Shooting and Kicking

Most players assume that producing a good, powerful shot depends on striking a particular part of the ball. Actually, the important thing is driving the knee of your kicking leg in the direction of your target and following through. A good follow-through, involves lunging forward and landing on your kicking foot.


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 creates new passing options so always keep your head up while you dribble.

Ball Control

There are two types of control: trapping and receiving. Trapping usually means stopping or settling the ball at your feet. Receiving or "directional control" means directing the ball into space, away from the body. Good footballers can settle the ball into space, even when under pressure.


Ideally, you want to try playing in different positions and see where you fit best. Just remember that there may be a difference between your favorite position and the one where you are most effective.


Passing to the feet of a teammate is useful in close quarters. When your teammate is marked, the ball should be directed to his foot that is farther away from the marker. Passing the ball into space increases the speed of the game. If you see a teammate running, always look for open space in front of him where the ball can be played.


Skillful defenders can read and anticipate their opponent's moves. Typically, when the attacker has the ball at his feet you have to jockey him. To contain or jockey an attacker means to position yourself in front of him and wait until he releases the ball far enough for you to tackle or intercept. Never charge at the ball unless you are absolutely sure that you will win it.