A reader emailed in the question “where should I head the ball in my own end and in midfield?” Many players simply head the ball to make contact but there is much more to heading the ball than that. Below are a few tips on heading the ball:
Everyone, at one point or another, has been introduced to the magical skill of some of the best soccer players ever to grace the game. The 1986 World Cup saw Maradona take on an entire team from half field and score a goal for the ages. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi essentially copy & pasted Maradona’s effort and went through an entire team to score an almost identical goal. Ronaldinho has pranced through so many players and teams that its difficult to pinpoint just one effort. But where my girls at?
Receiving the ball at your feet as a defender, midfielder or forward yield different scenarios and expectations from each position. Nonetheless, one basic rule should always be practiced by every player on the field: never stop the ball directly in front of you – push it slightly in one direction.
Part of our experience, while in Amsterdam, Holland, included a 3 hour training session with one of the most respected Dutch coaches in the area. As we approached the training facility, we were blown away.
Christiano Ronaldo has been ordained as one of the best free kick takers of all time. His unique approach to striking the ball during a free-kick has left goalies baffled and players envious. There are 3 simple tips that, if practiced continuously, can be the catalyst for your shot to become a rocket. Here are the tips that no one else is willing to share.
Many players spend a lot of time preparing themselves for a training session and games by improving their diet and changing their lifestyle. This helps them perform at their best. However, many players also forget about how to treat their body post-games. What you eat and drink after a game is just as important if not more important that what you have before a game…
Basics, basics, basics, yet many players still make this error. For whatever reason many soccer don’t lead their teammate with the pass. It can be the most frustrating thing because when poorly execute it can result in a lost possession, counter attack or offensive individual effort.
How often do you shoot on net from 40 yards out? I’m not talking about 25 yards or even 35 yards. I’m talking, literally shooting from 40 yards out. Perfecting the shot from this distance can help any player become a very dangerous shooter from anywhere outside the box.
For those of you who are NFL fans, you will have watched Chris Berman and the cast of ESPN Primetime this past season covering, and commenting on, many football games. A portion of their broadcast would often be dedicated to issues and events – on and off the field – that make you say C’Mon Man. Each cast member would pick an event or a happening that either made them laugh or made them want to hold their head in their hands, show it on air, then finish by saying C’Mon Man.
Face it…winning on a technically is nothing to be proud about! Each year there are soccer teams that win because of off-field protests. This happens at all levels of the game. Red cards are over turned, yellow cards are overturned, protests regarding player eligibility come to the forefront, certain games have to be replayed and the list goes on and on.
Most athletes go through a slow period or slump throughout their careers. Often time’s athletes don’t know why they have gone in the slump or how they got out of it. Some athletes “ride it out” and wait for the better days to come but there are a number of things you can do to help your situation. Below are just a few.
The 4-5-1 formation has become an increasingly established European formation. Coaches and teams alike in Europe have proved it is – if played correctly – one of the most effective soccer formations.
Some of the notable teams that use this formation are:
- Spanish, European and world champions FC Barcelona;
- English Premier League champions and European runners-up Chelsea FC; and
- AC Milan of the Italian Serie A among others.