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14.06.07
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A Few Quick Tips

Communicate

When you move into the professional level it becomes even more important to communicate on the field.
Simple directions or alerts, such as ‘man on’ and ‘turn’ or ‘you have time’ make playing so much easier and become more important as the game speeds up at higher levels.
Give it and get the ball – play the ball quickly with one and two touches. You should also be prepared to receive the ball at all times, and want the ball! This kind of energy, wanting to always be involved in the play, puts the other team that much more on their heels. So play simple soccer, get the ball and play it. Look to go forward.

Try to attack the space when have the ball. See if you can draw a defender in and then release the ball just when they close you down.

Shielding

A simple and great exercise is to dribble in a small square and have an opponent try to take the ball from you. Use your body to shield the ball from the defender. Always keep your body between you and the defender. Tell your friend or the person who is acting as the defender to fight for the ball with a game like intensity, pushing you and playing so hard they are almost fouling you. You can add more players and if the defender wins the ball you switch roles. This game can eventually build into a possession game that focuses on shielding. You can call out to stop play now and again which ever team doesn’t have the ball has to do push-ups or a few sprints.

When you can, carry the ball into the open space – all the while shielding the ball from the defender. Carrying the ball with the inside of your foot, this is the where you will get the most control, kind of dragging the ball along as the defender pushes against you. Make sure to bend your knees and have a strong sense about you that this person is not going to get the ball from you. Then, try to work on cutting the ball back and forth. Practice shielding the ball using all parts of both of your feet.

Try shielding the ball for a few yards with the inside of your right foot and playing it to your left and carrying it in the other direction. Next, you can use the sole of your foot to turn or switch directions. Try to use all the different surfaces of your foot without letting the defender get a touch on the ball. Chop and cut the ball back with the inside and outside of both feet. Keep the defense honest by turning and taking the defender on from time to time.

Freeze the Defender

Fake like you’re going to make a long pass or about to take a shot, before receiving the ball – this will freeze the defender who is rushing towards you and give you more time. Simply pull your leg back as if you’re going to play the ball down the field, or, get more animated with it, and throw your shoulders and whole body into selling the fake kick. Either way, this simple move will freeze the on rushing defender. Again, just before you receive the ball (and control it), fake like you’re going to shoot or make a pass by drawing your leg back in the shooting or kicking motion to momentarily freeze the defender.

Switch Play

As a team keep the game flowing by ball swinging the ball from one side to the other to find the best ratio of numbers and the most space. Release pressure by switching the ball.

The Quick Switch – Blind Pass

Dribble to the right with your right foot and then swing a ball to the left, send almost a blind pass. Do the same for the left. Dribble to the left side of the field and swing a ball back to the right side of the field with your left foot. The defender on the other side will not expect the pass. Hopefully you will catch the opposing team sleeping. You are selling the idea that you’re going to the side you’re dribbling towards when in fact you are swinging the ball over to the opposite side. Team mates will adjust to the expectation that a switch is always coming.

Sometimes you can dribble a few times in the opposite direction you really want to play the ball – to throw the defense off – then you swing the ball to the other side of the field. It doesn’t have to be a long switch, just a quick cut back to the other direction can buy you time.

Get the Cross In

As a rule almost, when you have the opportunity, swing in the cross. Do this the next two or three times. Then the fourth time, or when you see the opening, you can take that player on the dribble, beat him or her down the line and cut the ball back to a teammate. Of course, you can always go to goal yourself if the opening is there.

Play with Older Players

Try to find the best game possible near where you live when you are training. To become a great player you should push yourself, and there is no better way to do this than to play with more experienced players.

You can pick up all of their tricks and skills that they have learned over the years. This kind of mentoring process is a huge part of improving your game and often you won’t even realize what subtle skills you’ll pick up, just by watching and playing with better and more experienced players.

Challenge yourself by playing with experienced players when you can. It will speed up your play, make you play stronger, and you will learn from their experience – where to play the ball, when, and where to make runs.

Slow Down

Essentially this is making the easy pass to the open player. It doesn’t mean necessarily slowing down your speed of play, rather it’s letting the ball do the work, and not forcing the play. Keep your mind moving fast and focused. If there is an open player play them the ball. Then when they get closed down they play the ball back to you.
As a young player one of the difficult things to learn is patience. This means things like letting the ball do the work through one and two touch play. Each time you make a pass the defense changes their position and new things open up at different angles on the field – new spaces to run into, dribble, and pass are created when you move the ball.

Quick Decisions

As a professional or collegiate player you won’t have time to dribble or think after getting the ball. Try to know what you are going to do with the ball before you get it. Eventually, playing simple soccer will become automatic when you are involved in the rhythm of the game, wanting and always asking for the ball trying to find the player in the most advantageous position. Two or three short simple passes can lead to someone who is open in a position to make that goal scoring pass or score themselves.
You will need to use your body to shield the ball. Play simple give and goes with your teammates to get out of pressure. Be aware of where you can move or how you can position yourself to help out your teammates. Using your body means dribbling with your left when there is a defender on your right and dribbling and shielding the ball with your right foot when there is a defender on your on your left. If you don’t know you can turn or have time, keep your body between the ball and the defense and get your head up and take a look around. You should always try to know where you are on the field by taking quick looks before you receive the ball.

Hold the ball for a second while I get open or in a better position where I will have more time and can see the field better. This is one of the greatest aspects of the game of soccer, where you work with your teammates to ping the ball around the other team and through the other team, where they can’t even get a touch on the ball before you score a goal.

Control

Thigh: Top of your thigh used to deaden the ball. Used when the ball is hit high in the air. Try to push yourself by hitting the ball to the side when controlling the ball, as if a defender is trying to get the ball or even make a quick pass with your thigh when a ball is played to you in the air.

