Tips For Improving Your Soccer Game
by Alfredo on April 9, 2012 at 06:52 PM EST

In the last few years it’s no doubt that soccer (football, futbol, calcio, etc.) has made in impact in both the US and Canada. Every year you find more people playing soccer, whether it’s with their friends or on a team. I’ve played soccer for nearly ten years, and I’ve seen many new comers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Many people get the wrong impression about soccer. People often think that it’s just chasing and kicking a ball into a big open net. It’s not, there’s more to it. The physical demand of soccer is probably the most underestimated aspect of the game. Whether its 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or even the total 90 minutes, it’s important to consider these tips before you have your next footie session.

Run

Yeah I put it so basic, run. But it’s that simple, I know most people wish they could get around it by maybe working out their legs more. But the truth is, there’s no way around it, you simply have to do it. Why? For the majority of the time you’ll be playing, you’re going to be running. Whether you’re taking on defenders, chasing forwards, opening up for a play, etc. you’re going to be running. Running-especially sprints-can be exhausting, so the more you run in preparation for your games, the less you’ll get tired. Forwards should really take this in mind because it sucks to take on the whole team and finish with a weak strike at goal due to tiredness.

Work Your Core

Why have a strong core? You want to be ready for those hits to the stomach you’ll most likely be getting. Whether it’s a ball striking your stomach, or an opponent, you want to be ready for that.Building the core will help keep you moving, rather than feeling out of breath and in pain.

Use Your Head the Right Way

There really isn’t much to it, if you’re going to hit the ball with the head, the best way to do so is with the forehead. Hitting the ball with the back of your head can be bad for both your head and your neck-it would also look totally weird. Hitting the ball with the top of your head could leave you dizzy and hurt. That leaves you with the forehead. Use the forehead, it’s the stronger part of your head and you will barely feel the contact with the ball. Still try avoid swinging your neck. Instead tilt your body forward (similar to doing crunches), that way you get more power into the ball. It’s also another reason to not cheat on your core exercises!

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