To be successful in a tryout you need to show more that tactical and technical qualities, it’s also important to show great behaviour off the pitch.
A player can get into a club via various routes: by the head coach’s knowledge of the player, by being in demand by a club, or simply due to a player’s high level and performance. Whatever the case, the most probable is that the player is given a trial to see if they have what it takes to play in the colours of the club. But what exactly does this football exam consist of, which can play a huge part in a player’s career? How does a tryout work?
“When being picked for a trial at a club it’s all about joining up with the team and training like any other”, Marc Domínguez Martín explains, head of Institutional Relations at Marcet’s High Performance Academy. “The team that invites the players values their technical-tactical side of their game as well as their behaviour off the pitch, with an aim of signing them if they fit into the clubs philosophy”. According to Domínguez, tension is the worst enemy for any player facing a tryout of this kind because “players know they’ve got a great opportunity and it’s normal for them to get nervous”.
Arnold Barahona knows this very clearly, who remembers being “a little uneasy” before one of the most important sessions of his career. The Honduran attacking midfielder will travel to Seville along with three of his teammates to trial for Real Betis Balompié. In the video, the four Marcet players talk to us about their sensations before they leave on their journey and explain how they’ve prepared in order to stand out in front of the coaches at the Andalusian Club: