Becoming a better soccer player is just like anything else in life. You have to learn the basics and then practice. You also need to learn new skills along the way. Here are some new ways to help you become the winning player that you have always have tried to be.
Practice protecting the soccer ball from opponents. Use your body as a barrier between the ball and your opponent. Keep control of the ball by kicking it with the inside of your foot. While practicing, try dribbling the ball in a square while your opponent tries to get it away from you.
Always be ready to receive the ball. You should be focused on the ball at all times and try predicting whom the player will pass it to. Predicting what a player does will become easier as you get used to playing with the same team. Ask for the ball if you are in the best position.
Communication is very important on the soccer field. Using short words or phrases, like “turn,” can help you and your teammates play a more cohesive game. In particular, being verbal as the pace of the game picks up can really help you to “play smarter” and eventually win the game.
Try pushing the ball with the inside of your foot if you need to defend it. This will give you more control and make it hard for the defender to steal it from you. Use your entire body to shield the ball from the defender and look for another player you can pass the ball to.
An important skill to become familiar with is called the “Outside Elastico.” Use this move to cut inside from the flanks. For starters, place a cone or something similar as a marker on the ground. Step back five times. Dribble to it. As you get closer to the cone, gently do an outside touch then a quick inside touch. That outside tapping is what will trick the opposition. Know that you need to make the second touch larger than the one you did first.
Surprise is a great option when you play soccer. Fake the other team out by dribbling to the left and then quickly passing it to the right. The defender could become confused and that may help you your team. Although at first your teammates might not know what is happening, they will eventually get used to your technique.
Make sure that you stretch both before and after a soccer game or practice. Running up and down the field combined with kicking the ball, can put a lot of stress on your muscles. Stretching can help you to avoid injuries on the field while you are playing and prevent you from being sore after the game.
It is important to practice playing soccer at home in your free-time, not just during practices. Doing drills and practicing handling the ball will help you when it is time for games. Putting a net in your yard to practice shooting goals can be very helpful to perfect that tricky shot.
To make sure you’re in shape, run three to four miles a day. Because soccer is a sport that requires constant running, it is important that you are as physically fit as possible. Running around 3 total miles daily will really increase your stamina and endurance. If you don’t want to have a boring run, try running to different places each time.
Identify with a professional player that does what you want to do on the field. Watch him carefully. When you imitate his techniques and strategies, you are going to get better at soccer. If the pro you’re watching has a signature move, use them in your own games.
Get more involved in each training session and game. Move around more. Expect more from yourself. Try harder to shut down the opposition and to get forward and help out your teammates. Keep the communication with your team going throughout the game. Do all you can to be more involved and active every time you’re out on the field.
You can break apart tight defenses by triangulating. Association is key, passing the ball quickly between your teammates in order to promote confusion among your opponent. Getting through all those tight spaces and defender requires great teamwork to be most effective on the soccer field. Always be prepared to react to your teammate when he tries to do this too.
An excellent idea for getting more soccer practice is to check out your local YMCA or community center. Many places offer a variety of intramural sports teams, and particularly if you live in a large community, you are likely to find a soccer team or soccer club with other enthusiasts such as yourself.
If you are coaching a team, you need to set an example of what is expected. If you want kids to give 100 percent, then you need to give 110 percent when coaching. Get on the field and play with your players. Show them how to dribble the ball.
After warming your team up by practicing passing and dribbling, it is time to begin putting their skills to the test. Divide your soccer team into two team and scrimmage each other to help develop on the field skills such as receiving the ball and scoring points while being actively guarded.
If you are unsure of your own soccer skills, you will have a hard time being a good soccer coach. Be sure to hone your skills before you try to teach anyone how to play soccer. If you are insecure, it will show through and you and your team will have a miserable time. Be smart, bold and confident so that you can keep your soccer sessions enjoyable and productive.
Now that you have some new skills to try, grab the ball and start practicing. then gather some friends and share those tips. being part of a winning team takes practice and team work. So get on the field and start practicing your new skills so that you can help lead your team to victory.