One of the best ways to become a better player at any sport is to practice what you know and to never stop learning. There is always room to learn new skills and to perfect them. Here are some helpful hints and new tricks for you to apply to your soccer game.
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.
Try passing the ball when a defender is closing in on you. Keep it safe and then advance it to a teammate. Your teammate will have some time to move before they are reached by defenders.
When teaching your kids how to play soccer, make sure they learn how to dribble. Many learn by simply kicking the ball ahead and chasing after it, but this doesn’t provide any control and allow the opponent to steal it. Have them run slow and use different parts of their feet to maintain the ball in front of them. Teach them to stop it on one spot with a gentle tap down on the top of the ball when dribbling to set it up for a pass.
You should try making a decision on your next move before you even receive the ball. If you see that a player is about to pass you the ball, assess your situation quickly. Try finding another player you can pass the ball to and pay attention to where defendants are.
Whenever possible, try to cross the ball. It can lead to some unexpected, positive consequences. For example, doing so could set up your teammate for the score or the ball could ricochet off another player and find its way into the goal. Just when the other team thinks they have you figured out, though, try dribbling in for the score.
When practicing dribbling set up an obstacle course. This course can be made by using plastic cones placed approximately two feet apart. Then weave in and out the obstacle course using your dribbling technique. This practice will teach you how to weave around other players while maintaining control of the ball.
While confidence is important, being overconfident is bad and will hurt your game. While it could be that you’re great at playing, you can slip up sometimes. If you act as if you’re untouchable, the unexpected might throw you off.
When you are on the soccer field, try your best to keep a positive attitude and avoid foul language. When coaches feel like you are difficult to deal with they will find every excuse they can to keep you sitting on the bench, so be as pleasant as you can be.
Master the skill of the throw-in. This is one of the best chances to score a goal since the thrower has greater control over the ball. You must use both hands and the ball must go behind your head for a proper throw. This is a good time to use a strategic play to set up a player near the goal.
Now that you have learned a few new tricks, take the time to practice them until they come naturally to you. Share your new found skills with friends and teammates. then hit the field and try them out during a friendly practice game. With a little practice, you will soon be a player to contend with,