Those questions were answered when I turned to the page in the book “Outliers” and read the line the: “10,000 hour rule”.

What Malcolm Gladwell explained was quite amazing. He said that the key to success in any field was a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of 10,000 hours. In other words, as players we must train/play football for at least 10,000 hours before we reach world class status, the level of top of Premier League players for example.

Of course, what you do specifically in those hours is extremely important. It’s always important to have a plan of what you’ll do in your training for maximum effectiveness.

Think you’ve accumulated over 10,000 hours? To put it in perspective, if you played one game and trained three times per week for 1.5 hours every week from age 6 – 18, your total number of hours by age 18 is just over 4,000… and that doesn’t even take into account season breaks and injuries.

10,000 hours = practicing an average of 20 hours per week (3 hours a day) for 10 years.

The goal of Effective is to allow you to have all the tools to train just like a professional and reach that 10,000 hour milestone.

Nick Humphries, 25, is a footballer who played in England (Wimbledon), Scotland (Montrose), Holland (Volendam), Hungary (Vasas) as well as with the Australian U20 national team. At 16 years of age, he was just an average amateur player with limited skills. Only one year later he was offered $120k+ in scholarships. Two years later he received a contract to play professionally in Europe. How did he get better? He trained in his own way! Learn more about the training program he’s creating to help players improve on their own terms.