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The difference between strength & muscle building

It is very important for soccer players to develop their muscles.  It becomes even more important as you are in your final teen years and entering adulthood.   When I say develop your muscles I’m referring to spending time in the gym working with weights.  As you age, your bodies are more able to carry muscle and this should be taken advantage of otherwise you’ll be at a disadvantage from the competition.

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Shooting rebounds off of corners

The intention of a corner kick is to score off of a header or rebound.  However, often times though the ball is cleared out to the top of the 18-yard box.  The offensive player standing there is now able to have a direct shot on net.  These shots should almost always result in a goal.  Take advantage of these opportunities and make the best of them.

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Take notes on your coaches methods

You never know when if you’ll be coaching one day.  If so, wouldn’t it be great to have a binder full of exercises and training sessions already prepared?  If you don’t plan on coaching, it still wouldn’t hurt to take notes of what you did as this is a great way to continually learn about the game of soccer.  You’ll also be able to track your progress more accurately.

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Think your cardio is good? Think again…

Do you think you’re in good shape?  Good enough shape to run 12km in a 90 minute soccer game if you play center midfield?  If you play the wing, are you ready to make fifty 35-yard sprints up and down the field?  These are some of the distances and speeds professional soccer players will run.

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Heading the ball in midfield

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:

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Shooting from 40 yards out

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.

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5 Steps to get out of a slump

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.

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Weight Training for Soccer Players

More often than ever before soccer athletes are incorporating weight training as part of their overall training program to become the best soccer player they can be.  There are countless exercise routines that soccer players can use.  What is important to address is that a weight training program should not remain the same throughout the entire year.  There will be different recommended sets and weight based on off-season, pre-season or mid-season training. 

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Duties of the Roaming Midfielder

A reader asked if I could write on the position of the roaming center midfielder.  The roaming center midfielder position typically not a position that a person can say they play each and every game.  It is a position that is only used in certain formations and to be played against certain teams.  The player that plays this position is often a very skilled and offensive minded player.

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Goalies: How to save a penalty shot

Different goalies look for different tells when trying to stop a penalty shot. Some watch the ball, some watch the player and others just guess. Although, in the end, every time you try to stop a penalty shot you are guessing which way to dive (or not dive), there are certain things to look for that can help you make an educated guess.

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The key to Playing Winning Soccer

The KNVB, Royal Dutch Football Association, is one of the most decorated and respected football associations of all time.  They have produced the likes of Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Clarence Seedorf, Wesley Sneijder, and the list goes on and on.  More importantly, however, the KNVB is known for the style of soccer it promotes: they encourage technical excellence.  There was a period in the 1970’s when the KNVB was playing beautiful soccer, but they were not winning anything.  During that period they played their rivals – the Germans – and lost numerous times but suggested they were satisfied because they played a nicer game.

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Pass, Pass, Pass…Pass the ball

My current soccer coach is a Brazilian named Bento.  Read more on Bento by clicking here.  Bento barely speaks English, however, his small vocabulary of the English language actually simplifies what he’s trying to express and as a result many players have a better understanding of what he is asking.