The basics for winning any sport is the same. It takes skills, practice and a desire to win. You also have to keep an open mind and continue to learn and adapt. Here are some new things for you to try to help you become a better soccer player and an asset to your team.
When you get the ball in soccer, make sure to play it quickly. You need to get and give the ball quickly in just a couple touches. If you hold on to it too long, you increase your chances of losing it. Even if you don’t lose it, holding it too long can destroy an attack and provide an opportunity for the other team to get back on defense.
Always keep your eyes open. If you are fortunate enough to get the ball, pass it to the person that you think can advance toward the goal, even if that is not you. Be selfless in order to help your team win. However, in order to follow this piece of advice, you have to be vigilant and know what is happening on the field at all times.
Don’t be the soccer mom who makes all the other parents cringe and all of your child’s teammates ridicule him or her at school. Support the decisions of the referee and do not shout instructions from the sidelines or run out onto the playing field to consult with the ref or instruct your child.
Learn how to anticipate where the ball is going during a game. You need to know when the ball is going towards you. You also need to know what to do when you do get the ball. Anticipating when you’re defending is important, too. If you can foresee the opponent’s next move, it increases your chances of stopping the movements.
Try using the element of surprise on your opponents. Try not to make your moves so obvious. For example, try putting the ball near the back of the previous defending line while your teammate runs to receive your assistance. Then, try changing your running rhythm, starting quick until your opponent comes at you, then stopping. They’ll stop too, which gives you time to increase your pace again, so that they’re left anchored.
When you see yourself standing square in the center of the field, make sure you’re aware of the entire field. Be ready to be passed the soccer ball from either side and to pass it to the opposite side right away. You have to know where every player is.
You always want to keep the other team guessing what you are going to do next. Fake the other team out by dribbling to the left and then quickly passing it to the right. The defender won’t know what to do next. This may take your teammates by surprise, but it is a great tactic.
Don’t fall for flocking near the ball when everyone does. Many teams and players make this mistake. If your opponent has the ball, there only needs to be one other person there. If your teammate has it, let them have some space. Just make sure you have a player behind the person with the ball or the person that’s going to try to steal it.
While individual goals are important, try to keep work on team goals as well. The whole team has to work together, so setting team goals is key.
Now that you have gained knowledge of new tricks to try, take to the field and practice. Take the time to master these new skills. Share them with teammates and practice your new skills together. Then when soccer season comes, you will be ready to face your toughest opponents and win.