What do I wear for my soccer match? – Football Gear & Equipment Guide

For some people simply getting the opportunity to play the game is enough, and they would only need the bare necessities such as a field, a soccer ball and something to signify the goal posts. However, for the committed and serious player, a lot more is needed, in terms of attire and equipment to complete… Continue reading What do I wear for my soccer match? – Football Gear & Equipment Guide

The BASICS: Learning the rules of soccer (For Novices)

Basically the games are played on a field, which is also called a pitch, with two separate 45 minute time lines. The break in-between these two segments, is usually used for regrouping purposes and redefining strategies. Typically a field would measure in 100 yards long and about 50 yards wide, although there are some fields… Continue reading The BASICS: Learning the rules of soccer (For Novices)

Soccer Skills Round Up – The Best Skill & Drill Videos October Vol 1

A Handy Collection of Soccer Skills from Instagram. Handpicked by our editorial team. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Football videos (@footballoksigen) Watch Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi show off their skills by nutmegging their opponents. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Footizer ⚽️ (@footizer) Sterling with a sublime… Continue reading Soccer Skills Round Up – The Best Skill & Drill Videos October Vol 1

How do I get better at soccer really fast?

How do I get better at soccer really fast? You have probably been watching videos and reading articles on how to improve in soccer. You are also probably following a number of soccer/skill related social accounts on Instagram or Twitter. You have also most importantly bought a great book on football technique philosophy, teaching you… Continue reading How do I get better at soccer really fast?

How to help your son improve at soccer – A handy guide

We all want our children to perform well while they are playing team sports. These games are taking place during their formative years, and developing self esteem and character through sports is key to their development.  As a parent or relative you can invest small amounts of time for maximum reward. Kids are great at… Continue reading How to help your son improve at soccer – A handy guide

Soccer: Choosing the right soccer / football cleats

Whether you are buying a pair of soccer boots for yourself or young player, knowing what which pair is best for, helps…..alot. Soccer boots, also known as soccer or football cleats, differ for each type of surface they could be potentially played. grass, artificial 3G pitch, Sandy turf all have their own unique requirements. Some… Continue reading Soccer: Choosing the right soccer / football cleats

Soccer: Can playing football games make you better in real life

 Can playing soccer video games make you better? The answer is a resounding YES…..and I can speak from my personal experience. Football games have come along way in the last 20 or so years. It would be hard to imagine such realism when playing some of the classic games today, on all the consoles such… Continue reading Soccer: Can playing football games make you better in real life

Soccer: Training for Soccer in the Gym

We have often been told that training in the gym for any sport can make you stiff, bulky with unoptimised muscle. A great example would be boxing, where excessive weight training can contribute to less agility and loss in power. If you study the physique of most mobile footballers, you will see varying levels of… Continue reading Soccer: Training for Soccer in the Gym

What to eat before a soccer match – Match Preparation

We have all done it. An hour before leaving for a match you get offered tasty breakfast or sumptuous dinner and decide to indulge. Only to feel like you are carrying an extra organ by the time you start playing. You felt lethargic and unable to engage your core muscles with any intensity. Too much… Continue reading What to eat before a soccer match – Match Preparation

A Very Useful Soccer Drill – To improve your sideways dribbling (For Wingers & Midfielders)

This drill when practised over the course of days will help you to carry the ball sideways with ease. Once perfect you will be able carry the ball smoothly from side to side while scanning g the pitch for possible openings and opportunities. Many defenders will not engage directly straightaway when in this body position.… Continue reading A Very Useful Soccer Drill – To improve your sideways dribbling (For Wingers & Midfielders)

3 Handy Soccer Dribbling Skills to Beat Anyone

Sometimes on occasion you may find yourself in a tight spot during a football match. If you have options cut off, you can use a handy trick or two to bypass servers opponents. Building your skills base makes you more mobile, able to navigate more freely and allows you to have confidence knowing you aren’t… Continue reading 3 Handy Soccer Dribbling Skills to Beat Anyone

Top 10 Training Soccer Equipment for: Speed, Dribbling & Power

You can train your body for most aspects of football without any special equipment other than a soccer ball. But there are some great pieces of equipment you can buy to maximise your progress and focus on special areas. Some are crucial to taking you to the next level, and other are somewhat of a… Continue reading Top 10 Training Soccer Equipment for: Speed, Dribbling & Power

Football Fitness – Which position runs the most and least in soccer?

Most players tend not to love the fitness side of soccer. 11-a-side football can be a very physically demanding task for the average player. Other than the obvious minimal fitness required of a goalkeeper, we will examine who has to do the most, and least “water carrying” on the field. Before we dive in, it’s… Continue reading Football Fitness – Which position runs the most and least in soccer?

