This is a question we get a lot nowadays, and I can’t really understand why. It seams like in this modern world where everyone has to be so specialized in something that you cannot start a new activity if you’re no longer a teenager. Soccer, as any sport for that matter, can be played at any age for the first time, it will just take practice to keep getting better.
Sure, you’ll probably not turn out to be a professional, but you can definitely find a new passion and, if you invest enough hours, then you are likely to become a really good player. I want to be clear about this, you can start whenever you want!
However, there are a few things you need to know beforehand. It’s obvious if you start any activity at an early age and do it for while, you’re going to be better at it and perform much more naturally. That’s just the way it is and we all know that. This is particularly true for sports. There’s a reason why NO professional soccer player started playing as an adult.
But you don’t need to be a pro, no one does! Personally I’ve been playing soccer since I can remember, I’ve always had a ball around, but that’s because my family also likes the sport and because from an early age I’ve enjoyed it. I’m no expert, nonetheless. Not even close. But that doesn’t keep me from having great deals of fun everytime I can take part in a match or even enter a few competitions with friends.
I’m just trying to tell you to be realistic about your expectations. You will be really bad at first, and you’ll go through a steep learning curve before you can feel a little more confident about your abilities. A good idea if you are in this position is to find people at your same spot and practice together. That way you can all go at the same pace and you won’t be frustrated by those skillful players going all around you.
Soccer schools are great for that matter. There you will find groups separated according to age, stages of learning, etc. Moreover, one of the most advantageous parts of going to a school like these is the opportunity to train with coaches with experience in teaching. You will never learn faster than you can when you train with a good coach. Yeah, I know. How could you spot a good coach if you’ve never met one before? That’s something we’ll go over in future posts, so don’t feel descouraged. Just take that leap and start NOW!