What you should look for when you’re watching Soccer on TV

Watching soccer on TV should be fun because it is a time where you get to see the best players in the world on display. No better feeling to see your team beat their rivals, or a big game to win the championship. Whatever it is, soccer is a blast to watch on TV.

Now that you’re a student of the game and want to take your game to the next level, that will require you sometimes to watch soccer from a different perspective.

You now have to watch the game from the lens of a student. The game now is your textbook, and every moment you watch, you’re currently studying individuals, as well as teams formations and different styles of play. Here are the two points you need to focus on when watching soccer:



1. Watch a player in your particular spot

Watching a player in your position is most important when it comes to learning when you watch on TV. It is more beneficial for you to view the player that plays your position than someone who doesn't. I believe this because you want to learn what you can do in certain positions. You want to learn what kind of technique that player posses in that position. You want to learn the runs they make; you want to learn what they do in specific scenarios so when you're in the same situation, you can take everything you've learned and applied it. It still requires you to put in the work off the field. Just by watching you won't be able to do what is on display unless you're showing up early to practice and leaving late. No excuses if you want to be a standout player.

2. Watch what formation the other team plays and guess why.

The reason you need to understand what formations other teams play is that it will help you know what you can do to exploit the other team. All formations have strengths and weaknesses; it's up to you to figure them out. When you watch soccer, you can see the teams that struggle and one of the reasons can be of formation issues. Soccer is a free-flowing game, and there are endless possibilities as to why teams don't have success, but not playing the right formation can hurt be a considerable factor. 
This is an underrated thing to do, but I love watching soccer and taking tips from what I observed and applied it to my game or give insight to my teammates. Soccer is just as much mental as it is physical, so the earlier to commit to becoming a student of the game, the quicker you'll understand how to take your game to the next level.