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Clearing the ball in the defensive end

Clearing the ball in the defensive end is not enough.  When you clear the ball you have to have purpose.  This is especially true when clearing the ball from corner kicks.  Many players make the mistake of clearing the ball up the middle of the field…we all know where those clearances usually end up: right back into your net.  Here are 3 tips to make sure you effectively clear the ball every time.

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Use the off-season to get better

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.

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Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

How to defend a Corner-Kick

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Corner-kicks are one of those dimensions of a soccer game that seem to be over-looked and under-appreciated for whatever reason.  Simply put, they are one of the most effective ways to create a goal scoring opportunity.  Many teams, at various levels of the game, take time to setup a plan as to where players should run and where the ball should be placed.  There are numerous tactics and different approaches to setup a play to score a goal.  But what about defending a corner-kick?

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Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Training & Fitness

6 Over-looked Skills – What are they?

You’re a good dribbler, you have an accurate shot, your conditioning is top notch. You are a great team player and do whatever the coach asks of you. However, in games there are situations you fall short in certain areas.  Perfecting these areas of skill will ultimately separate you as one of the better players. It is important to educate yourself in these areas so that you become a complete player. Below are some of the skills individual players perform very poorly. I have shared some tips on how you can improve in these areas.  

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Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Training & Fitness

Heads Up (Learning Key Heading Skills)

Heading the soccer ball is one of the most essential skills to learn in the game of soccer. It is crucial for defensive players to clear balls in the box, midfielders to win critical aerial battles and attackers to be able to head the ball past an opposing keeper to score a goal.