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I am a good football player. I am very much passionate about it too, but my age is 20. Is it too late to get admitted into a football academy and go further in footballing as a career?

I am a good football player. I am very much passionate about it too, but my age is 20. Is it too late to get admitted into a football academy and go further in footballing as a career?I am a good football player. I am very much passionate about it too, but my age is 20. Is it too late to get admitted into a football academy and go further in footballing as a career?2021-06-23 11:38:02Mr_幸

Yes. It's too late to get into an academy at 20. I first joined a proper academy when I was 9, and that was considered relatively old. They decided whether to keep you on at 16, and many who were offered contracts were playing for the U23's or even the first team by the age of 18. As far as I know no-one was admitted to the academy over the age of 12 (at least people who hadn't played in an academy before).

Even if you did somehow get into an academy (hypothetically because you'd have to be Messi to get in at your age) you would likely struggle to compete. I played in the academy of Brighton and Hove Albion, who were in either League 1 or the Championship at the time I was there (this is only just over a year ago), so even though we were actually in a high division at U16 level obviously we were nowhere near the standard of a club such as Chelsea, who I did play a couple of times and got absolutely annihilated. So you'd think at 20 you could play well enough to get picked ahead of some second-rate sixteen year olds, right? Well you'd be wrong. The standard was extremely high. You had to put in everything you possibly could and still you probably wouldn't be good enough because of the amount of competition. At 16, when I was released, I was 6ft 5, strong and difficult to dispossess, made a lot of interceptions, was told I was very good at reading the game, and was an alright passer of the ball. My only real weaknesses were that I wasn't very fast compared to the other there (although I wasn't one of the slowest) and I was a bit mistake prone (although not the most mistake prone. Not even close). I also had added bonuses that I could play holding midfield, deep-lying playmaker, centre half, right back, or target man, and (possibly my biggest strength) I looked a lot like the original N'Something guy: Steven N'Zonzi.

^^Genuine picture of me in training ^^

Anyway, I was pretty good. I could play against fit adults and dominate them. I could do more keepie-ups than I could even count. Everyone told me I was super talented.

But at the end of the season when they decided whether to keep you on I was pretty much certain I was getting released. Why? Because there were simply kids better than me. They can only take so many and of my age there were 7 people who were all very talented fighting realistically to be one of the 3 or so holding midfielders (my main position) who they kept on.

What I'm trying to say is, you may think you are very good but there are people much younger than you who have trained for a long time to get to be able to play at a very high standard, and are most likely better than you by quite some way, but are still not given an opportunity. Sure, you can join an amateur league, play well in that league, get signed by a club in a higher league, play well in that league, maybe get signed again, and before you know it you're Jamie Vardy winning the Premier League (although Vardy played in an academy). But the lower leagues are not populated with amateurs who decided to start playing football because they had nothing else to do on the weekends. They are full of people like me (including me) who were released from top level academies in decisions that probably came down to very small margins because there wasn't enough space. Most of them would probably be capable of playing at a higher level but aren't, either because no-one is willing to take a chance on them or because again there is simply not enough space. These people are all very talented footballers, and are likely more passionate than you because they nearly made it, and know what it takes.

That being said, although it's unlikely you will be playing top flight football any time soon, if you really are good it would be worth playing for an amateur team and trying to make it to the highest level you possibly can. And you never know, you could be the exception. You will have to be very dedicated and play the best you possibly can but it's not totally impossible. Even if you don't, I wouldn't be too upset. There are millions of people who dream of being proffesional footballers and only a small minority ever make it.

I wish you the best of luck.

Is there any chance for me to become a pro football player as I am already 18 and never had been in a football club and academy?

Is there any chance for me to become a pro football player as I am already 18 and never had been in a football club and academy?2021-06-19 09:45:32Mr_邱

First of all, it doesn't really matter if you've never been to an academy and are already 18. You can join your college football team and set a name for yourself through tournaments.

If your college does encourage sports activities, you have a good chance of playing at a big stage. Once you start, you have to keep working hard in order to get recognition and draw attention of selectors or big names in your city or country.

You can always join an academy as well. Sometimes academies promote their players and often help the get to a big stage. As already mentioned above once you get their you'll have to work your ass off. After that you are on your own.

Good luck!

I am 16 female is it too late for me to start training in badminton and become a pro badminton player?

I am 16 female is it too late for me to start training in badminton and become a pro badminton player?2021-06-20 03:02:06Mr_蒋

My mother was in her forties when I started playing badminton and I was eight .Later on I picked up the game well and became the State level champion within one year .Now as time passed competition grew strong and so did my training. Now the problem was ,you cannot afford to miss school , so the morning training started at 5 in the morning with a professional trainer and the training ground was 20 km away from my house and it took 40–50 minutes to reach there and then I had to reach school on time .My father never supported my passion for badminton although he used to pay for all the expenses he has never seen me playing (Its been eleven years since I started playing and I have even won medals at national level).

