Soccer Ball Control Drills – Top 5 Drills for A Simple Workout


Soccer Ball Control Drills – Top 5 Drills For A Simple Workout


 

Imagine yourself getting ready for the biggest soccer game of your life.Soccer Ball Control Drills

 

You lace up your gold and black Adidas cleats, you hear the sound of pouring rain outside, and your heart is beating out of your chest as the crowd is going wild. It’s going to be a messy game but because of your love and passion for the game you couldn’t care less.

 

All those drills working on your footwork and ball control after every practice are about to be tested in a ninety-minute game against the best team in the league.

 

Stoppage time comes. The game is tied 1-1 and your teammate just sent a beautiful ball to the corner flag where your ball handling skills are going to be tested right now.

 

You fake left, just like you have done so many times in practice. Dragging the ball right you see a sprinkle of fresh cut grass that flies into the air as you’re perfectly position cleat clips on by your opponent.

 

It’s only you and the goalie now. The shot goes off your foot hits the post and…

 

Good Players vs. Great Players

 

The difference between good players and great players is that great players control the ball in game pressure situations.

 

If you ask any team, they would tell you that controlling the ball for 90 minutes of a soccer match is crucial.

 

When you do control the ball, you prevent the other team from having opportunities to score goals.

 

In order to do this, each individual needs to know how to control the ball in big game situations.

 

(If you want to find out what happened to the ball after it hit the post then keep reading after the drills)

 

My Top 5 Soccer Ball Control Drills

 

Here is a workout using my top 5 drills.

 

I promise that if you use this workout over and over and over again you will see improvement and will be ready to beat the best teams in the league.

 

Volley Drill-How To Shoot A Perfect Volley

  • Set up 5 cones in a horizontal line.
  • Player 1 is weaving in and out of cones working on footwork and speed
  • Player 2 is tossing the ball to player 1’s foot to volley after weaving through cones
  • Player 2 can change what area of the body he wants player 1 to volley it from
    • Example:
      • Inside of the foot or top of the foot
      • Knee to top of the foot
      • From chest to inside of the foot

Box Drill-

  • Set up 4 cones in a shape of a box
  • Player in the middle of the box has a ball
  • Player will make 10 touches on the ball using different moves (toe taps, side rolls, pitter patter, etc.) then run to a corner cone.
  • After each corner cone the player comes back to the middle doing another 10 touches.

Two-Cone Drill-

  • 1 Player with two cones
  • For the full drill check this video out:


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5 Cone Drill-

  • 5 cones in the shape of a plus sign
  • To begin, the player starts with the ball by the middle cone and begins to alternate feet while rolling the ball to the first cone
  • He then rolls the ball back to the middle cone traveling backwards
  • After he gets to the middle cone, the player will then roll the ball with his left foot to the right until he gets to the second cone and then back to the middle with his left foot.
  • The player will then alternate feet by rolling the ball backwards to the third cone and then forwards back to the middle.
  • Finally, the player will roll the ball using their right foot to the final cone and then back with their left foot to the middle cone.
  • The player then will sprint with the ball forwards to end the drill.

Juggling-

  • Juggle the ball by yourself or with a partner.
  • Get at least 1000 touches on the ball
  • Create a goal to reach 20+ touches before the ball hits the groundSoccer Juggling Training

 

Earlier in this article I wrote…

 

“It is you and the goalie. The shot goes off your foot hits the post and…”

 

What happened?

 

Well, if you’re talking about my personal experience then…

 

The ball went into the net and the crowd went wild as they stormed the field… Or almost like that. 🙂

 

Have you ever experienced something like that?

 

I have…

 

And if you can hang out with me for just a short few more I’ll tell ya.

 

We were playing a rivalry game against a team that was always out for blood. Each of our teams hated losing to each other and was trying to get the upper hand the whole game.

 

We were tied 1-1 and Steven, one of our midfielders got taken down from behind. You could actually see dirt marks all over his shin and calf so we were like…

 

“Ya ref, you better make that call!”

