One of the best ways to become a better player in any sport is to practice what you know and to never stop learning. There is always room to learn new skills and to perfect them. Here are some helpful hints and new tricks for you to apply to your soccer game. Do not hesitate to ask for the ball if you feel like you are in a good position. Some players tend to focus entirely on what is directly in front of them and forget to keep track of where their teammates are. Draw their attention by waving your arms or asking for the ball.
Always keep your eyes open. If you are fortunate enough to get the ball, pass it to the person that you think can advance toward the goal, even if that is not you. Be selfless in order to help your team win. However, in order to follow this piece of advice, you have to be vigilant and know what is happening on the field at all times.
Do everything possible to avert colliding with another player. Anticipate where the opponent so you can prevent contact. This lets you keep the ball and greatly reduces your possibility of an injury. It is against the rules to use any part of your hands or arms, from shoulder to fingertips, to control a soccer ball that is in play. You can use your feet, knees, thighs, stomach, chest, and head. Be careful though. A headshot can hurt and you cannot control the ball well with your knees.
Switch the ball from one side to the other if you are trying to get away from a defender. Kick the ball with the inside of your foot and try gaining speed so you can escape the defender. Shield the ball with your body if the defender catches up to you. Try using the sides of the field. If there are lots of people in the center of the field, it makes it harder to play in that area.
Using the wing-men on your team can exploit the sides. Penetrate these areas and send the ball to the center so that your teammate can finish the play. Make sure to avoid knocking the ball out of bounds. To make sure you’re in shape, run three to four miles a day. Soccer requires lots of running so it’s important to be in excellent shape.
You will increase both your stamina and endurance if you run at least three miles daily. Run in numerous location to prevent boredom. It is very important that you eat a light meal before playing soccer, but make sure that you eat something that is not very heavy. Your meal should contain a lot of carbs and it should be eaten a couple of hours prior to you heading out on the field to play.
Now that you have learned a few new tricks, take the time to practice them until they come naturally to you. Share your new-found skills with friends and teammates. then hit the field and try them out during a friendly practice game.