Football clubs do their best to organize trials which allow them to scout the best talent around. However, there are some negative aspects of football trials that are simply beyond the clubs’ control. It’s important that both parents and players are aware of these flaws before attending a football trial so that they’re not overly disappointed and discouraged at the outcome.
Few possibilities to stand out among so many players
Football is the world’s most popular sport and many children want to grow up to be like their idols on the pitch. The idea that one can play football as a job excites many young children. Young soccer players from all around the world attend these football trials in the hopes that they’ll be recruited by professional clubs.
It’s important to understand and remember that only one to two percent of all these players is recuited. Many players (and parents) attend these trials thinking that they’ll be recruited by professional clubs. When they’re not, they're devasted, and they’re dreams are shattered. Out of 8,000 young soccer players, will they be in the top 80? If they’re not, should they be devasted that they’re not good enough?
Handling failure, handling pressure
Many children of all ages attend football trials thinking that they’ll be recruited or at least that they have a good chance. But these children have fragile egos, and their dreams are shattered easily. Many children leave trials devastated.
Additionally, young players experience immense pressure before and during the trials, terrified of making a mistake in front of the coaches. This pressure often hurts their performance, and many players are extremely hard on themselves when reflecting upon their performance.
Inaccurate evaluation of players' skills
Football trials only last for a couple of hours and coaches have to evaluate a large quantity of young players during that time. This means that each player really only has a few minutes to impress the coaches and earn a spot on their radar.
Not to mention, the other players at a tryout are extremely competitive as well, and everyone is trying to impress the coaches. This means, a player might hardly receive the ball during match play. Coaches aren’t going to stop the match and demand that players share the ball. Instead, players who don’t receive the ball simply go unnoticed. Meanwhile, they might not receive the ball because they are better than the other players, and the other players know it.
Additionally, it’s extremely difficult to make sure that all players play in their usual positions. Players often have to impress the coaches while playing in an unfamiliar position. Remember, their chances are already quite low at one percent. It’ll be even more difficult to stand out in an unfamiliar position.
At the end of the day, considering the competition, the pressure, the fact that players often play out of position, etc., it’s difficult for coaches at football trials to accurately evaluate the players. If extremely talented players don’t impress the coaches in a matter of minutes, they could easily be overlooked.