Football, the sport which everybody knows how to play, can be amazing to watch and even better to play yourself. While you could not do it alone, unless you are practicing shots or tricks or playing against a wall, you could perhaps work on your football skills otherwise.
Video games are here to help with that, but to what extent? Spending a ludicrous amount of time playing video games is not going to help you be better at football, but what about a small amount of time? Here is how video games might help you be better at football.
The Right Perspective – Getting a Read on Things
Football is not a sport which you can play and win on your own. There are 22 players on the field and you must have that in mind. Playing video games will put you in a perspective of seeing things the way the audience does on the broadcast, or rather, whichever camera you choose to use. You can even use third-person cameras which follow the players who have the ball.
In any case, having these different perspectives can give you ideas on how to orient yourself better on the field, how to find teammates better, pass better and in general, play better as a team. Focus on the gameplay and strategy that you have set, the way the players move to execute that strategy. Could some of those moves be used in real life? Most likely.
The Right Moves – Skills Taken from Games
Football games tend to be straightforward, you play a game of football, trying to score a goal over your opponent and win the match. Yet, the way the players move in these video games might be reproduced on the fields, if their techniques are good and if their skills are sharper, which they should be, them being programmed and all.
If you see a good passing or dribbling technique, it might very well be used the next time you step onto a field to test your skills against a real-life opponent.
It Still Takes Real Practice – Practice Over Games
Video games can certainly help a player relax and find their footing to reset their mentality after a loss, or even to remain calm after a win, but the real practice has to be done on the field, in the gym, and wherever the coaches tell you to.
While some ideas can be transferred from games to real life, it is generally better to spend your time practicing or reviewing matches or watching other professionals play.
While computer games can do a lot of things, including help you become a better football player, indirectly at that, they cannot actually turn you into a great footballer. You have to work hard and practice first.