Do you want to become a better soccer player and improve your skills? Playing a good game of soccer takes plenty of practice and passion. Read on to see how to better your game.
Just because you do not have the ball, does not mean that you are no longer in play. Run after the player you passed the ball to and perhaps you will get the ball back if they need help. A good team member will pass it to you if you’re open.
It pays to pass off to a teammate immediately after a defense player gets near you. Hold onto the ball as long as possible, but advance steadily and pass when necessary. Once you pass, the other player can figure out what to do next.
An important skill to become familiar with is called the “Outside Elastico.” This can assist you with cutting on the inside when on the flanks. You will need something to represent your opponent’s position like a cone. Step away from the cone about five steps. Start dribbling towards the cone. Use a soft outside touch before touching your ball back toward the inside as you get closer to the cone. It is the outside touch which tricks the opponent. Try to make the second touch bigger than the first.
Practice whenever you can. If you get into the habit of always having a ball available, you can take advantage of any opportunity that arises. You may also want to simply kick the ball along as you walk.
Dribble the ball to the opposite side of the field than where you intend to end up. Lead the defender away and then quickly cut back in your intended direction. This is a great way to get past a defender.
To help you increase your scoring capabilities, practice penalty kicks after an especially invigorating drill. Doing this will help you better focus on the kick after a foul has occurred. Try a few different kicks to use for penalty kicks and then keep practicing for the time when you need them.
Take your soccer practice inside from time to time. Playing indoors allows you to play on a much smaller field. Therefore, more emphasis on ball control and decision making will be needed. This will help you play better outside.
Now that you have reviewed this material, it is now time to work it into your game. You’re motivated, and it’s time to show what you’ve got on the field. Remember that the most important thing about soccer is to have fun.