Soccer Training

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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 and change direction while keeping it under control. To accelerate, don't kick the ball farther away from your body....

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 attacker. There are two types of control: receiving and trapping. Receiving means directing the ball into space...
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 depends on balance and composure. It takes a lot of practice and repetition when learning any technique, so the following tutorial...

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 now holds a Masters in Sports Science as well as a number of coachi...

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 have an incredible sense of timing who are going to jump at the right moment... I...

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 the opposite direction. The trick is to switch direction as quickly as possible so the d...

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 different parts of the body such as the foot, thigh or chest. Focus on...

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 ball over your head, then turn and run into its path. Don't slow down at the moment of co...
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 important in cold weather. The active warmup should begin with 8-10 minutes of light jogg...

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 is key when treating and recovering from injuries. Types of soccer injuries When...

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 stay away from fried, fatty or spicy foods within 24 hours of kick-off. To make sur...

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 order to maintain this balance and keep the muscles supplied with oxygen, the rate...
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