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Dribbling

How to dribble with the ball Dribbling is done with the inside, outside and the sole of the foot. You should be able to run with the ball…

Ball control

How to control the ball Ball control is one of the most essential skills in football: a poor first touch and the play is usually over for the…

Kicking

How to kick the ball Kicking the ball is a fundamental skill in soccer used for passing and shooting. Producing a good kick is mostly about balance and…

Soccer freestyle tutorial

Press on any image to see an animation. Special thanks to Sputnik and Owen4Ever for their help in compiling this tutorial.

Soccer drills

Attacking drills Warmup shooting drill This is a good drill to start off a shooting practice. The finisher gives a pass to a stationary player who serves the…

Soccer positions

#3. Sweeper The sweeper is always “the last player” in defense, roaming laterally a few meters behind the line of defenders. He must not sway too far toward…

Dribbling and 1v1

How to dribble with the ball Dribbling into space When you have the ball and there is open space in front of you, take it! By dribbling into…

Finishing and shooting

How to shoot the ball Placement, power and surprise When you’re close to the goalkeeper, the focus should be on placement. Good placement requires composure and knowing the…

Stretching exercises

Obliques (External & Internal Oblique) Trunk rotation Back (Latissimus Dorsi & Teres Major) Trunk-sided bend Buttock (Gluteus Maximus, Medius & Minimus) The muscles on your buttocks (glutes) work…

19th Century: Britain

Football or soccer as we know it today emerged during the late 19th century in England. At a meeting of the London Football Association in 1863, the game…

The Middle Ages: Mob football

Mob football Various ball games emerged in Britain between the 7th and 9th century. These are commonly referred to as mob football. The rules of mob football were…

Ancient ball games: The Mediterranean

Egypt Various artifacts from tombs as early as 2500 BC suggest that ball games did exist in ancient Egypt. Balls were made out of linen or catgut (animal…

World Cup 2006

XVIII World Cup Tournament Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup for the second time, since 1974. Seventeen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nation reopened…

Euro 2004

Group A Greece – Portugal 2-1 (12 June) Hosts Portugal lost to Greece in the tournament’s opening match. Just in the 7-th minute of play, Georgios Karagounis opened…

World Cup 1998

XVI World Cup Tournament In the summer of 1998, France became the seventh nation to win the World Cup. The French squad displayed impressive work in defense and…

British vs American terminology

British – American attack – offence bar – post boots – cleats cap – appearance (in an international game) clean sheet – shutout counter attack – fast break…

Pierre Barrieu: “There’s nothing worse than a ‘generic’ program”

Pierre Barrieu has been the US Men’s National Team strength and conditioning coach since 2002. Originally from Thionville, France, Pierre is a former professional team handball player. He…

Skills and tips from Zidane

Zidane describes some of his moves and talks about players that he admires. “[Heading is] not a question of height, there are smaller players that are going to…

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