What is a skill in soccer?
Before answering that question, keep in mind that if you have just started playing soccer(aka football) or you are just curious about what a skill is, then you are in the best place to learn it.
There is always something new to learn in the soccer world.
What is a skill in soccer? Where to begin with those skills? What to work on? How do you improve? And what’s most important?
In this article, you are going to have an answer to those different questions and learn the most basic soccer skills for beginners.
Let’s get started.
- What is a skill in soccer?
- Basic soccer skills for beginners
- Beating the goalie
- Passing and receiving
- Controlling a difficult ball
- Taking the ball with you
- Protecting the ball
What Is Skill In Soccer?
In soccer, a skill is an individual ability to master a specific technique or trick and use it to your advantage when you are facing your opponents. A skill can be anything you can do on the pitch. This can be passing, dribbling, shooting, Finishing, bicycle kicks, Rabona kick, etc.
There are several skills in soccer. But you don’t have to master them all.
Most pro soccer players only master two or three of those skills. So, don’t worry about mastering them all.
Although you don’t need to master them all, you need to know and learn at least the most basic skills.
Basic Soccer Skills For Beginners
Here are 5 most important soccer skills for any beginner player:
A/ Beating the goalkeeper
Many strikers tend to struggle a lot when it comes to beating the goalkeeper.
If you are a beginner player who wants to score, the first thing you should work on is shooting far away from the goalkeeper into the corners of the goal.
The corners of the goals should always be your friends. So, you always have to target them.
And when you are just getting started, the best way to do that is to use the inside of your foot to shoot.
Also, when you are facing the goalkeeper on one vs one, preferably you want to shoot before you get too close to the goalie.
If you are really close to the goalkeeper, shooting to the corners might be very difficult as the keeper can easily block any shoot.
Now you understand the importance of shooting a little further away as your angle is much larger and you have more space to pass the ball into the corners.
Note that this is not only for strikers. Everyone on the pitch should be able to score a goal no matter their position.
So, do not have in your mind that only strikers should practice shooting.
B/ Passing and Receiving
This is without any doubt the most important skill for any beginning player.
Have you ever heard the saying that says “the best playing style is to pass the ball”? Well, that’s so true.
It may sound so easy but keep in mind that if you are not able to control the ball or pass it properly, it might be difficult for your teammates to trust and pass you the ball.
Next, when you receive a pass, use the inside of your foot once again to control the ball right in front of you. This will make it easier to pass the ball again.
C/ Controlling a difficult ball
The point is most balls are not going to be perfect. You should not always expect the ball to come and find you. So, be ready to control different types of passes.
Note that if you can’t control a ball that’s slightly too challenging, your teammates will certainly avoid passing to you.
To improve your controls, have a friend throwing you the ball at diverse angles, speeds and highs. Keep your feet moving and try to get the ball on the ground and under control as quickly as possible.
Note that you can also do the same with a wall.
D/ Taking the ball with you
Sometimes you will have to do more than just receive and pass the ball.
You might be in a situation where there’s a lot of space. So, you should be able to keep the ball with you and dribble a few players.
Of course, you don’t have to be Messi or Neymar and dribble multiple players. But every player should have some basic dribbling abilities.
You need to be able to take the ball with you in the opening space.
Without the skills, your touches might be too long.
To have a better dribbling ability, try to keep the ball close to you the whole time when running in an open field.
==>You should also check out this article about the purpose of dribbling in soccer.
E/ Protecting the ball
Sometimes you might be in situations where you don’t have open space and no one to pass the ball to.
In this situation, you need to learn how to protect the ball for a few seconds.
There are many ways to protect the ball. But for beginners, you should consider using the underside of your foot to pull the ball back and of course, away from defenders.
You should probably know by now what a skill is in soccer and maybe you have already mastered one of them.
Remember that you don’t need to master them all. Only two or three is enough in whatever position you are playing on.
And if you want to master them all, you will achieve it by practising.
What is your favourite skill? What skill would you like to master? Let us know in the comment section below.
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