 

The referee gave us a free kick near mid-field. It was a long way away from the goal and none of us ever imagined scoring from there, but we took it for sure, gosh who wouldn’t!

 

As the ref gave the go, Steven pinged a beautiful free kick floating the ball perfectly into the box. Cody, one of our tallest guys, standing 6 foot 3, jumped and headed the soccer ball with his bleached white head of hair plunging it toward the net.

 

I was trailing on the opposite side of the soccer field as him, in full white, my team uniform drenched in sweat with penetrating green grass stains from leaving it all on the field that day.

 

From this position I could actually see that the ball was clearly slicing hard left from the goal. As I turned away from my sheen, black, uniformed opponent, that was trying to mark me up and raced toward the ball I thought, just maybeeee…

 

Ya, just maybe I can get a toe on the ball and sure enough…Easy Soccer Foot Skills

 

Sprinting full speed from behind, I lunged out with my black and gold Adidas cleat barely squeaking a touch of my toe on that white Nike soccer ball and poked it into the back of the net!

 

And YES, that is an actual picture of me scoring that goal!

 

My adrenaline was in full throat and looking back at Cody I just realized I took a perfect pass – more or less, even though I knew he was trying to score from there himself with a header – and actually scored my first goal of the year from a header pass.
Wow was I pumped!

 

Our screaming fans always knew the magnitude of this rivalry and probably would have stormed the field if the game was over, but to say the least, they were going wild as the stands were a rockin. We went up 2-1 with my first goal of the year. Wow!

 

We ended up winning that game by 4 points, but what a feeling it was to score a goal in one of the biggest games of my life, not to mention my first of the year.

 

Oh, did I mention it was my first goal of the year? 😉

 

Ya, I probably did.

 

All those penetrating grass stains and drills I kept working on were definitely worth it that day!

 

Always Creating Overcomers,

 

Coach Up

 


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


 

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Shooting Soccer Drills – 4 Ways to Shoot a Soccer Ball with Power and Accuracy


Shooting Soccer Drills – 4 Ways to Shoot with Power & Accuracy


 

Get More Power And Accuracy With These 4 Shooting Soccer Drills. Scoring Goals Is A Direct Result Of The Proper Shot And The Proper Placement Of Your Foot.

Do you want to score goals and be the hero of the game? If so, your shot has to have power behind Soccer Shooting Drillsit. Below I will cover some shooting soccer drills that will give you the most power in your shot. It will cover the right way and wrong way of shooting with power.

Let’s first take a look at the wrong way so we can avoid it during the game as soon as possible.

 

The Wrong Way To Kick a Soccer Ball – Taking A Shot Incorrectly

 

Have you ever been driving down the road thinking you are going the right way only to realize you have been going the wrong way the whole time?

 

Okay…Maybe that was just me….

 

Struggling soccer players today wonder why their shot doesn’t have power behind it only to find out that they have not been coached properly (the wrong road) and have been shooting the soccer ball wrong their whole short career.

 

Here are a few reasons why your shot may not be powerful enough…

 

  • You are leaning back when you shoot rather than leaning over the ball.
  • You kick with your toe rather than your laces.
  • You are off balance rather than being stable.
  • You are shooting for power rather than technique
  • You lack confidence rather than believing in your skills.

Now let’s take a look at the correct way so we can take our game to another level.

 

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Shoot a Soccer Ball with Power and Accuracy –

 

Shooting the soccer ball is probably the most complicated part of your soccer skills.

 

Many coaches today work on every other skill, but forget about teaching their players the right way to shoot a soccer ball.

 

Often time’s teams are losing games because they are having a hard time putting the ball in to the back of the net.

 

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Everyone knows that you have to score goals to win games!

 

Here are a few tips on how to shoot a soccer ball with power and Accuracy…

  1. Body Posture
  2. Position of your foot
  3. Be positive
  4. Follow through after shooting

Body Posture;

Most younger, inexperienced, players don’t realize how important body posture is when striking the ball! In one of my recent posts, Soccer Passing DrillsIncreasing Your Passing Accuracy, I go over a players body posture should be while playing the game. If you have not already read that article I recommend you read it before going any further.

