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body composition  ¦  conditioning  ¦  12 basic affirmations  ¦  terms used in soccer
ball feelling  ¦  additional ball work  ¦  passing & recieving  ¦  speed & accelleration
juggling the ball  ¦  sensitizing the body  ¦  speedwork  ¦  speed training exercises
ADDITIONAL BALL WORK:

Close dribbling in any small open area. A 10 X 10 or 15 X 15
will be about the right size area.

Technical Quality of good dribbling:

  • Tight Control: Keep the ball as close to the foot as possible.
  • Change of speed: Shift gears or accelerate after the move.
  • Change of direction: Bend the knees while dribbling, and slash after making a move.
  1. Dribble the ball in different directions and places. Emphasis should be placed on not going straight. Move in constant different directions. Use only the inside of either foot. Remember to keep knees slightly bent.
  2. Dribble the ball in different directions and places using the outside of either foot. Again knees should be bent.
  3. Dribble the ball in different directions and places using both the inside and outside of either foot.
  4. Dribble the ball pretending there are defenders coming at you in different directions. Work on turns (inside, outside, sole of foot), moves, changes of direction, acceleration and deceleration to get away from the defender. Work hard as if you were really in a game situation. Try new moves, new fakes and feints.
  5. With a partner: Mark off an area (10 X 10 or more). One player has the ball. Try to keep possession of the ball for sixty seconds. You can shield the ball or move to space, etc. Try to keep possession of the ball without the ball going out of the area. The condition is that the ball cannot stop. You and the ball must be moving at all times.

Note: Remember to do these exercises as if you were in a game situation.


Remember
:

  • Keep the ball close to the feet under control.
  • Bend the knees
  • Arms slightly out for balance.
  • Head slightly up-looking both at the ball and the field-learn to play with head up.
  • Changes of speed to get to open space. (Acceleration and deceleration)
  • Changes of direction.
  • Your trainers and coaches should constantly be showing you new moves, turns, fakes and feints. You should train trying to use these new techniques.

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