Football is considered the most popular game in the world. To be successful in this sport, athletes need to develop certain important skills from an early age. Young soccer players who are in the U9 to U11 age group need to learn these three essential skills to become an impact player in the future.
In soccer, if a player does not know how to dribble a ball, he cannot play the game. Dribbling is the most basic and important of all soccer skills. It is defined as the ability to carry the ball past the opponent while taking full control of the soccer ball. Dribbling serves three purposes: beat the defender, accelerate through space, and avoid pressure. To develop good dribbling technique you need to:
• Make soft contact (called “touch”) with the soccer ball
• Always keep the ball close to your feet
• Use the edge of the foot to dribble at a gallop
• Practice changing your dribbling pace
• Use your body to protect the ball as the defender approaches
• Practice an indoor-outdoor dribbling exercise through the cones with both feet.
Passing the ball to teammates plays a big role in a football game. The ability to properly pass the ball to your teammates is an essential skill that all football players should learn from an early age. The best football players are often the best passers. There are three football passes: Standard Pass, Chip Pass and Loft Pass. Follow these soccer passing tips to master this skill:
• Develop a vision to see the passage of time
• Master all three football passes
• Try to spend more to be more efficient on the pitch
• The faster you pass the ball, the less time your opponent will have to interrupt you.
• Put the right rhythm on the ball by passing it to your teammate
The ability to receive a soccer ball determines a player’s effectiveness. If a player has a good first touch, he / she will have more time to dribble and shoot. The technique of receiving a ball on the ground is quite different from receiving in the air.
Follow these tips when you get a ball on the ground:
• Keep an eye on the ball and choose the foot with which to receive it
• Receive the ball with one foot with the ankle locked
• Don’t stop just after receiving the ball. Instead, prepare for the next action: dribble, shoot or pass
Follow these tips when receiving a balloon in the air:
• Keep your eyes on the ball and read the speed and direction of the ball
• Decide which part of your body (thigh, head, foot or chest) you will use to control the ball.
• Receive the ball and cushion it with your body part to slow it down. Prepare for the next move.