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.
Even though soccer equipment is very expensive, you need it in order to be completely safe while you play. If you buy sub-par equipment, or if you fail to buy something that you need, you may get injured. Hospital bills will cost a lot more than the cost of decent equipment.
Adopt an energetic attitude when you play. You should spend the entire game following the ball back and forth and always trying to be in an ideal spot to receive the ball. Do not give up if players do not pass the ball to you and draw their attention if you are in a good position.
To perform at the highest level on the field you need to be properly hydrated. Begin to increase your intake of fluids 24 hours before your match. You can’t consume enough water during the match to replace all the fluids you lose while playing, so you need to get a head start.
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.
When you are in control of the soccer ball, you always want to make sure you shield it from the opposing players. Keep yourself in between the ball and the player attempting to steal it away. By not creating a shield, you leave the ball vulnerable to be stolen.
When it comes to clothing, you need to wear things that were intended to be worn by soccer players. You should avoid clothing associated with any other sport. The more sport specific clothing you wear, the more you will feel like a soccer player, which means you may play a bit better.
Be sure you are focusing on your weaknesses. Your game of soccer is only as good as your weakest technique. If your weakness is accuracy, then line up several balls in a row and continue shooting balls into the net. On the other hand, if your weakness is trapping, get someone to throw balls to you repeatedly. By improving the areas you are weakest at, you will notice your skills increase substantially.
Practice using your weaker foot. This can be done alone by kicking the ball against the wall or with your team. For an interesting game, have everyone on your team to split into two teams. The only rule is that all dribbling and shooting must be done with the weaker foot. By practicing with the weaker foot, you will soon be able to shoot as equally well with your weaker foot as your stronger foot.
When shooting the soccer ball, use only the front part of your foot. If you use your toes or the inside or outside of your shoes, your shot will not be as powerful or as directed as it should be. Practice this shooting technique until it becomes second nature.
When you are trying out for a soccer team, make sure that you show off moves you know well and avoid doing things that you are not totally comfortable with. Trying to pull off tricks above your skill set unsuccessfully, can end up in you not making the team.
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.
When you are trying to improve your skills at soccer, one key is overcoming self-doubt. You must convince yourself that you can accomplish your goal and not let anything hold you back. If you believe that you can succeed, you will be able to maintain the determination to stick with your preparation and practice and achieve your training goals.
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.