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May 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Football is one of America’s passions for good reason. Many people enjoy playing the game just for the sheer fun of it, while other strive to be the best player they can be. Ultimately there are people who become professional players. But no matter your reason for playing, here are some tips to help you improve your game.

Conditioning and stamina are very important if you want to be a great football player. Being able to physically make it to the end of a game in top form will make you one of the best players on the field. So, take your conditioning to the next level and increase your workout length.`

If you are going to play football, try boosting your agility. The best football players that are valuable to the team are agile athletes. Try doing what you can to better your agility by doing agility drills. These include doing exercises like running through tires, jumping rope, and jumping over cones.

Try learning some tricks of the trade by watching professionals play the game. Watch film online and then take it to the practice field for 10 minutes a day. Practice it and learn how to perfect this trick so that when you need it, you have it. Don’t overuse tricks because your opponents will learn from you and figure it out.

If you play a defensive position such as a linebacker or defensive lineman, learn to tip the ball away from the receiver. The best way to learn this is by watching film of successful tips and practicing with your teammates. When the ball is thrown, look at its trajectory and run toward where it will land. Then, jump and smack at the ball as it passes above you.

Play with a personal style. You shouldn’t spend the game upstaging your teammates or thinking about just you, but there are moment in a football game where your personality can shine, especially after an awesome tackle or touchdown. Do you have a special fist pump or shuffle dance you want to pull out. Go for it! Get your teammates involved too.

Educate yourself on the game. Learn everything you can about football on and off the field. Look back at the history of the sport, and learn more about the greats. When you understand all the ins and outs of the game, you will become a better player both mentally and physically.

Get used to playing off of your weaker foot. If you’re like many athletes, you’ll favor one foot over another. It’ll tend to be the foot that you pivot on and use for running fakes. If you want to confuse the opponent covering you, surprise them with some moves using your weaker side. It’ll give you some real advantage.

As you can see, there is much to learn about football and how to be a better player. The key to being a great player has as much to do with physical skills as it does with your attitude on and off the field. Use the tips from above to become a better all around player on the field.