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.
To make the transition from receiving the ball to directing it more fluid, don’t trap or stop the ball completely. Instead, as the ball approaches, aim to make contact with the top or middle of the ball then tap it in the direction you want it to go and continue to maneuver down the field.
Remember that you have a role on the team, whether you are a natural play maker or not. Some people simply make things happen on the field. If you do not have that talent, you can act as a support to those that have different skills than you do. Figure out what your role is and play to your strengths.
It is against the rules to use any part of your hands or arms, from shoulder to fingertips, to control a soccer ball that is in play. You can use your feet, knees, thighs, stomach, chest and head. Be careful though. A head shot can hurt and you cannot control the ball well with your knees.
Dedication and commitment are essential to getting better at soccer. Being a great player doesn’t happen instantly. Take a little time each day to practice. In spite of how difficult it may be, always practice your soccer skills. Also work on your strongest skill set to keep them sharp.
Start long distance running in the off-season to boost stamina for soccer. Statistics show that many soccer players will run about eight miles during every match. Training to run long distance will help increase your stamina and improve your soccer game when you do not need to take a lot of breaks.
Think like a team player, not an individual. In order to be a great soccer team, everyone on it must be good, and not just the individual who scores all the goals.
If you are a coach and one of your players is on the bench, take that time to talk to them about their performance on the field. Do not try to yell things at them while they are on the field playing since this can be pretty distracting and may ruin their game.
Analyze the game immediately following each game. Bring a notebook to the game and write down pertinent information such as how many shots you took, how many times you scored, how many went high and if you seem to always be shooting to one side or the other. By keeping a written record, you will begin to notice ways to improve your game.
Learn your passing skills well to succeed at soccer. Use the inside arch of your foot for the most accuracy. For short passes, keep the ball low by hitting it near the center of the ball. For longer passes, with more power, hit the ball lower and follow through fully.
Many players are plagued by wandering minds. Players should let the past go because it cannot be changed. Instead, players should focus on the current game. If a player is not playing a game, he should be focusing on the future match coming up. This technique will help player focus on the present which will result in a well played game.
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.