Many players are never taught to use their arms. Learn to use them to get an edge over other players.
Using your arms is an easy skill to learn and it will noticeably improve your game.
This article provides a few benefits of using your arms in soccer and tips on learning the skill.
3 Benefits of Using Your Arms in Soccer
1. Improves technique
Your arms improve your balance and momentum.
Balance is important for every aspect of soccer. Good balance makes you harder to knock down, makes dribbling and other skills easier to perform, and improves your speed and agility.
Keeping balance is important for defenders. Many coaches tell attackers to “Make a defender off balance so you can beat him.” Using your arms to stabilize yourself will improve your defending.
Momentum improves your kicking technique. When you use your arms properly you will build more momentum when kicking. Momentum will increase the power of your kick.
2. Help keep defenders away
Use your arms to prevent defenders from getting close to the ball.
3. Look professional
People think you are a better player when you look good. Using your arms looks smooth and athletic.
Always look professional. Professionalism increases your chances of making a soccer team or getting noticed by scouts.
4 Tips on How to Use Your Arms in Soccer
1. Never fully extend your arms
You will get penalized when you fully extend your arms (like doing a stiff arm in American football).
To avoid getting penalized, raise and drop your arms repeatedly. Referees won’t call a penalty if you put your arm out then drop it quickly (within a few seconds).
Raise your arm to create space, drop it, then repeat.
2. Keep your arms low
Always keep your arms low (except when kicking the ball). Your arms should touch a player’s hip or stomach, never his chest.
You will get penalized if you lift your arms high and touch another player.
3. Use your arm to delay defenders
You should use your arms every time you beat another player.
When you move past them move an arm back and give the defender a slight push (or brush his arm away).
This will delay defenders from turning and coming after you for a couple seconds.
4. Make using your arms a habit
Using your arms isn’t hard after you make it a habit.
Make using your arms your focus for the next month. Think about using your arms every practice and training session.
After a month using your arms will become second nature. In other words, you will use them without thinking.