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…

Soccer freestyle tutorial

Hold your mouse over any move to see an animation. Special thanks to our forum members 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

General principles 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…

Finishing and shooting

General principles Placement, power and surprise When you’re close to the goalkeeper, the focus should be on placement. Good placement requires composure and knowing the position of 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…

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…

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…

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…

World Cup 1994

XV World Cup Tournament In 1994, the World Cup was held outside of Europe or South America for the first time in history. Hosting the World Cup was…

Mike Delaney: “The most important thing is the audience”

Mike Delaney is a respected freestyler and former footballer from England. You’ve probably seen him on TV starring in the popular Adidas and Pepsi commercials. Mike was gracious…

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…

Soccer Formations

There is no ideal formation. From a coaching perspective, “the best” formation is the one that best suits the players on your squad. 4-4-2 This is a very…

Shooting technique mechanics

The instep drive Most players assume that producing an accurate shot depends on striking a particular part of the ball. Actually, the important thing is driving your foot…

World Cup Winners

Year Host Winner Runner-up Result 2022 Qatar 2018 Russia 2014 Brazil ¬†Germany ¬†Argentina ¬†0-0 (1-0 a.e.t.) 2010 South Africa Spain Holland 0-0 (1-0 a.e.t.) 2006 Germany Italy France…

Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona was born as the fifth of eight children in the slums of Villa Fiorito near Buenos Aires. He entered professional football at the astonishing age…

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane was born in France on the 23-rd of June 1972. His parents of Algerian descent had a total of five children. As a kid, school was…