 

The Position of Your Foot;

The position of your foot while shooting the ball is essential. It will determine if you get momentum behind your shot or not.Make sure your plant foot (non-kicking foot) is next to the ball, but a couple feet away from the ball horizontally.You want to have your ankle locked and toe down making sure you are using your laces. The direction of your foot will change depending on where you want to shoot the ball.

 

Be Positive;

Get rid of the “I can’t” mentality and believe that the ball is going to go into the net!Again, what I see younger players do when trying to score, even when they have gotten pass the last defender, is they focus solely on the goalkeeper when shooting.A soccer goal is very large and there is a lot of space between the post and the goalkeeper but because the player’s focal point is the goalie and not another portion of the larger opening, they tend to kick the ball right directly at the goalkeeper.Players often times miss scoring a goal, because mentally they are not focused on where they want the ball to go or they go into their shot believing they are going to miss.

 

As a player you should be visualizing yourself scoring goals regularly. Therefore, picture where you want the ball to go and then shoot that ball into the back of the net.

 

Follow Through After Shooting;

If you are practicing the right technique, then you will land on your kicking foot after you strike the ball.This will help keep the ball low creating more power and momentum as you strike the ball.The higher you lift your toe after you shoot the higher your shot will be.

 

Remember….

 

Shooting technique is more important than shooting power

 

If you work on your technique first…U6 Soccer Shooting Drills

 

…the power behind your shot will naturally happen.

 

So….

 

…by changing your shooting techniques and starting to do more shooting drills I promise that you will start scoring goals more often and maybe even become the team hero.

 

Take some time today to practice all these tips tricks at SoccerSkillsU.com and you WILL become a better player.

Always Creating Overcomers,

 

Coach Up

 


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


 

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How To Improve Your Soccer Skills – 3 Fundamental Passing Drills


How To Improve Your Soccer Skills – 3 Helpful Passing Drills


 

Want To Learn How To Improve Your Soccer Skills? These 3 Fundamental Passing Drills Helped Me A Lot, And Will Help Take Your Skill Level Up A Notch Or Two.

You can learn how to improve your soccer skills by running certain fundamental drills. In this post we will take a look at 3 fundamental passing drills that can help.

 

However, you should probably read my previous post here first to get a better feel for these drills.

 

Gated Passing Drill- Soccer Passing Drills

  • Works on:
    • Passing Accuracy
    • Receiving
    • First Touch
    • Right and Left foot
  • What You Need:
    • A Ball
    • A Partner
    • 4 Cones
  • Instructions:
    • Each player stands 5 yards apart from each other with two cones and spreads them about a yard apart.
    • Each player stands behind the gated cones passing the ball back and forth in between the two cones making sure the ball comes through the gates each time.
    • Each player starts with a two-touch passing drill. Once to trap the ball the other to pass the ball.
    • Each player then moves to a one-touch passing drill. Passing the ball as soon as it gets to you.


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Around the World Passing Drill-

  • Works On:
    • Passing Accuracy
    • First Touch
    • Right and Left foot
    • Receiving
  • What You Need:
    • A Ball
    • Two Cones
    • A Partner
  • Instructions:
    • Each player stands 10 yards apart with one cone in front of them.
    • The object is to pass the ball around the cones going clockwise or counter clockwise.

 

If you go clockwise then you will receive the ball with your right foot making sure the first touch is at an angle and behind the cone to line you up for the second touch passing with your left. But if you pass counter clockwise then you will receive with your left and pass with your right.

Soccer Horseshoes-U8 Passing Soccer Drills

  • Works On:
    • Driving/Passing the ball in the air
    • Trapping the ball out of the air
    • Soft Receiving Touch
  • What You Need:
    • A Ball
    • A Partner
    • 8 flat Cones
    • 2 tall cone
  • Instructions:
    • Each player makes a 3×3 box about 30 yards away from each other.
    • Each player places the taller cone in the middle of each box.
    • One player drives the ball in the air from his box to the other player’s box.
    • The player receiving the ball traps the ball out of the air trying to get the ball to hit the tall cone in the middle of the box.
    • 1 point for trapping the ball inside the box.
    • 2 points for hitting the taller cone with the ball inside the box.
    • 3 points for knocking the taller cone over inside the box.
    • First player to 11 wins.

