The basis and foundation of all successful touches and execution of soccer skills is proper soccer techniques. With the proper technique, you don’t have to build so much leg muscle to send the ball curving to the goal. With just the right technique to dribble a ball past a huge defender, a small and short forward can successfully outplay an entire backline and find himself head to head with the goalkeeper.
The right soccer techniques are key to any player’s successful moves. And it is also what makes a great soccer player. Look at Lionel Messi — he’s not the tallest nor is he the most physical soccer player in the world — but he is considered to be the greatest soccer player of all time because of impeccable technique.
Here are a few soccer techniques for soccer’s basic skills:
When receiving the ball, always approach the ball as it is coming to you. Anticipate the flight or direction and approach it rather than just standing and waiting for it to reach you. Once you approach the ball, always determine what part of your body you are going to receive it with. Once you come in contact with the ball, do not receive it by completely stopping the ball.
Hit two birds with one stone by guiding it to the desired direction. For example, you approached the ball with a defender on your right coming your way. Receive the ball using your left foot and slightly push it to open space beside you, making it difficult for the defender to get to the ball since you’re placing your body between you and the ball, all in one simple move.
Since soccer is a team sport, passing is crucial for winning games. When you pass the ball, always be aware of where your teammates and opponents are. Look for a teammate or a space that’s least accessible to opponents. Use the inside of your foot for ground passes and your instep for air balls.
Lean your torso forward, slightly bend your knees, keep the ball as close to you as possible, and use all parts of your foot. Once you’ve dribbled your way past an opponent, change direction by accelerating past him and onto open space so you have a better control of the ball without a defender tackling you.
And lastly, shooting. Once you have the space to shoot, take a quick look at your target, focus your eye on the ball, lean forward (to prevent the ball from flying over the crossbar), bring your foot back, and strike the ball below the middle of its surface, and don’t forget to follow through.