One of the best ways to become a better player at any sport is to practice what you know and to never stop learning. There is always room to learn new skills and to perfect them. Here are some helpful hints and new tricks for you to apply to your soccer game.
Always keep your eyes open. If you are fortunate enough to get the ball, pass it to the person that you think can advance toward the goal, even if that is not you. Be selfless in order to help your team win. However, in order to follow this piece of advice, you have to be vigilant and know what is happening on the field at all times.
Shielding is an important soccer skill. Practice with another person, and try dribbling the ball around in a square. Encourage the other person to try and take the ball away. To be successful, make sure that your body stays between your opponent and the ball. The more you practice, the better you will be in the game.
If you are a beginner and you don’t know much about soccer, the best way to learn a bit more is to watch some players in action. You should go to watch a local game, and if none are available you can watch a few games that air on television.
Practice passing by placing two small cones approximately a foot apart. Kick the ball through the obstacles to help you learn to pass between opponents and get it to your teammate. As you get better at this passing technique go for longer passes and move the cones closer together.
When making a shot remember that wider is better than higher. Wide shots cause the goalie to really stretch. If you can manage to shoot a wide shot that is close to the ground, you will most likely score because the goalie will need to stretch and will not have good control over his body.
Practice with players who have more experience than you do. This is a good way to challenge yourself and improve your skills. Ask some questions and encourage more experienced players to give you some feedback. Since soccer is team-oriented, most players you encounter will be happy to help. If you are having trouble finding experienced players, scout out local games and then ask several players there if they would be willing to mentor you.
If you are a parent or coach, never scream anything at a player while they have control of the ball. This may distract them and make them fumble a bit. The best thing to do is to allow them to make the pay, then encourage them to do better if it was not done well.
Now that you have learned a few new tricks, take the time to practice them until they come naturally to you. Share your new found skills with friends and teammates. then hit the field and try them out during a friendly practice game. With a little practice, you will soon be a player to contend with.