Many people dream of being a big soccer star, taking to the pitch and scoring that winning goal for their team. Others dream of instead owning a soccer team and managing them to victory.
Games like Football Manager and Soccer evolution Pro allow you to fulfill this fantasy and prove just how many people dream of owning their own team.
But is it really an unachievable dream? Or is it actually a possibility that anyone could potentially achieve with enough hard work, money, and determination? We are going to walk you through how you can buy and then successfully manage your own soccer club.
You might be thinking that buying a soccer team is not within your budget. But that only applies to the big-name teams. But those aren’t the only teams out there. Your best bet is to look at the more local level. A lot of cities have multiple smaller soccer leagues all with their own teams and tournaments.
So you will most likely want to start looking here. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to afford a major league team straight out.
Purchasing a team isn’t as difficult as you might think. You need only get in contact with the club and discuss it with their current owners. Some clubs might not be looking to sell, but most smaller clubs will be for the right price.
You will need some start-up capital for all this. Enough to make the purchase and then some to invest back into your team.
So you’ve purchased your own soccer team. You are living the dream. But now comes the difficult part of actually managing the team. So where do you start?
The first thing to look at is the facilities and equipment your team has. Where are they operating out of? If it is a dingy little locker room with a drab, broken pitch; you might want to consider investing some money into refurbishing the premises.
Your priority should be the pitch since that is where they will do their training and play their matches. But a nice locker-room always boosts morale. You don’t want your team to change in a drab and cold area. It will ruin their spirits.
Everyone knows soccer cleats smell bad after prolonged use. And team shirts slowly become worn and ragged. So nothing is better than bringing your new team a fresh kit. It will boost morale and let you show your team pride.
Once all the logistics have been taken care of, it’s time to get your team in winning shape. And that is done through training. And this isn’t going to be casual weekend training like a friendly league. Now you are running a full-time soccer team you will be running them multiple times a week.
The training will consist of a lot of physical activities. They will have scheduled days to spend at the gym making sure they are keeping themselves in peak physical condition. This will be paired with friendly training games on the pitch where they will hone their soccer skills and practice different tactics.
Another part of their training you do not want to neglect is the theoretical side of things. You will want to spend days in the locker room or in a classroom going through different game plans, studying their opposing teams’ tactics, and watching through past tapes to see where they have gone wrong and how they can improve.
Believe In the Team
The most important aspect of establishing a winning team is having faith in the team. You need to be backing them in everything they do and making sure they are playing at the top of their game.
Nothing is stronger than positive reinforcement and a great pre-game pep talk. Make sure your team knows they have your full support and backing, no matter the outcome of the game.
Owning and running a soccer team is a difficult endeavor. And is not for those easily distracted or quick to give up. But if you stick with it and lead your team to victory, you will be instilled with the ultimate sense of fulfillment.