. Some are even quick to write off their teams if they sense their opponent is the better side. Such mentality does not only reduce the teams’ chances of winning but also reduce their quality.
However, as the captain of your team, you can change all that by choosing to always remain positive both on the field of play and outside. Whether you’re facing a team that looks obviously better than your side, don’t allow your teammate to write off their chances of winning. And even when a match is not going to the way you want, you have to remain composed throughout the game.
This is important if you want to build a resilient team that is capable of making “comebacks” into difficult games. Don’t let mistakes take the toll on your team; always encourage your teammates to believe in themselves.
Be a good sportsman
As much as you want to win every game, your opponents must not feel like they are being treated with contempt. And if there’s any such thing, make sure it’s coming from the referee or fans, but not from you or your teammates.
As your team’s’ captain, your players are likely always going to follow your lead. So treat your opponents with respect on the field of play and make sure your players are always quick to obey the referee decisions even if it doesn’t go in your favour. It doesn’t matter whether you are winning or not.
You must make your teammates realize how important it is to be a good sportsman.
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