Soccer Player Skill Development

SenseBall…The Football Training Revolution

senseballLooking to improve your touch on a soccer ball?

In order to have more time on the ball and to have the essentially slow down for you need to have the best touch on the ball. The best and most elite players have a great touch on the ball. This allows them to play the game and make better decisions without having to spend time controlling the ball and reacting to situations around them.

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How to become a master

Canadian journalist, author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 rule where he says if you want to become a master in anything then you must practice for 10,000 hours. Now 10,000 hours is a long time and will require a lot of hard work but let’s break this down and look at some professionals who did this. Afterward, it won’t be such a surprise that they became the best in  their field.

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Tips from the one and only Eric Cantona

How often do you stay after training to work on a specific part of your game? Do you do this at all? If not, start incorporating this into your training routine and you’ll quickly notice an improvement in the skill you’re working on and you’re confidence on the pitch. Start by training anywhere from 15-30 minutes of an area of your game that is weak or to master an area you’re already strong in. This could be anything from free kicks, penalty shots, dribbling or heading the ball.

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Rivaldo: The Brazilian Zidane

With the outdoor season  getting under way in the coming weeks, I decided to look for some old footage of a great player and try to learn a thing or two. I decided on some footage of Brazilian legend, Rivaldo. We’re all familiar with Rivaldo’s ability as a footballer but when I watched some of the footage I was simply blown away. His touch on the ball is absolutely incredible. There are few players today that play the way he does.

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Controlling the ball out of the air

Controlling the ball when it is rolling to your feet is one thing.  Controlling the ball when it comes in mid-to-high ranges is a lot more difficult.  The reason it is so difficult is because the ball comes in at different trajectories and speeds.  Deciding whether to use your chest, knee or other body part needs to be a split second decision.  If you can learn to how to use all of these body parts effectively, no ball will be too difficult to deal with.

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Ronaldo strikes again

Cristiano Ronaldo has single handily revolutionized the way free kicks are taken.  He has developed a unique technique that has dazzled fans and baffled goalies.  Over the past 4-5 years, he has worked tirelessly to perfect what some refer to as the “knuckle ball.”  In a recent Spanish La Liga match where Ronaldo’s Real Madrid played against Real Valladolid, a free kick was earned approximately 25 yards out from Real Valladolid’s net.  The goalie worked intensely at creating a wall to help him stop what was inevitable: a shot from Ronaldo.  Then this…

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Resurrecting the scorpion kick save

As a goalie, it takes a certain level of bravery and/or stupidity to perform the scorpion kick save. Obviously the goalies in the following video practiced this move in training several times before trying it in a game. As a goalie your sole responsibility is to keep the ball out of the net.  However, if you want to make a name for yourself all you have to do is the scorpion kick. Rene Higuita of Columbia was the first to do it in 1995 and now it was recently duplicated.

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Don’t Forget About Andriy Shevchenko

Ukrainian striker and AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko is a player that is often forgotten when great strikers are discussed yet he is one we can learn much from. It was unfortunate to see him move to Chelsea in the prime of his career and not produce the same results he did while playing for Milan, however, no matter what, we can always learn from a talented player. Shevchenko’s talent and the number of goals he scored in his career (and counting) must be respected.

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