Soccer Player Skill Development

Forward movement for Forwards

Many players want to be a forward in the game soccer for the obvious reason scoring goals and having the glory that comes with each goal.  As you develop as a soccer player you will feel more comfortable in certain roles.  You will also begin to see true forwards emerge.  Ones that kind find a way to score no matter their speed, size or skill level.  When you develop a scoring touch you immediately separate yourself from the rest of your teammates.  Remember, the ball is round and anything can happen therefore you must be prepared for any possibilities. 

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Skill Development – Shielding the Ball


The clock is ticking, your team is holding on to a slim one goal lead and YOU get ball possession deep in your own half. Do you try to move the ball forward ? Pass the ball to a fellow player ?

NO !!

Professionals learn to shield a ball. It is one of the most important soccer techniques used to keep possession in a tight space.

What is Shielding ?

When a player in possession of the ball puts his body between the ball and the opposing player creating a physical barrier. This ball protection is called shielding.

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Ronaldo’s Dribbling Secrets

“Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I’d tell her I was going to school but I’d be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.” – Ronaldo

A skilled dribbler like Ronaldo can destroy even the best-organized defenses and embarrass opponents with slick footwork and improvisation. His perfected technique, combined with strength, control, speed, and awareness of other players on the field make him an masterful dribbler that leaves his fans in awe.

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Goalkeeping 101


Reflexes – This is the speed that the goalkeeper is able to react to a situation and/or a ball.

Pressure Decisions – Decisions made under pressure sometimes lead to wrong actions like coming out of the box to soon or trying to tackle a ball from an attacker when you have a defender in the area. Bad goalkeeper decisions lead to goals.

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