Chest: Use the upper chest region to deaden the ball. Try to control the ball to the side away from the defender or control the ball up and out in front of you if you have space, so you can make the next pass immediately.

Head: At times used to control the ball to yourself – bringing your head to the ball to deaden it. More often used to flick or re-direct the ball to a teammate.

Inside of the foot: The most common surface area used to control the ball; large surface area.

Outside of the foot: Often used when coming back to receive a ball so as to have your body between you and the defender.
Top of the foot: To deaden the ball from a high pass, goal kick, or punt. See if you can re-direct the ball to yourself to the side and move with the ball.

Controlling the Ball to the Side

Once again you want to make use of your body to protect the ball when receiving a pass from a teammate. Turn your body to the side. So your hips are not open to the person who is playing you the ball but to the side you want to receive the ball. Receive the ball at an angle with the outside of your foot. Using the outside of your foot to control the ball is rare, most often used when you are tightly marked and checking back to the ball. Forwards sometimes check back to the ball at an angle so they can turn their defender. Normally you want to use the inside of your foot to control the ball so you can make a quick return pass.
Turn to the right if you are going to control the ball and make a pass with your right foot and the opposite for your left. This way your body is between you and the defender. Be conscious of controlling the ball a little bit in front of you so you can make a pass or take a shot with your next step. This is knowing what you want to do with the ball before you receive it.

Control the Ball Out in Front of You

Control the ball out in front of you. Using your body to protect the ball, you are making use of the space given to you. When you have space, play the ball ahead of yourself to a degree so you can get your head up and make a play with your next few steps. This is controlling the ball into the open space. If you are a defender and you receive a pass with loads of time and open space in front of you, just after someone has switch the ball from the other side of the field you can even control the ball five or six yards out in front of you so you are ready to attack the space and make your next pass. By doing this you can get your head up and see the entire field. You are not back on your heels but pushing the ball forward when you receive the ball.

Whether you control the ball to the right or to the left or straight ahead, you have time and space, controlling the ball a few feet in front of you gives you a chance to play the ball quickly since your next step can be a pass or a shot, and the ball is not tangled up in your feet.

When you control the ball too close to your body you will have to take another touch to set yourself up to make a pass. This extra touch gives the defense another chance to adjust and close you down and you will miss seeing a teammate making a run since you are busy trying to get the ball out in front of you to make a pass. First touch is key. Make it sharp and a little bit out in front of you so you can see the field and make the next play. Of course, there are exceptions, and times you want to control the ball close to you.

The Half Turn

When you are in the midfield you should position your body so you can connect with the forwards. You can accomplish this by not having your back to the forwards, that is usually their role, midfielders should try to be half-turned and facing one of the sidelines. This way you can view both the back line, if they are trying to make a pass to you, and the forwards to see where they are making a run.

When you play on the wing or in a position along the touchline you should open yourself to the field – in a position to see the whole field and receive the ball. Again instead of having your back facing the forwards you can turn your shoulder towards the outside touchline in this way you are open to the field.

Movements:

Forwards

One forward should sit closer to the midfielders while the other tries to stretch the defense (standing next to the last player on the other team, usually the sweeper). With this alignment, the first forward can check back to the ball and then cut inside if he doesn’t receive the ball.

The player with the ball (let’s say the right back) can then play the ball inside to the first forward or to the forward who is posting up deeper into their opponents area. The post up forward can either try to receive the ball while he or she posts up or check towards the ball after the other forward makes the initial run back to the ball. The first forward then takes up the deeper position. Checking in and out and exchanging positions makes up the movement of the forwards.

The two forwards are aligned in a pair in the center of the field and the closest forward checks back to the ball at an angle, to the right or left. If he or she is marked then he or she can cut into the middle to receive the ball. They must keep running and rotate back to the post-up position.

It is really two runs: checking back to the ball, and then if that isn’t on, making a run back into the middle. Meanwhile, the other, posting up forward, can check back to the ball, and the other forward spins to offer support.

Midfielders

With quick check back runs towards the ball midfielders can get open. These can be five or ten yard runs back to the ball, to the side or into the attack. It could even just be bringing your marker into an area where you don’t want the ball so you can run into the space where you want the ball. Walking away a few yards and then darting back to the ball.

Back Door Cuts

If your defender is too tight you can fake like your checking back to receive the ball and then make a run into the attack.
Checking back to the ball, you see that the defender is too close, invite them to mark you tightly so you can sneak into the space behind them. Make this a quick burst behind the defender.

Defenders

Defensive movements are mostly in support and cover positions. As on offense you are moving in to position to relieve pressure and switch the ball into an open area of the field. Although defenders can often get into attack by overlapping or making delayed runs when the time is right.

On defense you want your team to be compact and on offense you want to open up and expand. As a compact unit you can close down a certain area and win the ball and still have time to get back if the other team makes a long pass to the other side of the field. As a defender you want to run back towards your goal – re-group and defend as a unit.

1. It starts with one person pressuring the ball so the offensive player has to make a decision and can’t get his or her head up.
2. Then a cover person who lets the pressuring person know if her or she should try to win the ball.
3. Next, is a organized compact unit letting those ahead of them know where players are around them and which direction they should steer them so the unit can win the ball.

Ideal Performance State

Relaxed readiness – possessing energy without tension – calm, loose, and responsive to the pressures of the game.

Techniques:

  • Get a good sweat going before the game
  • Stretch
  • Breath
  • Excite – music and video
  • Eat well and get a good amount of sleep
  • Massage – helpful after an intense workout
  • Visualization – map out in your mind positive actions
  • Be fit and prepared
  • Set goals for the season
  • Work hard
  • Do something decisive (make a tackle, shield the ball strongly from an opponent, clear the ball, or go seek out the ball and get involved)

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