Sometimes, little things can have a big impact. Often times, players overlook simple fundamentals that can vastly improve their game. These 7 soccer tips will have you well on your way to becoming a better player.
1. Use your arms
Most players are stiff because they never learn to use their arms properly.
Learning to use your arms is quick, easy, and will make a big difference in your success on the pitch.
Your arms will make your movement more fluid (which improves your technique), will make taking the ball away from you harder, and will make you look more professional (helps with tryouts).
Pay attention to your arms when you play. It’s easy and effective. For more information on using your arms, reference the article, How To Use Your Arms in Soccer.
2. Follow through
There are many ways to improve your passing and shooting technique.
The best and easiest thing to implement is following through. When you follow through with your kicking leg after you shoot your shots will become significantly more powerful.
When you follow through after passing, your passes will be more accurate. Simply point your foot at to your target when following through.
3. Move around the pitch
Moving around the pitch effectively will drastically improve your ability as a player. You will receive more passes, have more time and space, and will win more headers.
Think about moving constantly. Move after you pass or shoot the ball. Move whenever your teammates have the ball. You will be shocked at how much better you play.
4. Watch the pros
Every advanced player I know watches the pros constantly. The more they watch, the easier it is to imitate the best players in the world.
Watching soccer is easy, but it can have a huge impact on your game. Imitate the pros and you will improve quickly.
5. Always stay hydrated
Hydration puts you at an advantage because most players are constantly dehydrated.
Sure, players hydrate during games, but this is far from effective. In order to play your best you need to stay hydrated throughout the day. Your pee should always be clear.
You will see a significant boost in energy when you start drinking enough fluids. This will give you an edge over other players.
These tweaks are simple to implement, but will have a real impact on your ability.
For a list of gear every soccer player should have, visit the Complete Soccer Guide Equipment List.