 

If you consistently work on these 3 fundamental passing drills, I can guarantee that your accuracy will improve along with your receiving skills, first touch skills, and ball control skills. The more you practice the better you will become.

 

Don’t quit and keep up the good work!

 

Always Creating Overcomers,

 

Coach Up

 


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


 

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Soccer Passing Drills – Increasing Your Passing Accuracy


Soccer Passing Drills – Increasing Your Passing Accuracy


Soccer Passing Drills Are Hugely Beneficial To Your Game. Regardless Of Your Position On The Field These Soccer Passing Drills Help With Passing Accuracy…

 

As a player, being involved in soccer passing drills is hugely beneficial to your game. Youth Soccer Training Drills

 

Regardless of what position you are playing on the field; you must know how to pass a soccer ball with accuracy. If you cannot pass well, then you will be playing on the bench.

 

No team will want a soccer player who gives the ball away because of inaccurate passes.

 

I have three fundamental soccer drills that will take your passing game to the next level.

 

Before we get to the actual drills some basic questions need to be answered…

  1. What is the proper body posture when passing?
  2. What part of the foot do I pass with?

 

1. What is The Proper Body Posture When Passing?

 

One of the biggest mistakes players make when passing the ball is their eyes are on the goal or the player rather than being on the ball. Having your eyes focused on the ball is going to improve your accuracy when passing.

 

After you master the simple discipline of keeping your focus on the ball when passing, the posture of your plant foot is very important.

 

Your plant foot should be placed next to the ball in the direction you are passing.

 

Often times when coaches teach long soccer passing soccer drills to students, players run up to pass the ball and put their plant foot behind or in front of the ball.

 

This method will only make your accuracy worse. Especially on the long pass!

 

So, I would instruct the player to make sure when passing the ball that their plant foot is beside the ball in the direction they would want to pass.

 


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2. What Part of The Foot Do I Pass With?

 

When playing the game of soccer there are many ways to pass the ball.

The majority of passes will be used with the inside of your foot, but there are times using the outside of your foot or top of your foot is helpful and more efficient.

 

There are two types of passes you can make.

  1. Short pass
  2. Long pass

The Short Pass:

 

The short pass is simple and is used for passing to players 5-10 yards away.

 

After focusing your eyes on the ball and your plant foot is place beside the ball, use the inside of your foot to pass the ball. The inside of your foot is from your heel to your big toe.

 

However, you do not want to strike the ball with the toe portion of the inside of your foot. Using the toe will make your passes weak.

 

Rather, you want to make sure that you strike the ball with the base of your foot where the ankle and foot connect. This is the most surfaced area and will make your passes stronger.

 

The Long Pass:Soccer Long Passing Drills

 

The long pass is a little more difficult and is used for passing to players 30-40 yards away.

 

You should have your eyes on the ball and your plant foot placed beside the ball as previously instructed, then with the long pass you strike the ball with the laces of your cleat.

 

 

When making the long pass there are a couple technical things to keep in mind:

 

  • Make sure your shoulders are pointing at your target
  • Plant foot should already be beside the ball and approximately 6 inches away from the ball
  • Passing foot should be out and pointed downward hitting with the laces
  • Keep the ball on the ground or a foot off the ground
  • Follow through with your kick and stay over the ball when striking

 

Now that we have covered the basics of body posture and foot positioning, we will look at some soccer passing drills. These 3 fundamental soccer drills will help improve your passing accuracy.

 

Always Creating Overcomers,

 

Coach Up

 


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


 

PS. If you have any experiences or stories (I love to hear your game stories, win or loose) about anything soccer please feel free to leave it below. Or ask me a question and I promise I will do my best to answer it!

 

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