Aside from the fact that one gets paid lavishly and the other doesn't, what skills or mindset to the pro's have that the amateurs don't? I speak Japanese and am in love with the country, so I soon desire to take a tryout (or Selection in Japanese) to play for the JFL team Matsumoto Yamaga in my girlfriend's hometown. When I watch their games, however, I don't see *too* much difference between them and me. For those of you not familiar with the Japanese Football Association, the JFL is the second lowest tier, second only to the Regional Leagues which is probably weaker than most high end High School teams. JFL teams have the opportunity to rise to the J League 2nd Division, where they are considered 'professionals' from then on, even though they do receive a somewhat low salary in the JFL. The J League 1st Division is the big leagues, with players making near a million dollars in the high ups. It's clear why those players are where they are when you watch their matches. And yet, still, I come back to Matsumoto Yamaga, a team doing decent in the JFL and are favorites to rise to the J2 (J League 2nd Division) at the end of this year. What is the difference between me (the amateur) and them (the pros)? Is it the trapping? The ball control and receiving? Accuracy on shot? Ability to handle pressure? Physical fitness? Judgment on the pitch? Something else? I came across this not just through Matsumoto Yamaga, but in general. If Landon Donovan and I went 1 v 1 and I got lucky and beat him, does this essentially mean I am now worth as much as he is? What do the professionals have that the amateur's don't? I would assume raw talent (accuracy, power, weak leg ability, balance, heading, receiving, dribbling, control, etc.) are obvious pluses, but what about these professional players I see that may be leagues below some of their teammates in terms of ability? And, quite possibly, I'm just nervous about the tryout and am just ranting. Hopefully someone will join in my madness (this thread) and help me sort out my questions or at least offer me the classic 'you're not worried about what you think you're worried about' psychological solution. Does anyone even understand what I'm getting at? Hahaha, Mountain Dew in one hand and a Football at my feet makes for an interesting combination. Edit: Just in case anyone wants to see my favorite team, here's a link to a small fan made highlight. This guy often puts up multiple videos of the majority of the game a few hours after the game. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJiQcsFTcHo&NR=1"]YouTube - ???? VS V??????????[/ame] Opening text just states stuff like what players are in/out and Penalty kicks and the like.