Are you wanting to be great at playing soccer? Are you interested in performing the same tricks pros do? If this describes you, you should keep reading this. You’re surely going to benefit, and your team will thank-you as well.
Whenever you can try to avoid colliding into the opposing player. Being able to predict where they are going ahead of time, will keep you from making contact. That will allow you to hang onto the ball and avoid injury.
An important skill to become familiar with is called the “Outside Elastico.” This is great for cutting into the center of the field after dribbling up the line. Practice this by placing a shoe, bag or cone on the ground. Step away from the cone about five steps. Begin dribbling as you move towards it. As you close in on the cone, take a small touch outside and then touch your ball quickly back to the inside. You can fool a defender with this soft outside touch. The inside touch should be slightly harder than the outside touch.
Dribble the ball to the opposite side of the field than where you intend to end up. Defenders will follow you there and then be confused when you change course rapidly. You can get around the defender easily this way.
Use the same ball skills for several plays to establish a pattern of play. The defense players will start to see the pattern and expect it. Then, surprise them by changing the direction you cross the ball in or just don’t cross it at all.
Come up with a strategy with your teammates. They should have an idea of where you plan on crossing the ball, allowing them to get in position to catch it. Running drills in practice will help you to maximize your impact on the soccer field.
Balls that are lofted are difficult to keep under control. Make your passes low when you notice defenders getting close. Lofted balls can be used if you’re trying to pass to someone that’s far away in an empty space.
Keep an eye on both ends of the field, even when you’re in the middle. Remain prepared as a ball can come suddenly at you from your left or right, and you might then need to pass it quickly to the opposite side. Know at all times where the defenders and any open players are.
It’s crucial that you communicate with your teammates. You will all work better as a solid team if you communicate on the field. Those who play professionally communicate with one another to help win games.
Now, your game will be so much better. If you keep learning and using the strategies laid out here, you’re going to do well. Play well, always try your best to and remember that soccer is a team game.