When you are dribbling the ball, it is extremely important that the ball stays very close to your foot at all times. Your foot should act as a velcro to the ball. But why is this? Whats the benefit of dribbling this way?
Every off-season should be used to work on your weaknesses. Ask your coach and feelow teammates for feedback as to what areas of your game you need to improve. You may already have an idea which areas they are.
Pressure. Coping with it is one of the most difficult things to master. It is especially difficult to deal with in big games, as Goalden’s own Phil talks about here. In soccer, it often turns players who are really good in practice, into players who choke in the game…they simply can’t produce. Pressure will force you to make decisions that you otherwise wouldn’t in a normal state of mind/body.
Many soccer players feel that if they can successfully dribble one or two defenders they have done their job. This is especially true for wingers. However, there are a few things to consider if you are a winger that can help you become a very dangerous player. These are simple but effective parts of the wingers role. They can also be used for other positions of the field including central midfield but can be used most often on the wing.
When playing soccer it is important to develop the skills and mindset necessary to create offensive opportunities for yourself and your teammates rather just playing the game. What I mean by this is to be a game changer.
Many wingers think their sole responsibility is to run up and down the field, take throw-ins, corner kicks and be fast. However, there is more to being a midfield winger than this. Depending on the formation your team plays you will have different duties.
4-4-2: in this formation the wingers’ main offensive responsibility is to provide through-balls to the forwards, cross the ball into the 18 yard box when in the attacking third of the field, attack defenders with the ball and a lot of runs off the ball to receive passes from your teammates, specifically center midfielders.
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“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.