Soccer is an essential means of installing the values of competition, discipline and the significance of activism in us. However, it is important to master the fundamentals of soccer and get some basic skills before moving on to the professional shots.
The sooner you become an expert of the beginners skills, the better will be the foundation requires to climb up. It is not about winning every match, but about acquiring the control to have the match in your favor.
In order to help you acquire the most important skills as beginners, we have compiled a guide listing them, elaborating on the ‘how’ and giving you the confidence to get stronger in your game.
Control over the ball
The control over the ball is imperative for almost any level of the players in the game of soccer. It is first crucial to get yourself comfortable with having the ball at your feet. As the ball starts to come your way, you should master the skill of knowing how to control it to bring it to stop near you. It is often known as the ‘settling of the ball’.
You must also make a note of the easiest kind of passes that you or your team mates can receive. For instance, gliding facilitates receiving the passes. However, there will come points when the balls will be bouncing and the passes will be falling from the sky. It will then be a challenge.
We have some ideas to help you improve this ball control. They are as follows:
- Keep your eyes open- Try to constantly monitor where the ball is going and it will help you prepare ahead.
- Be Gentle when you are receiving the passes- You can do this to gently cushioning the ball using the inside of the foot. You should not use excessive power when you are maneuvering your foot near the ball. This is because, it can result in a bad kind of touch, thereby making it hard to catch the ball before the defender tries to.
- Shield using your body- It is important to understand that your body can be directly used to shield the ball from your defending players. You can do this by simply placing yourself in between the ball and the opponents. It will ensure additional time for you to control the ball.
- Get yourself a teammate to practice passing- Practice makes it perfect, as you have heard multiple times. Find someone or get an area with a will to pass in order to practice the ‘settling of the ball’ at lease 10 minutes a day. You will love the difference it makes.
Mastering Passing the Ball
If you look at professional soccer players, you can see that they pass the ball for more than 20 or 30 times a game. And this is no a coincidence. There is a pretty good reason behind it. When you pass very quickly, you are likely t succeed in bewildering the defense.
It will also spread the players of your team more, giving rise to openings for your team to score and to play with attack. It is expected that as a beginner, this can confuse you as well, or rather make you nervous.
You might even initially panic when you are trying to dribble around a good number of defenders. However, whenever you see an available teammate nearby, make sure you attempt to pass the ball.
We have gathered a few suggestions which can help you with getting better at passing. These are:
- Make use of the inside of your foot- Try to make 90 degrees, or right angle between your foot and the ball. The foot that is currently planted on the ground will be facing straight. Your passing foot should be facing out to the side. Next, open the hips and you will have created the right angle pretty simply. This will also help you get the ball in the right place and boost your accuracy.
- Target the middle point of the soccer ball- When hitting, try to target the middle of the ball. You must try to avoid hitting the bottom of the ball. This is because, doing so will cause the ball to shoot up in the air. When the ball goes too high, the pass will tend to be slower and even less accurate.
Work on Dribbling efficiently
What do we mean by dribbling? It is simply guiding your ball through the field – or rather navigating. Of course passing is more essential or useful than dribbling the ball around in the game of soccer.
But, you have to remember that dribbling is an important skill as well which is useful to implement when you are in a head on situation with the defending player.
We have gathered a few suggestions which can help you with getting better at dribbling. These are:
- Make you of both of your feet when practicing- You can attempt to make use of the top of your foot in order to take small moves. You must also not forget to practice dribbling with both the inside as well as the outside of your feet. This will help ensure that your versatility is improving and you are becoming better as an attacking player in the soccer field.
- Keep the arms away- You should position your arms in such a manner that they are well out of your way, on the side and down. This will help ensure the balance whilst also helping making a shield against the defending, to keep them away from the ball.
Defending in the Game
A good defense can ensure winning a game in soccer. This makes defending the ball a great skill to learn from a beginner’s level already. You, hence need to start teaching yourself the basics of defending in the game.
We have gathered a few suggestions which can help you with getting better at defending. These are:
- Avoid allowing the opponent dribble to the middle of the soccer field- If they are already halfway the goalpost, you are at a risk of the opponent team scoring a goal. Try to place your body in a diagonal manner. This will direct the opponent to take the path towards the sideline of the field, and hence away from the center, where you find the goals.
- Wait before you steal the ball- You need to wait until the opponent team player makes a mistake, and then you can have a clear path to steal the ball. You’re your opponent will expect or want you to attempt to steal the ball from them while it is close to their feet. It is an ambush. As soon as you will bring out your leg to do so, you will be risking allowing the opponent to find you in an off-balance position, facilitating them to dribble the ball away from you.
- Do not forget to stay on your toes- When you stand flat on your feet, you will be a little unprepared and hence disadvantaged in being at the top of the game. Staying on the toes also mean staying alert about the surrounding and keeping your legs prepared for actions constantly. You can act faster and much easier in this manner.
Besides the aforementioned 4 skills, you will also have to train yourself a few other basic skills as a soccer player. One skill to name is heading the ball, which is sometimes, sooner or later in your games, forced upon you.
Communication with teammates is another important and yet an undermined skill. You should get to know your teammates, understand what they want you to do in the middle of the game and act accordingly on the field.
Otherwise, the lack of proper cooperation will not allow you to perform well. This can be hard as a beginner player and you may have no clue what the teammates mean. In such a situation, you must run to your coach to ask what to do exactly.
Shooting is, as you can imagine, imperative for scoring. You need to train yourself to shoot with enough force to defeat the goalkeeper. However, you will be amazed to know that sometimes, merely kicking the ball will smoothly score.
Last but not the least, it is essential that you are well aware of the rules of the game of soccer. Otherwise, you are going to have problems in the field. One of the rules that end up creating one of the gravest issues is the rule related to being or playing offside. You will need time to learn the rules- do not attempt to memorize them all in one day.
Now you know where to start- once you consider the aforementioned rules, you can get comfortable with the basics of soccer and soon climb up to being a star soccer player.
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