What it takes to become the #9

I've had the pleasure of working with many different style of Goal Getter's, most of them are nice guys off the park but when they get onto the pitch they have a very narrow and specific focus - they become the #9

by Chris Yena


Posted 3 months ago


What it takes to become the #9

I've had the pleasure of working with many different style of Goal Getter's, most of them are nice guys off the park but when they get onto the pitch they have a very narrow and specific focus - they become the #9

For me there is a common theme and set of traits across all great goal getters in football, they are

relentless in their pursuit of goals a strong desire for success self confident - event arrogant (ego-esk) maybe at times, and very single minded (determined)

The traditional "English" centre-forward was tall, strong and brave and an excellent header of the ball. His main job was to score goals and act as a focal point for the attack, often playing with his back to goal he would hold the ball up and the lay it off to play in his team-mates

When not scoring himself, the #9 played an important role by dominating central space and occupying defenders.

The heyday of the traditional English #9 was in the 1960's and '70's

In todays modern game with its may different formats and tika-taka styles of play, this has caused the #9's role to change significantly. in many cases the #9 now operates as a lone striker with a greater emphasis on taking the rare goal scoring opportunities that get created.

The #9's attributes today require them to have

Speed Agility Quick Feet

rather than just being physically strong enough to hold the ball

Its a challenging role being a #9 in the modern game.

Are you ready to "become the #9, The Goal Getter"?


Author Chris Yena is an FFA 'A' license holder with over 25 years of professional coaching experience. Having worked with various number 9's over his career, Chris' expertise in the field can potentially turn you into the "ideal" number 9. To learn more about Chris or to book a session with him click here


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