Some soccer skills that must be worked on to be proficient include kicking, goalkeeping, dribbling or moving the ball while simultaneously running, using your head to control the ball (literally) and manipulating the ball.
When kicking the ball, there are different methods but whichever is used the basic premise in most of these is to place the ball within the desired area with a well placed precise kick.
Ball kicks can be curved, either right or left, they can be kicked with the inside, or outside of the foot, it can be a chip shot as in golf or a volley kick where the ball is in the air, and also you use its momentum to improve its range or velocity.
Heading the ball or striking the ball with the top of the head is probably one of the most exciting and impressive moves a soccer player can perform, especially when it leads to a point for their team.
Head shots require precise coordination, and it is probably the most dangerous shots because if done incorrectly may cause serious harm to the neck area. This is not a move that players will want to attempt however for people who get it done takes plenty of practice to achieve success at it.
Dribbling the soccer ball can be likened to dribbling in basketball except you are doing it with your feet. The basic premise is identical, to be able to outwit or outmaneuver your assailant. Then move around, or through them, if possible, while still controlling the ball and then either passing the ball or attempting a score.
There are lots of techniques open to soccer players to achieve this but only through hours of drills and practicing will you develop the skills essential to be a proficient dribbler.
Goal tenders possess the ultimate responsibility of defending that team’s goal. Again only through repetitive drilling and playing will theses skills develop. The goalkeeper must be willing to sacrifice his body to safeguard his goal at all costs.
None of those soccer skills will ever come to fruition if the soccer player is not in a high level of soccer fitness. There are several coaching drills that must be adhered to and done regularly to be a high notch player.
Soccer fitness is a mixture of skills, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning and ultimately drive and motivation. Enough can’t be said about the correlation between physical training and also the capability to perform the skills essential to be a good soccer player. When all theses are attributes are combined, soccer players are some of the most physically fit athletes in the world today.