More people are looking for information on soccer drills in the recent years, as soccer’s popularity gains global traction. Many are mesmerized by the skills shown by top professionals and are eager to learn them.
Soccer is widely accepted as being the most popular sport in the world, and is being played by the biggest number of people around the globe – with more than 250 Million people enjoy this sport professionally (see FIFA Bigcount: http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/bigcount/).
The emergence of world class soccer players meant that this sport further increases popularity daily, and more children decide to learn soccer in the early stages of their lives. Even in the United States, which barely enjoyed soccer on a professional level before the 90’s, now has 13 million Americans playing this sport either professionally or casually.
With this number growing since 2006, more and more parents are signing up their children to soccer schools / camps, where they can learn soccer drills and skills that will make them play better.
Warm Up Before Soccer Drills
There are multiple components in the soccer training that are worth paying special attention to — dribbling, passing, shooting, movement and fitness/condition. The ability to work in a team kind of represents itself and it is one of the skills you must also pay close attention to.
Now, in order to fully prepare yourself a thorough stretching is a must, since you’d want to prevent injuries and cramps during play. Since legs are the most you use in soccer, you might want to give that part of your body a special attention.
This is a very good video explaining the active warm-up before soccer drills / games:
Leading The Ball
Leading (guiding, directing, or controlling) the ball is a core and most important drill in the world of soccer. Properly leading the ball is the absolute basic for any other drill such as passing, dribbling or even shooting.
One of the earliest problems when you start to play soccer is that you need to look down to the ball. It is very important to shake off this sub-consciousness and kind of have a new one – that the ball is glued to your feet and that it can’t go from there.
Setting up a set of cones on the field and move between those cones is a great way to start.
Passing The Ball
Soccer drills are best done in series and the ultimate goal is to adjust the body to that movement, and make it to perfection. Passing the ball is one of the very basics of the game. Of course, everyone knows how to pass the ball, but adjusting the strength and accuracy of the ball is something else.
Every drill has a prop and in soccer that prop is a cone. Cones can be used in passing drills by placing two cones couple of feet in front of you, and then attempt to pass the ball between those cones.
As you make progress, the cones are supposed to go even further from you to increase the accuracy as well. Successfully passing a ball is the absolute essential move to any sport, and soccer is surely one of them.
If you look at the facts, the team that usually (we stress that it’s usually, but not always) wins a soccer match is that one with higher ball possession during the 90 minutes. One of the key ways to keep the possession at a higher level is through dribbling.
To control the ball, you must learn to lead the ball without looking at it. Focusing just on the player ahead of you is the crucial step for a successful dribble. If you ever look at a famous dribbler like Neymar, Ronaldo or Di Maria, notice that they operate with both legs.
In order for you to achieve that, try leading the ball sideways with your weaker leg, and then with your stronger leg. This soccer drill is highly useful because it occupies three different soccer drills: leading the ball, controlling it, strengthens your weaker leg in both leading and dribbling and also controlling.
Obviously to win a match you’ll have to score more than your opponent. The goals are scored in soccer by shooting, and the abovementioned soccer drills are just guidelines and fundamentals for the final touch – shooting and scoring.
Since it is obvious that the defenders of the opposition team won’t let you just shoot at towards their goal, you must dribble your way to the shooting position. In order to practice these two skills combined, we will use – you guessed it – a cone. Just place the two cones in front of the goal, so that you lead the ball towards them, dribble it and then place your shot.
To perfect your shot, you can find a special net with holes in the corners of the goal, which are usually hard-to-save spots for the goalkeeper. Professional players, especially long-range and free kick takers do this soccer drills regularly, since it helps them target the position the keeper can’t possibly catch the ball.
If there is a group of people, you can also simulate this scenario and the rest of the team can be the defenders, which will try to prevent you from shooting.
Strategy plays a very important role in the world of soccer. Many teams’ greatest strengths is their manager and their way of communication. To make sure that the opposition’s team does not understand you, come up with some special signs, which are only recognizable by your team. Signs for “press”, “cool of”, “long pass”, “watch your back” etc. We understand that this kind of soccer drills is not a physical one, but it is equally important to the overall game.
In this article we have compiled a list of most common soccer drills that are useful and important in the first step of understanding the game. There are many more drills that are not featured in this article, such as fitness preparations, warm-up, defending, which we’ll discuss in other articles.
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