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Player Attributes for your Football CV

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First impressions are the most important, especially in the world of football where competition for positions are incredibly high. You aren't just competing to be the best in the UK anymore. Now, thanks to social media, YouTUBE and the internet, scouting across the globe has become the norm for UK football clubs.

There are a number of stand out player attributes that scouts and academy recruitment staff look for on your football CV that are specific to each position. So think about yourself as a product, decide what you are and what you want to communicate about yourself as a football player.


Using the list below you can look up your football position, and look up the player attributes which describe the worlds top players in that particular position. Scouts are aware of these qualities, so give yourself the best chance possible and tell them what you can do by highlighting your player attributes on your football CV, to show you are an expert in your position.

Try to avoid using any more than 4-5 player attributes on your CV since it will clutter your CV and there will be so much text that your key strengths will not stand out. The ones you pick should represent your strongest skill sets and playing styles to help describe you as a player, to your prospective manager or coach.

Football Positions

Goalkeepers - Key attributes for your Football CV

Long gone are the days when a top goalkeeper was just a shot stopper. Nowadays the trusted number one must be as good with their feet as they are with their hands. The modern day goalkeeper must be aware enough to differentiate between the games state of play, when to find an open player and when to clear the ball long.

Key attributes for Goalkeepers to highlight on their CV:

  • Aerial agility and ability to command the area
  • Communication and organisation of the defence
  • Handling skills
  • First touch and kicking with distance and accuracy
  • Comfortable in one-on-one situations
  • Excellent reflexs and long throw ability
  • Anticipation, decision making and positioning awareness




Full Backs - Key attributes for your Football CV

The modern day fullback must be as adequate in the attacking third as they are in defence. Often providing support to the wide midfielders with over lapping runs, the full back must also possess great crossing abilities. The fullback is one of the fittest and fastest players, with the pace to keep up with attacking moves, whilst marking pacey wingers, when defending.

Key attributes for Fullbacks to highlight on their CV:

  • Greatest speed and acceleration to demonstrate you are not caught out of position
  • High levels of concentration with the ability to anticipate pending attacking threats from opposition and opportunity to support when own team is in attack
  • The ability to deliver direct passes and crosses with accuracy
  • When defending has great tackling and marking ability





Central Defenders - Key attributes for your Football CV

The core responsibility of the central defender is to stop the attacking team from creating chances and clear the ball from the danger area.The modern day centre back must display a degree of composure when defending to maintain possession and instigate counter attacks.

Key attributes for Central Defenders to highlight on their CV:

  • Good vertical jump power and heading ability
  • Strong tackling and marking
  • The composure to pass out of defence when appropriate
  • High concentration and anticipation levels to allow for good decision making
  • A strong understanding of positioning and a high degree of strength and bravery
  • Off the mark acceleration, balance and agility

Defensive Midfielder - Key attributes for your Football CV

The core responsibilities of the defensive midfielder is to cover the creative midfielders when in possession of the ball and close down opponents early, to protect the defence when not in possession. Defensive midfielders will also may also need to dictate the pace of the game, and slow down the ball to allow the defence and attack to re-organise.

Key attributes for Defensive Midfielders to highlight on their CV:

  • High levels of aggression and determination, with a good work rate
  • The composure to slow down the play when needed
  • High concentration levels to allow for good decision making
  • A strong understanding of positioning and a high degree of strength, with good tackling ability
  • Off the mark acceleration, balance and agility are also key in this area
  • Great stamina and acceleration to keep up with play and control the centre of the pitch

Central Midfielder- Key attributes for your Football CV

The core responsibility of the Central Midfielder is to provide a hard working and adaptable link between the defence and attack. The Central Midfielder should possess excellent tactical awareness, allowing him or her to perform a number of essential tasks throughout the centre of the pitch.

Key attributes for a Central Midfielder to highlight on their CV:

  • High levels of aggression and determination, with a good work rate
  • High concentration levels to allow for good decision making
  • Great technique with emphasis on first touch
  • Ability to perform short and long passing accurately
  • Great stamina to ensure they can travel from box to box, for the duration of the match

Also known as the modern day number 10, this player operates just behind the central striker. Dropping into pockets of space between the oppositions defence and midfield, this player is able to quickly turn defence into attack.

Key attributes for an Advanced Playmaker to highlight on their CV:

  • A lot of natural flair, with a great first touch and array of passing
  • Very composed, with the vision to assess any game play situation
  • High degree of technique which allows him to dictate the tempo of the game
  • High concentration levels to allow for good decision making
  • Great technique with emphasis on first touch


Wingers - Key attributes for your Football CV

The winger is usually one of the most technically gifted and pacey players on the team. With the ability to beat his opposite number and pick out the attacking players in dangerous positions. The modern day winger, is confident off both feet, with the ability to cut in and shoot, or go wide around the defender.

Key attributes for Wingers to highlight on their CV:

  • Great top speed and acceleration to get into attacking positions
  • Confident shooting and crossing with both left and right foot
  • Enjoys dribbling with the ball and beating players, with a high degree of technical ability
  • Anticipates when to stay wide or when to support the striker in the opposing box
  • The ability to deliver direct passes and crosses with accuracy


Centre Forwards - Key attributes for your Football CV

The centre forward must possess the ability to defend from the attack, whilst also having the energy to get in the box and remain composed to convert chances of a goal. Often marked by two powerful centre backs, they must have the strength to hold up play and bring technical midfielders or wide players into play. Heading ability is also important for this position, whether for flick ons, or heading for goal. A complete centre forward is very hard to find, hence why they are so well paid in the professional game.

Key attributes for Centre Forwards to highlight on their CV:

  • High off the mark acceleration and reactions to respond to through balls and loose balls in the penalty area
  • Confident shooting with power or finesse
  • Ability to lose his or her marker and run in behind the defence
  • Anticipate defense and goalkeeper mistakes to create opportunities to score
  • Anticipates when to stay wide or support striker in the opposing box
  • The ability to deliver direct passes and crosses with accuracy
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