So, this is when my mother stepped up .She had never touched the steering wheel in her whole life and then she learned how to drive a car .Most of the people who we know were there just to state all the reasons why she can’t drive at this age and how she was meant to stay at home and look after the household . She had had a knee surgery before that and had severe knee pain .

It was the sheer will and passion for my passion for badminton that she overcome all the obstacles and helped me play further. And I can never repay for this by any means .

Finally the point is , it all comes back to you . Its never too late to start but you'll have to work hard and have faith in yourself which is the most important thing .

Didier Drogba , the legendry African footballer started at the age 15 and later on became the highest scorer for his country ,Ivory Coast . And has won African footballer of the year twice.

I am 40 and I want to go back school to obtain my degree, am I too late?

I am 40 and I want to go back school to obtain my degree, am I too late?2021-07-03 23:54:29Mr_鲁

My mother started college at the age of 42. It took her 8 years to get her bachelor of arts degree. At the age of 50 she began law school, and was graduated at the age of 53. She is 83 years old now and still practicing law. My wife at the age of 52 began her studies to obtain a Master of Social Worker [MSW] degree which she just completed.

I have taught college and law school. It is well know in academia that students over the age of 30 do very well in school. Students over 30 are very serious, and they do not undertake school lightly. Regardless of what you do, in 2, 4 years from now you will be 2 or 4 years older.

You are never too old to learn. I have had students in their 60’s and 70’s in my classes as students.

I am almost 33, is it too late to go back to school for a masters?

I am almost 33, is it too late to go back to school for a masters?2021-07-25 09:36:48Mr_冉

No. No. No. I can only speak from experience of being on hiring panels in my industry, but I've never seen employers bat an eyelid about someone being 30+ going for junior roles. 40+ and 50+ is different (although my boss would deny it).

The only issue with doing this in your 30s as opposed to 20s is if you have commitments like mortgages, family etc. There's many solutions to this including doing it part time, selling off mortgages and loans, living at home with parents etc etc but remember you're dealing with family, not rationally minded people, whether it be that they have a need to belittle your plans, just to be troublemakers or just won't let you leave your current situation. All and well if people are reasonable and respectful, but the point remains that your age isn't much of a factor here, it's planning and support. An issue I also see a lot is where people in their 30s drop their MSc as it is too much on top of a job and they underestimated the impact of doing it full time and/or with family or spouse breathing down their kneck when they should be learning and getting it done properly. And if you do plan to do it full time don't assume in any of your planning that you will get a job quickly after graduating. An MSc is a specialist degree and as such narrows what you can aim for, albeit you might end up with a better job than you have now. It's not a “passport to more pay” or something that looks better than a BA just because of the letters.

Plan it right, respect the challenges if you have commitments and you'll be fine. Age doesn't matter here.

Is there any chance for me to become a pro football player as I am already 18 and never had been in a football club and academy?

Is there any chance for me to become a pro football player as I am already 18 and never had been in a football club and academy?2021-06-19 13:32:43Mr_贲

At 18 it´s possible in USA in a college league. The same is possible in countries where soccer is trying to become more popular. In those countries where soccer is very popular you will be considered too old for they to invest on you.

Am I too late to get into a top university?

Am I too late to get into a top university?2021-07-06 14:24:19Mr_濮阳

Oxford, Cambridge say, "be f*cking amazing in academics. Get all A*s, 100s, 2400s (or anywhere close) in all your exams. ECs? F*ck ECs. We want Academics and academics only. Community Service? IRDGAF, if you climbed Mt. Everest to save the homeless. Did we mention Academics? Have good academics!"

Stanford, Ivy Leagues, MIT say, "Gimme some research work. F*ck academics. Have a good olympiad? Come in for our 4 year course, then. Have the scores, have sports, be frikkin' amazing at some goddamn thing; else, GTFO"

You are not late. Choose one. Focus on it. Get in.

What age is it too late to join a youth academy in football/soccer?

What age is it too late to join a youth academy in football/soccer?2021-06-19 08:24:10Mr_东郭

I don’t think it’s ever too late. If you love playing the game, and have been playing for a while it’s definitely never too late. It might be too late to start though.

Especially if you’re (or your kid) joining a professional academy, it can be difficult to adjust to everything. In an academy you’ll learn so much more than by playing with friends on a neighborhood playground. So it demands more of you.

I remember one of the best players I’ve ever played with, Mounir el Hamdaoui. He was an incredibly talented player who went on to play for big clubs such as Ajax.

He only joined an academy when he was 13. Most of us had been in an academy since 6 or 8 years old (myself incuded), either amateur of professional. But this was no problem for Mounir. Where others seems to already have peaked at only 13 or 14 years old, he got better every week.

He got so good that he ended up joining the first team of Excelsior at only 17, and later was signed by PL squad Tottenham.

I think this example shows that it doesn’t really matter what every one else is doing, or what they did. What matters is your goals, and how much your willing to give up to reach them.

It’s never too late, but now is the time.

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