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Basic Soccer Techniques for Beginners

Whether you are an adult, youth or child wanting to learn soccer, it can be both exciting and challenging. One of the first things you need to know are the basic soccer techniques that must be done in repetition so that you can become the best soccer player on the field.

Soccer is a sport that has been around for generations and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It is heavily played in European countries as well as Africa where i'm from.

Understanding some of the basic soccer techniques will form a solid foundation that will help you in playing the sport, while disciplining you for other areas in your life. So, what are some of the basic soccer techniques you will need to know? 

This article will help you learn what these soccer techniques are and what part of your game it will strengthen. These basic techniques can be broken down into  individual technique. Let get started. 

Individual Soccer Techniques

Passing: Passing the ball is one of the first basic soccer techniques  you will learn. This can be done with the inside or outside of the foot.

Shooting: Shooting is another basic soccer technique  you need to learn as a beginning soccer player. 

This can be done with the inside and outside of the foot, or with the instep.

Heading: Heading is when you  attempt to control or direct the ball  toward  a specific direction with your head.  It is another great basic soccer technique that you need to understand. 

Individual Soccer Technique

Trapping the Ball: This allows you to control the ball when its passed to you. The goal is to not allow other players to get near the ball. 

Feint and Dribble: There are different variations of this that you will need to learn as a beginning soccer player or as you practice your basic soccer technique. They include: the passing move, the body move, the shooting move, the back foot move and the scissors move. 

Ball Control: This is one of the most key ingredients to becoming a great soccer player. Remembering to look up before receiving the ball and having great ball control while using your foot and other parts of your body to move forward is very important in soccer.

Turning: Being able to turn and maneuver your body with the soccer ball will have you on your way to becoming the next Pele.

Attacking Soccer Techniques

Attacking Soccer Techniques

Principles of Attack: There are two very important principles of attack you need to learn as beginner. 

These include always giving support to your teammates, and creating the right passing distance between yourself and your teammate. This will allow for better play and the chemistry between you and your teammate will grow.

These two pieces of information will help you as you grow in your quest of becoming a great soccer player. 

Passing Play: The key to passing is to always remember to look up and make note of your surroundings. Understanding that the ball could be pass to you at anytime will always keep you moving and ready for any play. Looking up allows you to get your feet and body ready for receiving the ball and passing it on to your teammates.

Run: There are many variations of runs that you will need to learn in soccer. They include: deep runs, diagonal runs, v-runs, creating your own space runs and creating space for others runs. These are all a basic part of what you will need to learn and do as a part of  team. 

Finishing: The finishing technique is the most glorious technique in soccer. This is when you finally get to score that much-needed goal. one of the things to remember is not to be selfish. You do not have to be the one that score the goal all the time. Remember to pass the ball if you are not in the position to score. The goal is to win as a team. 

Defending Soccer Techniques

Principles of Defense:There are basic principle of defense that you need to understand if you want to become a better soccer player. A team that has a weak defense is useless no matter how great or strong the forward is. Defense is everything in soccer. You will never lose if you don't let people score. Some of these defensive moves that you have to understand are: goal-side, marking, covering, pressing and learning the danger areas on the soccer field. 

1-1 Situation: one-on-one situations are unavoidable in soccer. Facing and challenging an opponent is a technique you have to develop and get really good at if you want to become a really good soccer player.

Defending Soccer Techniques

You need to learn how to challenge other soccer players, get past them and leave them in the dust. The only way to be able to do this is practice! practice! practice!

Goalkeeping Soccer Techniques

Goalkeeping Soccer Techniques

Movement & Positioning Techniques: Goalies are the last line of defense. Your role as a goalie is very crucial to your team. believe it or not, I like to think that the goalie is one of the most if not the most important person on the field. 

A large part of being a great goalie is understanding your current position in front of the goal according to how the soccer ball is being moved across the field.

 Doing this will allow you to position yourself to better respond to anything that is coming your way.

Catching the Ball: There are three basic techniques you need to learn in order to catch the ball to the best of your abilities. They include cupping, gripping low balls and gripping high balls. Each technique is important in its own way and must be learned as a daily routine in your drills.

Diving Techniques: This is another key thing to learn during your drills. You will need to learn the correct diving techniques for defending both low balls and high balls. 

This will increase your ability to defend your opponent effectively while making sure that the other team does not score or get awarded a foul. 

Shot Stopping: Being able to stop a shot is your job as a goalie. This is another basic soccer technique  you must learn in order to be effective. 

One-on-One: As a goalie, your one-on-one situation are much more detrimental to the team than a normal soccer player, so learning how to defend in one-on-one situations should be your number one priority. Mastering this will allow you to own your domain.

Dealing with Crosses: Understanding how to cross is also very important for goalie. Most players use their goalie to open plays. Your job as a goalie should not only be about catching balls and defending the goal. You will be a better goalie if you fully understand how to work with your players, especially the Defenders. The truth is, it is your job to fully control what happens in your domain, and your domain is the box.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the best basic soccer techniques for beginner players. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a more advanced soccer player working on their daily soccer drills. Working within these categories, depending upon your position on the field will help to improve your soccer game. 

About the author

Lazy Legs

"I learned all about life with a ball at my feet." Soccer allows me to push the limits of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train, I play, and I repeat every single day. I hope you like my site. Feel free to say hey. I don't bite. :)

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