Soccer Training & Fitness

The key to running with the ball

This may sound obvious but there is a fundamental principle to running with the ball that many players don’t take advantage of. Whether you are running with the ball for 15 yards or longer the key point is to attack the open space. If you see two defenders not close together, then this is a great opportunity to pierce that hole by attacking the open space.  

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The Secret to the Step Over

We’ve all seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo from Brazil perform the step over. When this move is well executed it can put any defender on their back heels and thus give you advantage going forward with the ball. There is a key to this move that is often overlooked by many players. Some do it instinctively while others only at times. However, if you do this all the time you will always have the advantage.

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The Final Moment Before You Shoot

The final moment before you shoot on net will greatly determine how accurate your shot will be and how likely you are to score. Many players don’t even look to see where the goalie is positioned and often strike the ball as hard as they can and hope for the best. However, there is a routine you should get in the habit of doing each and every time right before you shoot the ball which will increase your scoring chances every time.

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Sport Specific Running for Soccer

Too many soccer players don’t run enough on their own time. They rely solely on the training done with their team. Each team trains a different amount of time depending on how serious they are a team but the reality is most players could run more than they currently do. They could also improve the sport specific training required to maximize their soccer abilities.

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The Ronaldinho Flip Flap

Watching this move at full speed the way Ronaldinho does it is unbelievable. Ronaldinho is by far the best player in the world to do the flip flap. However, many players make the mistake of seeing it and thinking they can’t do it. Few players train to perfect this move and never add it to their bag of tricks. This move, like many of Ronaldinho’s other moves, originate from futsal. Therefore, futsal is a great place to practice this move. However, the move is surprisingly more deceiving than it is difficult. Below I have shared a few tips to get help you started so that soon you can do the flip flap. 

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The Perfect Goal

The Brazilian national soccer team that won the 1970 World Cup in Mexico was a team that we can always learn from. They played some of the best possession and attacking football seen to this day.

Watch the build up and finally triumphant goal that Carlos Alberto scored off the Pele assist in the 1970 world cup versus Italy. The Brazilian players were calm and collective with the ball in their defense third all the way into the offensive third before the goal was scored. What an incredible play to witness. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to be in the stadium and witness this moment of history with my own eyes.

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Resting injuries versus doing physio

A friend recently told me that he wouldn’t be able to train because his ankle was still hurting him. This is the same ankle injury he’s had almost all season. He told me he rested the ankle earlier in the season and then it felt better. Once he started training again he hurt it all over again. Now he’s been resting it for almost a month (the second time around). He hasn’t trained at all but says he still feels pain in his ankle.

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