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Training

Get tips on soccer training, skills and fitness
Dribbling

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

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...

Barrieu: “Nothing’s 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...

Dribbling Moves


Basic moves This is a simple, but very effective move. You start by pushing the ball to the inside using your instep and then you immediately accelerate in...

Practicing Against the Wall


Trapping drills This is a basic trapping exercise where you strike the ball against the wall and control it as it comes back. You can practice trapping with...

Drills: Receiving the Ball


Receiving into space Set up two cones approximately 16 meters (19 yards) apart. Begin by standing at one end, with your back towards the other cone. Flick the...
Soccer Warmup

Soccer Warmup


Circulation Before any type of exercise, start with a light massage to the poorly circulated parts of the body like the ankles, calves and arms. This is especially...

Treating Soccer Injuries


Soccer injuries can be very frustrating, especially when untreated. Not being able to play at 100 percent can affect the morale of a player so remember that patience...

Nutrition and Diet


Eating the wrong thing can affect your fitness quite dramatically. Try to consume carbohydrate-rich meals two to three days prior to an upcoming game. It is recommended to...

Aerobic Training


During aerobic activity, your body supplies the muscles with most of the oxygen lost during work. The muscles require oxygen for the oxidation of fat and carbohydrates. In...
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