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Syed: “Consistency is The Best Way to Improve”

Syed: “Consistency is The Best Way to Improve”

Super Syed is one of the top freestylers in South Africa. Apart from his amazing upperbody moves, he is also known to collaborate with Kamalio, another world-class freestyler. Syed was nice enough to answer a few questions for us so please show him some l...
Soccer Dribbling

Soccer Dribbling

How to dribble a soccer ball Dribbling in soccer is done with the inside, outside and the sole of the foot. Decent players can run with the ball and change direction while keeping it under control. To accelerate, don't kick the ball farther away from you...

Ball Control in Soccer

How to control the ball Ball control is one of the most essential skills in soccer - a poor first touch and the play is usually over for the attacker. There are two types of control: receiving and trapping. Receiving means directing the ball into space a...
Kicking the ball

Kicking the ball

How to kick a soccer ball Kicking the ball is a fundamental soccer skill used for passing and shooting. Producing a good kick is a combination of balance and composure. It takes a lot of practice and repetition when learning any technique, so the followi...
Soccer Freestyle Tutorial

Soccer Freestyle Tutorial

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Soccer Drills

Attacking drills Shooting drill 1. 2. 3. 4. This is a good drill to warm up for a game or scrimmage. There is a distributor on top of the penalty box and a queue of attackers. Each attacker has their own ball and the drill begins with the player...
Soccer Positions

Soccer Positions

Goalkeeper The goalkeeper is the only player who is allowed to touch the ball with his hands. Also, he is usually the only player with a full overview of the pitch. Because of this unique advantage, it is the keeper's responsibility to direct and ins...

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 space, you are drawing defenders out of position and opening up the game. Dribbling across the field often cre...
Finishing and Shooting in Soccer

Finishing and Shooting in Soccer

The following article explains the basic principles behind shooting in soccer. We will consider the importance of power and placement in common situations as well as the role of surprise, where an unexpected shot can beat the goalkeeper. How to shoot t...

Stretching Exercises

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

Euro 2016

Group stage Group A 10 June France Romania 2 - 1 (St-Denis) 11 June Albania Switzerland 0 - 1 (Lens) 15 June Romania Switzerland 1 - 1 (Paris) France Albania 2 - 0 (Marseille) 19 June Switzerland France...

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 was split between "rugby football" where handling and carrying the ball was allowed and "association...
The Middle Ages: Mob football

The Middle Ages: Mob football

Origins of 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 not clearly defined. The games were often violent and played between villages at...
Ancient Ball Games: The Mediterranean

Ancient Ball Games: The Mediterranean

Episkyros (Greece) Around 2000 BC, the Greeks played a ball game called episkyros. The game was played primarily by men and sometimes women. Regardless of their gender, the Greeks usually played nude. A marble relief from the National Museum of Archeolo...

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 its doors to the world. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter along with the tournament...

Euro 2004

Group stage 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 the score from a turnover in midfield. In the 51-st minute, Basinas dou...

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 midfield. Even the bald goalkeeper Barthez committed nearly no mistakes allowing only t...

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 derby - rivalry draw - tie equalizer - goal that evens the score extra time - overtim...

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