Monday, August 31, 2015

Robert Vincent Peace - How to Become an Advanced Soccer Player

Soccer is a great sport to get involved with. To become an advanced player, however, you need to start early and work hard. You'll need to work on your fitness, and learn to imitate the soccer greats, but most of all you'll need to have enthusiasm for the game. So get out on that field and start practicing

Try out for the local club team, if you are not already on a team

Also, look for local "club" teams to try out for. Your current ability will dictate what clubs you will be able to play for. Do research on the clubs history as well as the coaches and their backgrounds. If you are student, try out for a club at school.

Play with your non-dominant foot all the time

Some shots are better done with your left foot and others are better done with your right foot and using your non-dominant foot will practice it up for future shots that are better done with that foot. If you don't know which foot that is, it's probably the foot on the same side of your body as your non-dominant hand.

Work on your ball handling skills to be a high-level soccer player 

As well as practicing twice a week with your team(s), you should be practicing by yourself or with friends to perfect passing, shooting, dribbling, foot skills, and moves—either in your backyard or an open field. The following are some of the things you should work on. Juggling: although this is not directly used in the actual game of soccer, being a better juggler will improve your 'touch' and overall comfort with the ball. Dribbling: practice dribbling in a thirty yard area. Dribble with your laces using both feet. After doing several repetitions of these, use only the outside and inside of your feet. Alternating inside/outside every touch.

Work on different aspects of fitness to be a fit soccer player

There are three main aspects you should work on. These are stamina, speed and strength. To work on (a) endurance run 2–3 miles (3.2–4.8 km) twice a week and improve on your time each week. Soccer is also a game of (b) speed. To improve your speed, work on sprinting. Find a soccer field, start from the goal line and sprint to midfield, from there jog to the next end line. Repeat this step then walk the length of the field to cool down. Do this as long as possible until you are too fatigued to continue or for about 15 minutes. Your age will determine what you can do for (c) strength.

Hire an individual trainer, if you have different goals than that of the team(s) you are on

Many very well qualified coaches or college soccer players train individuals by the hour and are relatively cheap. This direct attention on the player and their needs is an excellent way to become a great player much faster.

You can also get a group of friends to go out and play mini scrimmages. This can help improve your ball work, and you can get tips form your friends along the way.

Go to your local library and find some books about soccer. A very helpful book is "Soccer for Dummies.

Get advice from your soccer coach 

They have seen many different players and probably your mistakes can be caught better by someone who constantly watches you play.

Learn which foot is more favorable to use depending on the situation

Aim with the side of your foot

Follow a training schedule 

This should be a ritual, and not something you choose to do on certain days or at certain times. Training with a soccer ball 3-4 times a week will definitely improve your skill. Volley against a wall, or practice shooting with both feet on a trampoline or goal, if you have one. Practice foot skills, and juggle. Juggling will help with ball control. You should do this with both feet, so you are comfortable with both feet. Also, shoot and volley with both feet. You will definitely see an improvement!

Perfect advanced moves 

First warm up by spending your time with the ball alone: Dribble much faster with accuracy. Keep your head up slightly as you dribble the ball so you can see the field. Here are some popular moves which you should learn

Flip Flap

Move the ball with your outside foot to the outside and then quickly flip the ball back with the inside of your foot.
In short, wrap your foot around the ball.

Stop and Go 
This move is probably the most popular move in soccer.
Jog slowly with the ball.
Stop for a moment.
Then, just run fast past the defender.

The sweep

Sweep the ball over to the other foot and make a shot.
Try to make it look like you're going to shoot but dragging the ball to the other foot.

The Drag 

This is a good move if you want to switch directions and go the other way on the dribble.
Drag the ball between your legs and bring the back foot over the ball.


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