Soccer: Dribbling with the ball under pressure

We know, you’ve practised in your spare time with cones. You’ve been working on your speed ladder exercises and ball mastery. Your touch is awesome and when you’re out there alone you have Zidane like ball control.  But sometimes, you get to the match and depending on who you’re playing with some of it goes… Continue reading Soccer: Dribbling with the ball under pressure

Learning Defensive Midfield – Your positioning and reading of the game

Defensive midfield is somewhat of a specialised position in today’s game. Many teams opt for hybrid midfielders in their playing systems, but a solid DM still can change a game. The Job of a Defensive Midfielder A Defensive Midfielder’s main role is to protect the back four (or three) from attacks from the opposing team.… Continue reading Learning Defensive Midfield – Your positioning and reading of the game

How to play at full back position in soccer: Positioning yourself and how to defend well

Find out how to really nail down your starting place or grow into your position as we look at the key aspects of a full back job. How you go about it is an entirely different story and up to you. This quick guide will show you what to do, and why right back, left… Continue reading How to play at full back position in soccer: Positioning yourself and how to defend well

Getting more comfortable dribbling with the ball

Dribbling takes practice When you improve your dribbling you will notice! And so will your teammates. Knowing you can get out of sticky situations with possession offers a plan B, if a move doesn’t come together. Sometimes you may have opponents trying to close you down and passes are blocked. In scenarios like that, you… Continue reading Getting more comfortable dribbling with the ball

Beach Soccer: Does it make you better?

The beach, where many are laying in the sun, listening to some samba/reggae. While some relax feeling the gentle breeze of the wind by the shoreline, true ballers are playing football to their hearts delight. You may have heard the saying “beach football is serious” or “beach football makes you better”. Let’s discuss in further… Continue reading Beach Soccer: Does it make you better?

How to do more skills in a soccer match – Improve your trickery

Skills, trickery, fakes and feints… Improving your trickery is an art that does take some time, but luckily this book shows you the fundamental building blocks for you to use when developing your style. Almost every player has a set of practices and feints they use when necessary; they use them over and over again and have mastered the… Continue reading How to do more skills in a soccer match – Improve your trickery

The art of the long pass – Advanced soccer tips

Long Passing/Crossing Greats like Cesc Fabregas and Paul Scholes have shown over the years how important and effective long passing can be. Long passing allows you to use your vision and distribute the ball to almost any area on the pitch quickly without fear of interception. It can be used to relieve a certain area of pressure… Continue reading The art of the long pass – Advanced soccer tips

How to take accurate free kicks in soccer

Free Kicks A free kick offers a chance to basically have a free shot at goal. Although it is unpressured, your certainly feel the pressure if you the one taking one! So relaxation and focus is at the forefront of this technique. Legendary famous free-kickers include David Beckham, Juninho, Christiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie and many others.… Continue reading How to take accurate free kicks in soccer

Soccer: How to shoot properly and improve your finishing

There are 3 main types of shooting: Instep – This part of your foot is positioned just near the laces above the big toe. This is perhaps the most powerful shot but can lack accuracy. Inside foot – This part of your foot is normally used for passing but can be effective for placed and accurate shots. Outside foot – This is an expert… Continue reading Soccer: How to shoot properly and improve your finishing

How to improve your soccer vision – passing and receiving the ball like a genius

Vision They say that in a blind man’s world the man with one eye is king. Well in a football game usually the players with the most vision are the most effective. You may be able to beat 5 players in a row but means little if you don’t have the vision to see that… Continue reading How to improve your soccer vision – passing and receiving the ball like a genius

Soccer: Training for speed and explosiveness

In Soccer, a player can have all of the skill attributes to dominate during matches. First touch, excellent dribbling and great shooting are all considered key elements of a player’s overall game. But football is also an athletic sport. Being first to the ball, winning duels and shift directions will be the difference when moving… Continue reading Soccer: Training for speed and explosiveness

Soccer: How to improve your finishing

A Quick guide to finishing your breakfast – in front of goal. Tip: It’s mostly mental…… Do you do all the hard and dribble past 10 people with some fancy footwork, finally lose the last defender only to miss your shot? Read on for more help. The art of finishing is an interesting subject as having a good shot does not… Continue reading Soccer: How to improve your finishing

Soccer Dribbling: A Guide to Fast / Quick Feet

Fast Feet If you look at best dribblers and players who are skilled in possession, you will notice they are able to take many steps in all directions quickly. They are able to turn, swivel and change position more easily than the opponents. When your feet are fast you open up a bigger range of moves and manoeuvres as… Continue reading Soccer Dribbling: A Guide to Fast / Quick Feet

Lionel Messi’s Dribbling Tips – A Case Study

Case study: Messi’s Dribbling Tips In a video online, Lionel Messi, who is probably the best dribbler in the world at time of print, shows some of his techniques he uses to beat defenders. When 1v1 (back to defender): 1.       Messi explains he receives the ball with the foot facing away from the defender, then proceeds to have a quick… Continue reading Lionel Messi’s Dribbling Tips – A Case Study

Soccer Movement: The Art of Making Runs

Football is a skills based sport. You have a goal, and you want to get there. Skills will pave the way. In soccer, movement is the difference between a great player and an elite level player. Watch any of the great strikers and midfield players and you will see that they score and create chances,… Continue reading Soccer Movement: The Art of Making Runs