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|Posted: 05 Sep 2009, 01:41|
Whenever I'm in my back just by myself, It seems like I have good footwork and my head is always up. But whenever I am playing against people my footwork seems weak and my head seems like it's always down. I also make bad decisions.
How can I keep my head up and get a quick pass off? Or how could I improve my footwork under pressure?
It is really bothering me.
|Posted: 05 Sep 2009, 02:11|
Good footwork is easy when your by yourself because no one is trying to get the ball from you.I'd say just keep playing.Try to keep your head up. It should come with expirience. Maybe do a dribbleing drill with cones and remember to keep your head up.
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|Posted: 05 Sep 2009, 04:58|
I'm an expert on this (look at my name!)
Zack is right. You do need to continue playing against people and practicing dribbling while attacking the defender. Practice dribbling at speed to a tree. When you are about 3-4 yards from him. Begin your move, but still going towards him. Wait until you have him going to oneside and he is about to step that way..then you go the opposite way.
Take a look at Dribbling Technique
A key factor in fluidity in your moves underpressure is muscle memory. Doing many repititions of a move will "ingrain" the move into your muscles so that it will seem automatic when you are on the field.
An example of this is the scissors:
a. practice with the ball stationary
b. practice while dribbling. Gradually increase you dribbling speed.
c. dribble at a stationary object
d. practice the move in games.
The more you practice, the more your own style will come out. Nobody has the same style of play/combination of favorite moves.
It sounds like your main problem is field awareness. By this I mean knowing:
a. where you are on the field, proper positioning, knowing where "space" is.
b. where you are in relation to your players
c where you are in relation to the other team
d. what your players are doing and where they will be once you get the ball.
e. what you will do if you receive the ball.
f. you have your skills mastered so that you don't have to "think" when you receive the ball
g. proper soccer strategy (achieved by going to the Training section
All of those are important when you play with your head up. You should always have a mental picture of where your teammates are on the field.
One of the great players to be able to play this way is Zidane. Look up some videos of how Zidane brought his teammates into the game by not only dribbling, but also having field awareness.
Some good links to look at:
http://www.expertfootball.com/forum/vie ... eld&t=7803
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I6WuR7e ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqcAt34X ... re=related
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|Posted: 05 Sep 2009, 14:42|
Thanks for the tips.
|Posted: 07 Sep 2009, 16:06|
Practising dribbling without looking at the ball is not going to get you anywhere. What you really need to learn to do is to look up inbetween dribbles and when your not on the ball, you never see a player like messi with his head up when hes on a twisting run going past dozens of defenders, but once hes gotten past them and the pressure is off him he looks up then makes the pass because this is much easier to do and does not compromise his dribbling ability.
Learn to look up and know where everyone is in relation to you so you can pass it without looking, this is essential if you want any sort of career in football, its called spacial awareness and every type of player on the field needs buckets of it to be successful and even more to be very good, especially strikers.