How to Play Soccer For Beginners

How to Play Soccer For Beginners

1 . Soccer

Soccer, also known as football everywhere besides the U.S., Canada and Australia, is a fun, competitive game. It is the most played sport in the world, with over 200 million players in about 200 countries. Now, it is referred to as the beautiful game because of its dazzling degrees of technical skill, team play, and individual contribution. If you re serious about playing soccer, know that you re going to have to train harder, longer, and faster than your opponents, and always have a ball on hand. (Maybe you ll sleep with a ball instead of a pillow.) So what are you waiting for? Read this article and you will learn how to play this wonderful sport.

2 . Learn how to dribble

Dribbling is controlling the ball while running. If you want to keep the ball in your team s possession, you re going to need to dribble well. Dribbling is all about touching the ball strong enough to carry it forward, but light enough so that it stays by your side ? and away from opponents.

  • Learn to dribble at different speeds. When you re running down the sideline and you ve beaten your man, your dribbling will look a lot different from when you re taking on a defender head on.
  • When you re dribbling slower, you usually keep the ball close to your side at all times. This way a defender has to make a move to take the ball away.
  • When you re dribbling faster, you can sometimes kick the ball further away and run to the ball. This is usually if you ve already beaten your enemy. You do this because most players can run quicker off the ball than they can dribbling it.
  • 3 . Learn how to pass

    Passing is all about putting the ball exactly where you want it. In order to pass a soccer ball, kick the ball using the inside of your foot. This will give you less power but more accuracy. Once you master the basic pass, you can then try to slice and hook the ball in order to pass it to one of your teammates.

  • Pay attention to where your planter foot is placed. Your planter foot should be right next to the ball, your toe pointed in the direction you want the ball to travel.
  • Anticipate where a player is going to be. Because you re often going to be passing on the fly, kicking the ball to an open space where you want your teammate to be is essential. If your teammate is running, always kick the ball ahead of them so that they can run to the ball.
  • 4 . Know how to shoot

    If you re really close to the goal and all you need is accuracy, you can shoot using the sweet spot of the inside of your shoe, like a pass, but usually, you re going to be farther away and will need power as well as accuracy,of course.

  • Set your planter foot and aim the toe of the planter foot to where you want the shot to travel and always have a slight look at the target before you shoot.
  • You don t have to get much of a running start, but you do want to bring your foot back, bending it as you do in order to get more power.
  • Hit the ball on the middle laces of your shoe, with your foot pointed down at the ground. Keep your foot pointed down at the ground as you follow through.
  • Use your hips to swing through the ball. Bring your foot across your body if necessary to generate even more power. This should cause both feet to lift from the ground.
  • 5 . Think about moving off the ball

    Some estimates say that professional soccer players run 6 to 8 miles (9.7 to 12.9?km) during a 90 minute game.[1] That s a lot of running. It doesn t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a lot of the running you ll be doing is when you don t have the ball. Learn how to get into open space, how to run to where to your teammate expects or wants you to be, and how to run past a defender who s guarding you.

    6 . Learn how to defend

    Defending the goal is an underrated achievement. It can be extremely difficult staying on your man or getting the ball away from your man. There are three basic things that you need to remember when guarding a player in soccer:

  • Don t be fooled by feints, tricks, or jukes: keep your eye on the ball. A good soccer player will try to juke or feint with their body in order to get past you. They re hoping that what they do with their body will distract you from what they re going to do with the ball. Don t let this happen. Keep your eyes on the ball at all times, not on the player.
  • Stay in between the ball and the goal. In other words, don t let the ball get behind you. This is harder than it sounds. It s a delicate balance keeping enough pressure on the ball and giving the person who s attacking enough space so that they don t get behind you.
  • Learn to anticipate the dribble. Right after an attacker hits the ball on the dribble ? that s the time when try to hit the ball away. This is called anticipating the dribble, and it s essential for knocking the ball from an attacking player. Just be sure not to lunge and miss; you re vulnerable when you do this!
  • 7 . Get comfortable heading the ball

    Try hitting the ball with your head right where your hair meets your forehead. Do not use the top of your head! When getting ready to head the ball, don t lift your head back; move your upper torso back instead. This will give you more power and won t strain your neck as much.

    8 . Learn how to juggle

    Juggling is very hard to master but an important part of the game. Truth be told, you won t need to juggle very often in a game, but knowing how to juggle does several things:

  • It helps you control a ball that s coming at you from the air. Not all passes are on the ground. The ones that aren t will need to be intercepted and controlled by some form of juggling.
  • Juggling helps improve your touch on the ball. If you know how to juggle your touch on the ball becomes a lot more sensitive. Your first touch on the ball is extremely important in soccer.
  • Juggling will help you use both feet better. Learning how to juggle is an exercise is using your non dominant foot better. The best soccer players in the world can use both feet as dominant feet.
  • 9 . Learn how to use your non dominant foot

    It s really important to be able to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball with your non dominant foot. Good defenders will take away your dominant foot and force you to play with your non dominant foot. If you can t use your non dominant foot, you ll be playing with a handicap.

    Practice only using your non dominant foot during practice or when you shoot or juggle by yourself. Accustoming your body to the muscle memory is an important part of being fluent in your non dominant foot.

    10 . Practice taking corner kicks and free kicks

    You want to be able to send corner kicks right in the middle of the penalty area, usually up in the air so that a teammate can head the ball in. Free kicks can either be taken quickly and simply passes to a nearby teammate, or you can organize a set play where you kick the ball in a certain area while your teammates execute a play.

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