|Let’s see if we can learn how to play soccer like Megan Rapinoe. Yes, this will take a lot of practice and hard work, but there’s no better women’s soccer player to model your game after. Rapinoe, the Ballon d’Or winner for 2019, an award for the best women’s soccer player in the world, is an artist on the soccer field. The four qualities and skills that standout in the U.S. Women’s national team player are her ability to take players on, how she shields the ball and holds players off, and her crossing and shooting skills.Yes, those are four important and very useful qualities to possess as a soccer player and what makes Rapinoe a very unique and special player.
But there’s something else about Rapinoe that separates her from everyone else: she’s got that knack to try new things and do the unexpected and she plays at a slower pace in a way than everyone else until she doesn’t. Meaning she knows to go slow and then fast. Change of pace. She’s got that ability to hypnotize opponents. Make them think she’s going one way when she’s really going the other. Lull them to sleep or sucker them into diving in when the soccer balls at her feet.
New: Watch this free kick by Rapinoe. She’s become an expert.
Rapinoe started out playing for the University of Portland before moving on to the professional soccer ranks and to eventually staring for the women’s national team and the Seattle Reign FC. It’s no wonder though she a soccer star, as Rapinoe is a player who performs her best in the biggest games and doesn’t shy away from a challenge. If you want to learn how to play like her, this is what you need to do:
Take Players On
Shields the Soccer Ball
Whips Those Crosses In
Plays One Touch Soccer
She’s Always Wants the Ball
Free Kick Specialist
Rapinoe’s Cross to Wambach Versus Brazil
Get Your Head Up & Take Shots
Rapinoe’s Goal Versus Canada
And here Rapinoe enjoys heading the ball like a seal. Don’t laugh, the seal dribbling skill is a real thing. Check it out. Yeah, I doubt this will come in handy during an actual soccer game but you never know.
Lastly, what’s unique about Rapinoe is her touch on the ball. And really, it seems that she has perfect touch and control with the ball no matter what foot she uses, right or left. And that’s quite rare actually in men’s and women’s soccer. Often top players favor one foot. Yes, they are good with both but would rather use one foot. I think Rapinoe is equally good with both.
Something that’s rare in both the men’s and women’s game, really. Plenty of pro soccer players are skillful on the ball with one foot, but usually not both. Their touch might be good with either foot, but not perfect. They tend to favor one foot over the other. For Rapinoe though, it’s seems like she has great touch with either foot. Check out her first touch on this goal versus Brazil.
In the end, if you want to play like Rapinoe, like all great players in world football, you’ll need to learn how to wait for your opponent to make a mistake and then act on that.
Rapinoe doesn’t go too fast. She will wait for you to make a mistake and then take advantage of it. It’s like Cristiano Ronaldo when he played early on for Manchester United, he almost played too fast, did too many moves and step overs. He learned to vary his pace and moves. Rapinoe has that skill, the patience to pick her spots and she knows when to take players on or when to just lay the ball off and move into a more dangerous position on the soccer field.
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