I'm open to any help I can get. I'm playing next year, my sophmore year in highschool, and its the first time I've played on a team in 5 years even though I've been playing casually. I've been playing after school with friends for a little bit, but I'm really looking to get better. Any tips? Any videos or something to help with anything whatsoever? Any help is appreciated, +K even if its not much.
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juggling, running, training exercises with ball, pass with friends, play as many games as possible. Just spend as much time with your ball as possible and you'll get much better with your feet, and get in really good shape so you can play full games.
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JUGGLING is key. This improves your first-touch immensely, which is crucial, and helps along all other aspects of your game ie. passing, crossing etc. If you're playing competitively you should be able to juggle for quite a while without dropping the ball...
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Get one of those size 1 balls and just take it with you literally wherever you go in the house. Just always be dribbling it and doing moves wherever you go in the house. Don't pick it up to go up the stairs. Either juggle it going up or knock it up the stairs as you go. That's what I did all growing up and in high school and it definitely helped my ball skills. That thing was glued to my foot at all times when I was home. Sitting and eating dinner or watching tv? Have it at your feet rolling it around or knocking it back and forth between your feet.
just get as many touches on the ball as you can...conditioning is easy and anybody can get in good shape fairly easily. ball control, passing, shooting, comfortability, the ability to change game pace etc. are all looked at by coaches. the best thing you can do is become as comfortable as possible with a soccer ball, the rest will come with it.
PLAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Hit the field with friends or a rec league team, or if you have a gym nearby then just go there and ask about futsol (helps with foot skills a ton). If you've got nobody to play with, go to the gym and just pass against a wall. Practice both feet, practice juggling.
Practice these Coerver touches. Spare the criticism, i know the kids in the video are like 8 and the music is awful but seriously practice these stationary and moving. Just go 20 yards to a line and then 20 yards back doing each one, it'll help a lot.
also, have a friend or a teammate just throw the ball at your feet and do rotations of this
10 passes off your laces (10 for each foot, your friend throws the ball and you volley it back without the ball touching the ground, try to keep your foot locked and stay over the ball)
10 passes off the inside of your foot (10 for each foot once again, stay over the ball)
10 knee to right foot passes (you can use either knee but always your right foot, and you can use the inside or the laces of your foot to volley it to him)
10 knee to left foot passes (same thing, always left foot, either knee, laces or inside of the foot)
10 chest to right foot passes
10 chest to left foot passes
20 head passes
find a place you can hit up that has a net (this is more important if you're gonna play striker) and just take tons of shots. practice kicking through the ball, you should still be moving forward after the ball leaves your foot. if you need to, make it a drill to shoot the ball and then spring to the net, this'll help your muscle memory.
go for accuracy, and once you're good with stationary shots practice moving ball shots, then practice juggling the ball, letting it bounce once and volleying it. if your left foot is decent, then practice lefty shots as well.
another good drill with a buddy, have him stand in the middle of the goal and throw balls at you while you come sprinting in from the goal line. try to alternate heading it to the right and left corners of the goal. to make it harder, tell him to throw it anywhere. this'll make you move to get under the ball, and choose to head it, volley it, or trap and shoot it.
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Become a goalkeeper. No joke, no troll. I did that in middle school and I really liked it so I just practiced a lot and got so much better. It's easier to learn the basics for, and you get a shitload of props when you make a good save. Also, you probably won't have as much competition to start in most games.
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Practice practice practice. Try and get as many touches on the ball as possible. If you have a wall or something at your house, just take one touch passss off of it for like 30 minutes and just go left right left right, etc. Invest in a set of small cones too. Just set them out in a line of about 10. About 1 foot away from each other. Take small touches in and out of them doing combos of inside-outside-inside-outside, outside-outside, etc. juggle all the time. And shoot if you plan on playing striker/attacking mid. I would type out more but I'm on my phone.
Juggling, running (get fit), core strength, make both of your feet evenly as good as eachother, make firm passes, play as much as possible, when you have the ball keep your head up, be really talkative (calling for ball) PM me if you want any help
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Also as you get better and start playing faster, always try to have an option A and option B in your head of what you're going to do with the ball, before you get the ball. Know where your teammates are, who's marked who's not. Look for the open runs.
this helps alot! what position are you trying to play? Also juggling is great to acquire. You will improve your touch. Just keep the ball around your feet alot in your free time, that way you get comfortable with it.
try to get really comfortable with your off foot, watch a lot of soccer study games on tv and stuff, run a lot, juggle, play as much as you can this summer whether that means pick up games are just kicking a ball around, always keep a ball around
Work on your first touch i promise it will be the most help to you. When you go for a run (assuming that you already are) then take a soccer ball with you and dribble it the whole time. This will help a shit load. Also if there is a wall near you then start passing against it and work on your first touch. You should be able to take a first touch that will control the ball while putting you in the direction that you want to go. Also your position is going to matter a lot. If your an attacker then you need better foot skills and short speed, midfield you need to have good field awareness and good foot skills plus speed and endurance, if you're defense then you need to hit the gym and get big, have a good foot to clear the ball, great field awareness, and you have to have the balls to drop a kid cleanly if called for.
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Damn you beat me to it. My coach in soccer believes Coevers seperates a good player to an amazing player and improves their soccer skills by 100 percent. Practice them everday do all the drills to your best ability. Also get uncomfortable as my coach said and challenge your self at a faster and harder rate. Push your self each day to try and improve the certain skill you are working on. As a player who isn't as expirienced, skill is just one of the many important qualities. Soccer is a thinking man's game. Develop the knowledge for when you get the ball to know what's best to do with it. As you soon realize less touches on the ball is better unless you are comfortable like Messi for instance. Hope some of this information helped, and I didn't want to go overboard, but I have lots more as I know the game of soccer and played it for many years. PM me for more help.
whatever you do with your strong foot, do with your weak foot. be able to play/control the ball with all surfaces of your feet and body. in terms of a try out you'll almost surely be doing drills using weak foot only and if you can stand out there coaches will definitely be impressed. more importantly, being comfortable controlling the ball with any part of your body will just make the game easier and make you look super styley, which, as we all know, is the most important thing you can do in life. and no one has said it yet but if you haven't officially played on a team in a bunch of years i'd definitely recommend watching some games to see tactics and such, which, seeing as you'll be in europe and its euro championships this summer, shouldn't be too hard.